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JackandBarb - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Jack and Barb
City: Encinitas
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Start: Encinitas, CA
End: Encinitas, CA
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,508
Journal Visits: 383,766
Guestbook Views: 167,156
Guestbook Entrys: 482

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JnB - Lost in Translation.

Lost in Translation

Like surfers, thru hikers have a vocabulary of their own. Not complex, not too many words. You can figure most of it out but, if not, there is a link to a glossary below. If you are new to this, it is likely you may read some of these terms in these journals so, here's the skinny (Now isn't that an odd saying.)

How about this: "We were going NoBo with the pack but stopped to camel up - source loaded with floaters. There we met a slack-packer going SoBo who tried to Yogi some food."

This would translate to: We were going Northbound with the main group of thru-hikers (the pack). We stopped to fill with water (drink a lot and fill bottles). The water supply had some type of scum on the surface (floaters). There we met a backpacker who was going Southbound. He had a very light day pack (usually just food and water - "slackpack"). He tried to (artfully) beg some food from us.

If you read something in a journal that doesn't make sense, try looking it up in the glossary by Scott Bryce .

BTW: We will be going Northbound as will most of the thru-hikers. A very few start in Canada and go Sobo. Weather usually dictates a greater chance of success by going North. (Plus, well, we live about 45 miles from the start).

Oh, and did we mention trail names? Seems like every thru hiker is not known by their real name but, is given a trail name. Trail names are usually bestowed upon someone as a result of something they did, a characteristic or, pretty much, any other type of reason. Without trail names yet, we are still Jack and Barb, or shortened to JnB. Will let you know if/when we adopt trail names. If / when you get a trail name, try to keep it to one, two, or three syllables. Longer names are more difficult to remember.

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