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A beginner's glossary to hiking and camping

quil, feather

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From orienteer to rain fly


orienteer — using a map and compass to determine a route through unfamiliar terrain.


primitive campsite — a campsite that offers few basic amenities to hikers, such as shelter, pit toilets or running water.

potable water — water source that poses few health hazards to humans without prior treatment.

peak bagger — a subgroup of hikers obsessed with reaching the highest point in each state, country or continent.


quill — the shaft of a bird’s feather.


ramble — to walk the countryside without a predetermined destination.

rain fly — the outer shell of a tent used to shed water and blunt the wind, protecting occupants.