Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August 11th - Hiker Terminology

August 11th 2015

I survived the night and didn't get eaten by a bear, I even hung my food for the first time this hike. I did see my 3rd bear of the trip this morning, a smaller grizzly that ran away like a huge sissy once he finally saw me. Who's the king of the mountains now?

A day or two ago when I was talking on the phone with my wife she casually mentioned that she was taking too many zeros. Slightly confused I asked her what she was talking about. She explained to me that if she doesn't go running on any given day that it's a "zero". Secretly I was super proud that she's using the term zero. Here are a few of the terms I can think of...

Zero - no miles hiked
Nero - some miles hiked but no defined amount
Nobo - northbounder
Sobo - southbounder
Snobo - someone that started in New Mexico and flipped north to hike south and avoid the snow, can also be called a flip-flopper
Yo-yo - someone who hikes a long trail then goes right back and hikes it the other direction
No cook - a hiker that doesn't use a stove and cold soaks all of their food or just eats lots of tuna....
Cold soak - puts food into a sealable container to let soak a couple hours before camp
Ultralight - generally means you have a base weight under 10lbs and don't have any "luxury" such as a down jacket
Luxury item - stove, stereo, booze, rain pants, french press, spoon, knife, water filter, binoculars, etc....
Yellowblaze - hitchhiking north/south instead of walking
Pinkblaze - hiking with a woman with the hopes of hooking up

Anyway, those are just the couple I could think of. I'm sure there are dozens more. I'll leave you with some pictures of the grizzly.

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