Lichter lives in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Truckee, CA and works as a ski patroller during the winter.
Having completed the Triple Crown of hiking Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail by age 25, Shawn Forry has continued to refine the limitations of ultralight travel, having logged more than 25,mi of wilderness experience. Having guided dogsledding tours in the Northwoods of MN in temps below F, he also holds the unsupported speed record of the Colorado Trail, covering the mi in just over 10 days. In collaboration with Justin Lichter, Forry has pioneered routes across the world including the spine of the Himalaya and Southern Alps of New Zealand.
Forry is the Program Director for Outward Bound California having spent over a decade inspiring youth in the pursuit of leadership and character development. Based in the Tahoe region, he enjoys nordic and alpine skiing, alpine climbing, cycling, and the occasional crossword. Giardia — More properly known as giardiasis, an infection of the lower intestines cause by the amoebic cyst, Giardia lamblia.
Giardia resides in water so it is wise to always chemically treat or filter your water before drinking. Symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea, bloating, loss of appetite and vomiting. Glissade — A way to quickly descend a snow slope, sitting and sliding down, usually holding an ice axe to be used to slow or stop the slide.
Glonk — A clueless idiot who doesn't realize that uphill hikers have the right of way on a trail, and just bulldozes down. Gram Weenie — A person obsessed with reducing weight of items worn or carried. Gray Water — Dirty dishwater. Some campsites will have designated spots to dump your gray water. Such designated spots may be provided with a strainer so that you can remove your food particles from the gray water and pack those out.
Ground Control — Support that handles the 'real world' concerns like bills and pets, and mails a hiker packages. Half Bench — Type of trail where half of it is excavated out of the slope and the outside of the trail tread contains the excavated material. Trail looks as if it were chipped out of the side of the hill, which is what it is.
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Hammock — A sleeping system that combines a tent and sleeping bag, hung between two trees. A short blue blazed trail leads to HQ, where AT hikers traditionally sign the register and have their photo taken. Headlamp — A small flashlight attached to a band or strap and worn on the head.
Heel Stepping — A method of hiking down a snow covered slope that involves digging the heels into the snow with each step to prevent slipping. HEET — Liquid used during the winter in automotive gas tanks, it is used in substation of denatured alcohol as it burns cleaner and is usually more available at gas stations. Herd Path — An unofficial but obvious route hikers use to get from one place to another. Sometimes refers to an official path that is extremely overused.
Hiker Box — A cabinet or box at hostels where hikers donate unwanted food for the hikers coming behind them. Hiker Funk — After a few hundred miles on the trail it becomes difficult to wash the sweat and dirt out of your clothes. The resulting smell is called hiker funk. The reason the person giving you a ride into town has the windows down is not because the air conditioning is broken. Jeff and Donna go out of their way every year to act as trail angels on the PCT. A stop at Hiker Heaven is almost a must during a through hike.
The Saufleys do laundry, handle resupply packages, and provide trail information to hikers. Hiker Hunger — That empty feeling in your stomach that results from eating calories per day, but burning calories per day. After about a month on the trail, it becomes difficult to carry enough food. Hiker Midnight — PM. The time by which thru hikers are usually asleep. Hiker Tan — A sheen of dirt and mud accumulated from the trail, aka the kind of tan that washes off. Hiker Trash — A general description of a thru or section hiker, or of thru hikers collectively.
It probably comes from the fact that thru hikers often are confused for homeless people during town stops. It also comes from the fact that the usual ways of determining status in real life have little, if any, meaning on the trail. Home Free — Literally, without a home; also: so close to reaching trail's end that you're already there.
Hostel — An establishment along the trail that has bunks, showers, and sometimes cooking and mail drops, for hikers. Hypothermia — Potentially fatal condition caused by insufficient heat and a drop in the body's core temperature. Classic symptoms are called the 'umbles', as the victim stumbles, grumbles, mumbles, and fumbles with confused thoughts.
Iceberg — Large rocks planted in the ground at an overused campsite to discourage any more tenting. Jardine, Ray — Ray Jardine is an adventurer who was an early proponent of lightweight backpacking techniques. Ray's techniques were controversial when he first wrote about them. Many of his techniques, or similar techniques, are now standard practice. Katahdin is a Penobscot Indian word meaning Greatest Mountain. Knob — Prominent rounded hill or mountain. Common term in the southeastern USA.
