| Below is a partial list of terms
related to backpacking and hiking. If you have any suggestions for
the terms list please e-mail them to us and we will try to get them
- A class of cold blooded vertebrates that which breath by gills
in early stages of life but later develop lungs and some live on
land. Such as Frogs and salamanders.
Appalachian Trail - a hiking trail from Springer
Mountain Georgia to Mount Katahdin Maine covering more than 2150
- Base Camp - a central camping location where day hikes
and climbes originate from.
- Bivy Sack - a waterproof sleeve for your sleeping bag
often used in lieu of a tent by climbers and ultralight
- Blaze - trail markers that are usually either painted
directly on the tree or nailed to tree to help indicate which
trail you are on.
- Carabiner - a oblong mechanical device usually made
from aluminum with a spring loaded loaded clip used in
various ways for rope attachments.
- Carnivorous - an animal that feeds on other animals.
- Dome Tent - a dome shaped tent that usually uses
- Family Tent - a large tent generally used for car
camping usually to big to be used for backpacking.
- Four-Season Tent - tent designed to withstand sever
weather conditions such as snow loads and strong winds.
- Freestanding Tent - a tent that stands erect without
the use of stakes or guy lines. Usually a dome type tent.
- Gators - a waterproof garment that protects your pants
and/or legs from water and snow. They usually cover your calf down
to and over your boot.
- GPS - 'Global positioning System' an instrument used to
compute locations in longitude and latitude.
- Ground Cloth - a waterproof fabric or plastic sheet
placed between the tent and the ground. Used to protect the tent
from punctures, abrasions, and dirt and help reduce moisture on
the bottom of the tent.
- Headlamp - Flashlight,
light source that, that is worn on your head or a helmet.
- Herbivore - a plant eating animal.
- Leave No Trace - the skill of placing a minimum of
influence on the environment when we are hiking or using
- Loop Hike - a trail or series of trails that
allows hikers to end up where they started without much
- Overhang - a rock shelter or cut under of a cliff that
does not actually form a cave.
- Rainfly -
- Rappel - a method of descending a rope using specialty
devices such as harness and descender.
Seam Sealer -
Shock Cord -
Through Hike - hiking an entire long trail such as the
Trailhead - the beginning of a trail.
Vestibule - a feature on some tents that allows for covered
storage of items such as boots, without getting them inside the
Water Purification - when getting your water from back
country sources it is recommended that all water be purified before
drinking. This is generally done in one of three ways; boiling,
chemical treatment, filtered.