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In the world of long-distance hiking, one thing you can look forward to acquiring (other than poison oak or really stinky feet) is a good trail name.
A trail name is used more often than your real name on the trail, and there’s a few reasons for this.
One is that it’s easier to figure out who someone is referring to. If you ask a group of hikers if they have seen Bill, they might ask “Bill who?” There might be several “Bill’s” hiking the trail at that point. But if you ask them if they saw “Giraffe Neck” they’ll all know who you’re talking about!
Another is that maybe you don’t want your real name while on the trail. Your ‘real life’ might stress you out, and while on the trail you might want to distance yourself from your ‘real life’… So “Bob, the Banker from Boise” turns into “Limp-Along,” based on his penchant for getting blisters and limping painfully into camp at the end of each day.
Another is because it’s just fun to get a name, and for others to give names! I have a friend, Jeff, who loves nicknames. In fact, his whole family has nicknames, even his grandmother. Over the years, Jeff has tried, mostly in vain, to attach a nickname to me. “Yard Sale” came about from my habit of forgetting things at his house. “Pond Scum” originated from a time a bunch of us went hiking to a swimming hole above Santa Barbara, and I came up from a dive with a big patch of moss hanging off my face. Neither stuck as well as the moss did to my face, thankfully! Another came on the Life Without Limbs trip while in Singapore and India. My friend Steve and I were videographers for
that leg of the trip, and we had monopods to set the cameras on, and the monopods were made by a company called “Manfrotto.” Thus, Steve was dubbed “Manfrotto 1,” and I was “Manfrotto 2.” Another friend on that trip was from Australia, and I dubbed him “Foster’s,” after the beer from his homeland.
It’s fun to get and give nicknames!
So, my dilemna…I don’t have a trail name yet! Since there’s no rule saying you have to actually be on the trial to get a trail name, I’m going to open it up to you…my friends, family, and people I may not know yet…to wield supreme executive power and use it to dub me a trail name that I will carry with me along the Pacific Crest Trail…and beyond!
So for the next few weeks I’ll be collecting potential trail names. I currently have five people waiting in a small, yet comfortable cave outside Poughkeepsie, New York, and they will sift through the submitted names, and choose the five they like best.
Then, I’ll put up those five potential trail names here on the site, my Facebook and on YouTube. The name with the most votes will be my official trail name, and the person who submitted the name will get a bottle of Gringo Bandito hot sauce! They were my first sponsor for my thru-hike, so I’ll pass on the love to others. You can’t really find Gringo Bandito very far from Southern California where they are located, so it’s rare, but tasty.
So please, help name me so I can know who I am! Go to the bottom of this page, and in the “Comment” box send in your trail name suggestions. If you think of more than one, send them all in!