Glossary

This list was taken from Halfway Anywhere. I have modified it a bit and added some of my own terms.
  • Alpenglow noun: Is an optical phenomenon in which a horizontal red glowing band is observed on the horizon opposite to the sun.
  • Angeling verb: the act of providing unsolicited help to hikers; being a “trail angel“
  • Base Weight: noun: the total weight of your fully loaded backpack before the addition of consumables (food, water, fuel, etc.)
  • Blue Blaze: verb: the act of hiking trails parallel to the designated trail as a means of shortcutting or detouring a certain section
  • Bounce Box: noun: a single box or container containing extra gear, equipment, food, or other supplies that hikers repeatedly send ahead to resupply stops in order to avoid carrying the contents in their pack
  • Cache: noun: a supply of food, water, or otherwise useful items left out for hikers
  • Cairn: noun: a man-made stack of stones indicating where the trail continues
  • Camel Up: verb: the act of drinking a lot of water at once to quickly hydrate and delay the need to drink water again
  • Cat Hole: noun: a hole dug for the express purpose of pooping in
  • Cowboy Camp: verb: the act of sleeping without a tent or shelter; sleeping under the stars
  • Day Hiker: noun: a person who is only hiking for a day (the lowest level of hiker)
  • Dry Camp: verb: the act of camping without a water source nearby
  • Flip Flop: verb: the act of skipping a section of trail with the intention of returning to the the skipped section and hiking it in the opposite direction
  • Floaties: noun: any item found in your water after filling up (it’s usually poop)
  • Giardia: noun (g-ARE-d-ah): a parasite that colonizes and reproduces in the small intestine causing violent diarrhea, excess gas, stomach or abdominal cramps, upset stomach, and nausea
  • Glissade: verb: the act of sliding down a snow or ice covered hill (on one’s feet or butt) as a means of shortcutting the trail and having an incredible time
  • Guzzler: noun: A man-made catch basin designed to collect rain water
  • HEET: noun: a commonly available gas-line antifreeze and water remover that hikers burn as furl for their stoves
  • Hiker Box: noun: a supply of food, gear, or any other item left behind by hikers for use by future hikers (usually found in post offices, motels, and trail angel houses)
  • Hiker Hunger: noun: a feeling of insatiable hunger brought on by repeated days of hiking and a limited food supply
  • Hiker Legs: noun: the rock solid pieces of muscle mass developed by hikers following continuous weeks of nonstop hiking
  • Hiker Midnight: noun: although it is hotly debated, hiker midnight is said to be 9 PM (aka when it is dark)
  • Hiker Trash: noun: a word used to describe thru-hikers – typically characterized by an offensive odor and a grungy beard (regardless of sex), frequently looking for beer, wifi, and electrical outlets
  • Kick Off: noun: refers to an event taking place each year in Southern California when many hikers begin their PCT thru-hike; also known as the ADZPCTKO
  • Near-o: noun: a day where very few miles are hiked – no definite measure exists, but it can usually be measured as 25% or less than your daily average
  • Pink Blaze: verb the act of hiking more quickly than you would otherwise hike with the intention of catching up to a love interest; to hike according to the schedule of a female hiker
  • Puffy: noun: a name for a down jacket
  • Purist: noun: someone who believes that every single mile of the official trail should be hiked, unbroken for a hike to be considered a thru-hike
  • Register: noun: a logbook, piece of paper, or otherwise inscribe-able object used for documenting a hikers passing of a point on the trail
  • Section Hiker: noun: a person who is hiking a portion of a trail, but does not intend on thru-hiking
  • Shelter: noun: refers to a person’s tarp, tent, or cover; a fixed structure on the trail that can be used by hikers for escaping the elements
  • Skipping: verb: the act of missing a section of trail (usually without the intention of flip-flopping)
  • Slack Pack: verb: the act of carrying less than your entire pack by way of stashing gear for an out and back detour or using a third party to carry your gear ahead for you
  • Stealth Camp: verb: the act of camping with the intent of not being found by anyone else (authoritative or otherwise)
  • Thirties: noun: describes days where more than 30 miles, but fewer than 40 miles are hiked
  • Trail Angel: noun: a person who performs acts of trail magic and assists hikers expecting nothing in return monetary or otherwise
  • Trail Days: noun: an yearly weekend-long event held in Cascade Locks, Oregon for Pacific Crest Trail hikers; usually during the first two weeks of September
  • Trail Magic: noun: an unexpected act of kindness on the trail – can manifest itself in the form of a cache, the appearance of a trail angel, or otherwise awesome occurrence
  • Triple Crowner: noun: a person who has successfully completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the Appalachian Trail
  • Twenties: noun: describes days where more than 20 miles, but fewer than 30 miles are hiked
  • Vitamin I: noun: another name for ibuprofen
  • Vortex: noun: a place, group, or thing that “sucks” hikers off the trail and contributes to diminishing mileage
  • Weekend Warrior: noun: a hiker escaping the 9-5 grind by taking two nights out in the wilderness (between a day and section hiker)
  • Yellow Blaze: verb: the act of soliciting rides as a means of skipping sections of trail
  • Yo-yo: verb: the act of hiking the entirety of the trail, and then turning around and hiking it again in the opposite direction
  • Yogi: verb: the act of cleverly soliciting food, drink, rides, or otherwise useful things from unsuspecting strangers you meet along the trail
  • Zero: noun: a day when no miles are hiked