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- To hike on a multi-day trail without carrying a backpack. Typically, this is accomplished by having another person transport the backpack using a vehicle.
- 2012, Paul Stutzman, Hiking Through: One Man's Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail, →ISBN:
- Some hikers choose to slackpack when they want credit for hiking the miles but do not want to carry full packs over difficult terrain.
- 2009, George Sandul, The Road to Damascus... and Beyond, →ISBN, page 199:
- Early on in my hike I ran into Sloop hiking south on the Trail. He was slackpacking. When we made eye contact, he looked down and very softly said, "You caught me."