Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hiking Slang


AYCE: all you can eat restaurant

blue-blaze: by-pass part of the trail by taking a side trail

California Coastal Trail: The California Coastal Trail starts on the Oregon-California beach and ends at the California-Mexico border. It's about 1200 miles in length and is a network of interconnected trails, alternative paths, and suggested side trips. It can be hiked as a thru-hike or, as is most common, in segments. We have chosen to hike it in sections, slow and easy, stopping to see all of the sites on the way.

flip-flop: hike parts of the trail in one direction (such as north to south) and other parts of the trail in the opposite direction.

GORP: good old raisins and peanuts (trail mix)

hiker midnight: 9 PM

hike your own hike: hike the trail how you want to hike it versus how someone else thinks or wants to hike it

lolly-pop trail: trail with both a loop and a two-way path (shaped like a lolly-pop on a stick)

Nero: a day with near zero miles

NOBO: north bound hiker

notch: a pass or gap between hills or mountains. may be a result of PUDs

MUDS: mindless ups and downs such as several PUDs in a row

PUD: when the trail seems to pointlessly go up and down a hill

section hike: hike the trail in sections

slack-packing: hiking without a pack

SOBO: south bound hiker

thru-hike: hike the trail from one end to the other (in one year for long trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail)

trail angel: someone who provides unexpected help or food to a hiker

trail magic: unexpected food or help on the trail

trail name: a trail nickname, usually more unique than the given name (such as bug bite for a trail name)

yellow-blaze: by-pass part of the trail by accepting a ride

yo-yo: hike the trail from the beginning to the end and then turn around and hike back to the beginning

zero day: a day on which no trail miles are hiked

Hike Ratings (Sierra Club)

Hike Ratings
The first number indicates the number of miles.
1 = less than 5 miles
2 = 5-10 miles
3 = 10-15 miles
4 = 15-20 miles
5 = 20-25 miles

The letter indicates cumulative elevation gain
L  = almost level
M = 500 feet or less
A = less than 1000 feet
B = 1000-2000 feet
C = 2000-3000 feet
D = 3000-4000 feet
E = 4000-5000 feet

The last number indicates type of terrain:
1 = road or smooth trail
2 = rough trail (boots recommended)
3 = trail with some cross-country
4 = cross-country
5 = special equipment needed