This is just a little collection of words and terms that we will refer to. Some are trail-terms and others are explanations of names, etc.

Beef, Beefy Beef, Beefy Beefcake, Beefy Beefcake 5,000: Lizzy’s trail name. She earned it by out-eating everyone early in the trail. The Beefcake 5000 is a South Park reference that a fellow hiker suggested near Monson, ME. Andrew H. also assigned her the title in college, though at this point I do not know why.

Default: Laura S.’s trail name. It refers to Laura’s well-beloved “default” facial expression which she adopts when zoned-out to the world and engrossed in something on the computer screen. It also refers to the way in which she is always loyal to her friends, she is their “default” friend. See here for a more detailed description.

“Joint Comfort”: This is an option for a group name. The title comes from a certain tea that Beef brought along that is supposed to comfort one’s joints and is allegedly “the best tea in the world.” We’re also really into foot/etc. massages, so more joint comfort there. We’re also comforted by one another when we’re together. On a not-serious note, we joke that it sounds like a pot smoking group.

FLAMEBO: (pronounced either flame-bo or (my personal favorite) fla-mee-bo) Devon’s trail name, named after the sweatshirt she acquired temporarily in Monson. In trail towns, some places have clothing they loan out to thru-hikers that they wear while doing laundry. Plain light grey and hooded, the front of the sweatshirt portrayed a flame character with a knife in its teeth and two AK47s in its upraised hands with the giant letters FLAMEBO beneath. It also said something about “World Industries,” which is apparently a skater clothing brand. It probably looks something like this. Yeah, kind of awesome.

nero day n. – (rhymes with zero) a day that includes time both on the trail and in town, usually just a few miles of hiking.

Nougatocity (thank you, Snickers wrappers) – n. A heightened yet fleeting state of accomplishment that makes you realize how unbelievably lazy you normally are.

Peanutopolis (thank you, Snickers wrappers) – n. A state of mind making you feel very strong and powerful, almost mayor-like.

PGG – stands for “Piggy Gross Girl(s).” This term was introduced to us by the Maine trail angel, Nicole Grohoski, and was coined by the infamous Amy Bigelow. It can refer to grossness of any form, including overeating, sweat and dirt, belching and farting, excessive odor – all things that are ubiquitous to the AT experience. PGG is one of our alternate, self-assigned group trail names.

Siren: Laura B.’s second trail name that she has apparently adopted. No one has updated me as of yet (8.3.08 ) what the story behind the name is, so if Laura’s told you, comment on this page and I’ll add your info to the post!

SOBO/NOBO – Southbound/Northbound. Usually refers to thru-hikers, but could be section hikers also.

Substantialicious (thank you, Snickers wrappers) – n. The weight of something when you weigh it with your tongue.

trail magic: n. Term used by thru-hikers on the trail to apply to the beloved phenomenon of random people or circumstances along the trail that provide (usually free of cost) wonderfully for the hiker. Some examples include: finding a ride, being treated to dinner, finding a package of goodies left for thru-hikers by “trail angels”, things working out really well, getting a store opened after hours when you really need to buy supplies, etc.

Tree Cowboy: Laura B.’s trail name. She earned the name for her mad tree-roping skills as utilized in hanging bear bags and navigating tree branches. She’s not entirely content with it, so we’ll see what the trail provides.

“Vermont Mafia”: We earned this name after we had some experiences that may or may not have been trail magic. Other hikers are starting to think we have connections to people in the right places because we have gotten some free meals and drinks. We also got the Monson General Store to open up after hours. Mafia connections? You never know! (Plus we all went to college in the Green Mountain State, hence VT)

zero day: n. A day when a hiker hikes zero miles along the A.T.


4 responses

16 07 2008
Rachel Zane

Lizzie was called Beef when she was 3 years old. The little boy next door, David Meyers, could not say Elizabeth. He started out with something like E-Wiz-A-Beef which was quickly shortened to Beef ( then lengthened to The Beef or The Beefer.)

16 07 2008
Rachel Zane

Now that I think about it, Lizzie was called The Beef even before David M. We used to play “Where’s the Beef?” with her – our version of Peek-A-Boo – when she was a baby. I have a picture of us playing it at her first birthday party…

21 07 2008
Eric Vos

After reading the description of Devon’s trail name’s origins, all I needed to read was “flame character with a knife in its teeth” to know it was a World Industries skater hoody. Very becoming on you, Devo, I’m sure. Or is it Flamebo now? Is it pronounced in two syllables (“flame-bo”) or three (“fla-me-bo” like “pla-ce-bo”)? Feel free to passionately debate this question as you hike!

23 07 2008
Robin Parish

Flamebo- I like it. For you, I like the 3 syllable pronunciation. Sort of a combination of flamingo/ameba/tivo/bo (long legs, well-balanced, peachy/soft-hearted, adaptable, many-faceted, not square/only the best, do it later/a zippy & colorful ending or beginning to any number of possibilities.

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