Below is my hike in thru-hiker terminology. Definitions are provided at end!
I will be attempting to be a NOBO thru-hike beginning March 31 at Springer Mt, GA. I’ll be a hicker for sure but will be a white-blazer as well. No blue-blaze or yellow-blaze but I may slackpack. As for you, feel free to HYOH.
Vitamin I and mountain money will be extremely important. I’ll also make sure to camel every morning.
I’m looking forward to meeting my tramily and lots of AYCE’s.
With the help of trail angels and their trail magic, I’ll complete my end-to-ender in Maine. I hope to finish by Labor Day…assuming I don’t take too many zero’s and nero’s.
AYCE (adj) “All You Can Eat”; it’s a thru-hiker’s dream
Blue-blazer (n) term of gentle derision for one who periodically uses shortcuts, connector trails, or alternative routes
Camel (v) to chug large amounts of water before the day’s hike
End-to-Ender (n) a thru-hiker who starts at one end of a long path and hikes straight to the other
Flip-flopper (n) a thru-hiker who starts at one point and uses a shuttle and a change of direction to complete the hike
Hicker (n) an inexperienced thru-hiker who’s still figuring out his/her gear
HYOH (v) “Hike Your Own Hike”; in other words, don’t tell others what to do
Mountain money (n) toilet paper
Nero (n) a conglomerate of “near and zero”, as in a very low-mileage day
NOBO (adj, n) northbound
P.U.D.’s (n) “pointless ups and downs”; stretches of monotonous trail that have elevation gain and loss for seemingly no reason
Slackpack (v) to hike without a pack (also: “mule”)
SOBO (adj, n) southbound
Trail angel (n) a person, usually not a thru-hiker, who takes care of hikers, often in the form of food, rides, and lodging
Trail magic (n) altruistic gestures administered by trail angels; known to restore fail in humanity
Trail squatter (n) a local who seeks out prime trailside camp real estate
Tramily (n) people you meet along trail that you may hike with, camp with or share a hostel, etc.
Vitamin I (n) ibuprofen
White-blazer (n) a purist
Yellow-blazer (n) term of derision for a quasi-thru-hiker who hitchhikes portions of a trail
Zero (n) a zero mileage day; usually taken for a much needed day of recovery