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A beginner's glossary to hiking and camping

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From littoral to NPS


littoral — directly adjacent to the shore ranging from tide pools to ocean bluffs.

Lexan — a trademarked polymer favored by campers and hikers for its durability in canteens and utensils.


massif — a distinct mass of interconnected mountains.

moraine — an accumulation of debris (rocks and dirt) formed by glaciers.

NPS — U.S. National Park Service, the federal agency responsible for the care and management of America’s national parks and national monuments. Tasked with the preservation and conservation of public lands and protecting wildlife for the benefit of current and future generations.