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Hiker Lexicon

There are a lot of backpacking terms that can lead a new hiker to total confusion. Let’s take a look at the most common thru-hiker lingo and terms to help you be better prepared to understand the words most frequently used.

Banana Blazing

Blaze

Bonus Miles

Cairn

Cathole

Cowboy Camping

Dry Camp

False Summit

Green Blazing

Hiker Hunger

Hiker Midnight

Hiker Trash

Nero

Nobo

Pink Blazing

Posthole

Shakedown

Sobo

Switchback

Town Day

Trailhead

Trail Angels

Trail Magic

Wagbag

Wetted Out

Widowmaker

Yellow Blazing

Zero