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!