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A beginner's glossary to hiking and camping

dirtbag, hiking glossary

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From dirtbag to 4-season tent


dirtbag —  a subculture consisting of ski bums, vagabonds and climbers well practiced in the ways of avoiding work, while spending as much time as possible pursuing their outdoor passions.


exposure — refers to the steepness of terrain and the level of risk involved while hiking in the backcountry. The scale ranges from Level 1 (almost flat) to Level 5 (vertical and possibly life-threatening).


foul weather gear — garments designed to keep hikers warm and dry during inclement weather conditions.

4-season tent — a sturdy tent designed to withstand the elements associated with camping above timberline and winterlike conditions.