NOBO – A hiker that starts in Georgia and hikes North Bound
SOBO – A hiker that starts in Maine and hikes South Bound
Flip Flopper – A hiker that hikes different parts of the trail in different directions
Section hiker – A hiker that hikes a smaller portion of the trail
LASH – Long A** Section Hiker – A hiker who hikes a long section of the trail. Its a loose definition. I would consider anyone who did 300 miles or more a LASH
Blaze – A 2″ x 6″ painted rectangle indicating a trail
White Blaze – A white 2″ x 6″ painted rectangle indicating you are on the Appalachian Trail
( A white blaze on the AT )
Blue Blaze – A blue 2″ x 6″ painted rectangle indicating you are on a side trail
Yellow Blazing – Walking a road instead of hiking a sectionof the AT. Or worse, getting a ride instead of hiking a section of the AT. AKA – NOT HIKING THE AT
Aqua Blazing – Term used in the Shenandoah National Park. Going down the Shenandoah river in a watercraft instead of hiking the AT.
Pink Blazing – Used to describe a hiker that changes their plans to pursue a love interest.
Slack Packing – Term used when a hiker drops off their pack with someone. Hikes part of the trail with water and food only. Then gets their pack back at the end if the day.
Purist – A hiker that wants to hike every foot of the trail NOBO. They do not yellow blaze, aqua blaze, flip flop or slackpack.
Tramily – Trail + Family = Tramily. A group of hikers that hike together
Trail Angel – Anyone who helps a Thru Hiker. They could give you food, a ride, lodging, or all three
Trail Magic – Items, usually food, provided by Trail Angels.
Dark Magic – A term my tramily came up with to describe a cooler that was left by Trail Angels that is now empty. The cooler had been picked over by the hikers ahead of us.
Ramen Bomb – A meal that consists of ramen and mashed potatoes mixed together.
Stealth camp – Camping in an unofficial or illegal camping spot
*I’ll add to this list in the future*