The Appalachian Trail, just like any other culture, has it’s own language. Below are some terms that we will hear when we are out and about on the trail:

– Blue blazer – takes short cuts on blue blazed trails

–  Purist – only hikes white blazes

– Yellow blazer – these people follow the highway, cutting off major portions

–  Slackpacker – one who hikes after leaving a pack with someone who will meet up with them later on

–  Trail names got their start in 1970 when two Bobs needed nicknames. So, they became known as Brooklyn and Boston. Now most thru-hikers will be given a name during their hike.

– PUDS – pointless ups and downs

– AYCE – all you can eat

– granny gear – hiking at a slow pace

– half gallon club – membership open to any hiker that consumes a half gallon of ice cream in one sitting (we will be joining) usually done at the half way point of the AT

– hiker box – box or bin at a hostel, hotel etc used to exchange supplies – so, if we get tired of carrying our Yahtzee game we will put it in there for someone else to use for awhile. 🙂

– NOBO (northbound hiker), SOBO (southbound hiker)

– trail angels – person who helps hikers by providing drinks, food or rides for no fee

– turtle-ing – a tumble where hiker lands on a pack and struggles to retain footing. This will happen frequently.

– vitamin I – ibuprofen

– Yogi-ing – begging food from fellow hikers, like Yogi. We think our food is going to be so awesome that people will be yogi-ing from US!

– web walking – first hiker on the trail in the morning, thus clearing spider webs…usually with their face.

– zero day – where we don’t hike…at all..except to do laundry

– yo-yoing – hiking from one end of the trail to the other, and turning around and going back to the starting point.  I really doubt we will do this!

Now you will be able to interpret our posts. Good luck!

About Renee

I enjoy adventures. Whether running marathons, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, working with Service Adventure, or working with youth as Program Director of Swan Lake Christian Camp for 9 years, I have encountered many an adventure. On this site I will try to capture the big and small ones for you. Enjoy!

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