[at-l] But!

trailr at aol.com trailr at aol.com
Fri Jan 22 05:19:12 CST 2010

I fight with the word usage once in a while. People along the trail ask if you are thruhikers, and the answer they are looking for is yes. To others, everyone attemping a Thruhike is a thruhiker. But, if you are a Thruhiker in Georgia and you quit in Tennessee, are you still a thruhiker? No..... But that doesn't lessen your accomplishment. Anyone that gets out there is a winner to me.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim and_or Ginny Owen <spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 01:47:08 
To: Russ Dade<trailr at aol.com>; at-l<at-l at backcountry.net>
Subject: [at-l] But!

HotDog wrote:

>You're a "Thruhiker" when you finish... Until that point you are "Thruhiking". Never 

>considered myself a thruhiker until I was on Katahdin touching the sign.

I have a different take on it - 

If one is "thruhiking", then one must be a "thruhiker". Otherwise one would not be thruhiking. 

When one finishes, then one is technically an "ex-thruhiker".  

Unless, like me, one's mind never leaves the Trail. In which case, one is always a thruhiker.  


But keep in mind that, as one of my co-workers (for 25 years) once said - I'm different.  :)

Of course, YMMV.  


All these complicated discussions are gonna give me a headache. 


Walk softly,




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