March 6, 2012
By Jim Dashiell,
Today I'm going
to expand your vocabulary a little in a 'hiker' sort of way. There are
many sayings, abbrevations, slang terms, etc. that are commonly used on
the AT. Some of them are:
HYOH – This is the most important one and stands for Hike
Your Own Hike. This means that you should not be pressured to go faster
than you want, or slower. You should rest when you need to, hike at your
own speed, eat what you want when you want, etc. It's important to "do
your own thing" if your goal is getting to Mt.
Katahdin. Hike Your Own Hike
could also mean Live Your Own Life.
Cotton Kills – Clothing made of cotton is almost never found
on the trail because it is heavy, retains water, so hypothermia is a
constant threat and is not as durable as most synthetics.
Leave No Trace – This speaks to the environmental issue of
leaving no trash lying around, soap in the water, grease from cooking,
improperly disposed human waste, etc. Damage to the land, even a little
at a time, can become a permanent scar if repeated over and over. Most
thru hikers are fanatical about the way they treat the land.
NOBO – North Bound hiker. 95% of all thru hikers start in Ga.
SOBO – South Bound hiker The other 5%.
AYCE – All You Can Eat. When a hungry hiker comes into town
the first thing they look for is an AYCE buffet. The volumes of food
some are able to eat are legendary!
Springer Fever – I have a mild case and am sure it will get
worse. It means the anticipation a person has of his upcoming NOBO hike
of the AT starting at Springer Mt.,
Section Hiker – Someone who does not hike the whole AT in one
year but does different parts of it over time. There was a lady last
year that completed the AT but took 19 years worth of vacation time to
do it. She lived in San Diego
so the commute was substantial.
Flip Flop – Someone who is hiking the trail but leaves to go
to the other end and resumes hiking back to where they got off. If
you're running out of time this is an option as the northern end of the
trail on Mt.
Katahdin closes around Oct.15th.
Thank you for reading my articles. I'm looking forward to sending them
from the trail starting in about 4 weeks.
NE on the AT is NEAT!!