Zero and Nero are two interrelated hiking terms that you will often hear associated with the American long distance trails. While it’s rare that you will hear these terms used in Australia, as the popularity of our long distance hiking trails grows you are likely to hear them more often. But what do they mean?
A Zero day (taking a zero) means taking a day off from hiking. When I do a long trail I will try to have a rest day every 7-8 days to allow my body to recover.
A Nero day is a day where you hike but cover very little distance. This might be after having a sleep-in and rest before doing a short distance or you may just reach your destination early and feel like stopping.