It seems everything has it’s own language, and the species ‘through-hiker’ has it’s very own linguistic additions to submit as well.
These are terms related to the Pacific Crest Trail and/or hiking/’through-hiking’ in general. Enjoy!
THROUGH HIKER: Someone who is attempting a particular trail 1,000 miles long or longer. Who came up with the distances? I researched a little, and as far as I my crack team of investigative investigators can tell…a short man near Tehachapi named Bob. OK. I lied. I have no clue, but for some reason, it’s not a “through-hike” unless it’s about 1,000 miles or more. But, for the sake of not alienating anyone, we can define a “through-hiker” as: Someone who attempts a continuous, non-interrupted (for the most part) hike that is very, very long.
THROUGH-HIKE: Actually hiking said trail of at least 1,000 miles or longer. In the traditional old fashioned sense of the word, it meant starting at one end, then successfully hiking to the other end. More new-fangled descriptions are broader in scope: section hiking, flip flopping or skipping are also seen as acceptable methods of through-hiking. (See below for definitions. Wow..definitions are begetting definitions! This list may never end!)
SECTION HIKE: Hiking a section of the trail. For example: I ran across a gentleman who is hiking a different section of the Pacific Crest Trail every year with a select group of friends. They have their own website dedicated to it, and they plan on finishing the entire PCT in 20 years. Section hiking the PCT is fairly common, and some of you may have even done it without knowing! The PCT comes in close proximity to many places up and down California, Oregon and Washington (and in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, you are a short drive to a trailhead at Echo Lake or by the Tahoe Rim Trail).
MORE TO COME!
*Thanks to Scotty Bryce for some of the terms!