Krumholtz — Literally "crippled wood", the stunted and gnarled trees found near treeline, especially in the White Mountains. Lean-to — One- to three-sided structure, usually with a single slanted roof, designed to provide minimal shelter for backpackers. Used primarily in New England. A philosophy and skill used to pass as lightly as possible when backpacking.
Long-distance Hiker — A somewhat indeterminate term applied to anyone who is hiking more than a few weeks, and who usually has to resupply at least once during his or her hike; often used interchangeably with the term thru-hiker. Look, The — At some point in the trail a hiker will develop the look. Those who have the look will probably finish their hikes. Those who don't have the look will probably leave the trail before they finish.
MacGyver — After an old TV show where the hero would construct useful devices out of common materials.
To hikers it means to build or repair gear with imagination. MacKaye envisioned a trail along the ridge crests of the Appalachian Mountain chain from New England to the Deep South, connecting farms, work camps, and study camps that would be populated by eastern urbanites needing a break from the tensions of industrialization. Mail Drop — Mail drops are a method of resupply while hiking.
- Der Ständekonflikt in Emilia Galotti (German Edition).
- An Ultralighter's True Trail Stories : Beyond the Journey;
- The Proving Grounds: True Cost of Hiking the Appalachian Trail by Carol Wellman.
A mail drop is usually arranged ahead of time, before the hike starts, and a person not hiking usually a spouse, relative, or friend mails the package according to a pre-arranged schedule so that it arrives on time for the hiker to receive it at the post office. Maintainer — A volunteer who participates in the organized trail maintenance programs of the ATC and its member clubs.
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Meths — Short for methylated spirits, usually referring to various liquid fuels denatured alcohol or HEET used in lightweight stoves. Mid — Referring to a pyramidal-style shelter pitched with one or two poles. Mouse Hanger — The cord with can contraption used to discourage mice from entering a pack when hung in a shelter.
Where the trail goes up and back down several times for no reason other than the amusement of whoever laid out the trail.
A hike of the entire trail over several summers. Nesting — When a kit fits nicely together, as in a stove nesting inside a cook pot.
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As interest in the trail grows every year, the size of the pack increases. By the time the pack has reached Virginia, it is more spread out and has less impact on local resources. Also known as the herd. Adding to the pack effect is the fact that hikers like to congregate at trail towns and trail angel's homes, and tend to leave these places in groups. So, rather than spreading out on the trail, hikers tend to hike in clumps or "bubbles".
Pack It Out — The practice of leaving nothing behind on a backpacking trip. Pack Weight — Weight of your pack and its contents, including consumables food, water, and fuel. Pass — Relatively low point on a ridge or in a mountain chain, allowing travel from one valley to another. A source of communication about the Pacific Crest Trail on the internet. Peak — A point higher than all adjacent points. Peakbagging — Chasing your personal checklist of peaks.
Organized peakbagging lists, such as "White Mountain footers" are popular; there are a number of clubs that promote and recognize peakbagging accomplishments. Philosopher's Guide — The original guide for thru-hiking the AT, first a few sheets of info passed around in hiking circles, later a book published by the ATC.
Pink Blazing — Changing your hiking pace in order to follow a girl. Usually it means that a guy is slowing down his pace or distance every day to hike with a girl; or, in some cases, he yellow blazes to catch up with a girl. Platypus — A soft-sided bladder for carrying water. Platypus is the most common brand.
PO — Post Office.
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Point —Lead person in a line of hikers. Responsible for following the trail. Posthole — To hike in deep snow without snowshoes or skis, leaving large holes in the trail. Postholing is considered bad form and makes subsequent snowshoeing or skiing unpleasant and hazardous. Posthole Digger PhD — A hiker who enjoys postholing. Pot Cozy — An insulation wrap to keep the contents of a cooking pot warm once off the stove. Power Hiker — A hiker who habitually chooses to cover very long distances each day, often hiking late into the evening.
Prescribed Burn — Intentional fires conducted by forestry services to clear underbrush and eliminate some of the fuel for potentially larger unintentional fires. These used to be called "controlled burns" but since they seldom are, the name was changed. Privy — A trailside outhouse for solid waste. You shouldn't pee in the privy.