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A beginner's glossary to hiking and camping

GORP trail mix

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From gaiters to hypothermia


gaiters — protective gear designed to fit snugly over hiking boots meant to keep mud and debris from fouling socks, thereby keeping feet dry and comfortable.

GORP — “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts” snack food designed to boost stamina and maintain energy levels while hiking, composed of dried fruits and nuts.


holloway — a sunken path worn down due to foot traffic, rain and erosion that has fallen significantly below the vegetative banks on each side. 

hump — to carry a heavy pack over a long distance.

hypothermia — a dangerous physical condition possibly leading to death, in which body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, impeding brain and body functions.