185-What’s in a name?

Show notes

Backpacking, bushwalking, hiking, tramping, trekking, thru hiking, rambling… So many terms are used to describe getting outside with a pack on your back. Also, is it a track or is it a trail? Do you have tracking poles or trekking poles?

Each term has its own connotation and depending on which country you come from (or which part of the country) you will find yourself gravitating more towards one term over another to describe what you are doing when you head out into nature. In this podcast episode we look more closely at the terms used to describe what we do when we head out in to nature and whether one term makes more sense than others. Does it really matter?

Podcast Overview

  • Podcast Introduction
  • Episode Introduction (time index 0:01:28)
  • Jargon (time index 0:02:12)
    • Backpacking
    • Bushwalking
    • Hiking
    • Tramping
    • Trekking
    • Thru hiking
    • Section hiking
    • Rambling
    • Urban hiking
  • Track vs Trail (time index 0:20:46)
  • Final thoughts
  • Australian Hiker Podcast reviews (time index 0:23:39)

Close (time index 0:25:03)

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