|Graphic from Appalachian Trials. |
Check out an interesting article on the
frequency of trail names - here
by Maggie Wallace
With only 223 samples of a very large group, this survey isn't really scientifically viable, but it does paint an interesting picture of a cultural part of the trail.
Of those 223 responses 77% said they had a trail name.
|Total respondents 223|
|Yes, I have a Trail Name|
|Those still seeking their Trail Name|
The last question I asked was to share your story of how you got your name and many who participated in the survey wanted to see those stories posted.
Follow this link to see all the stories that were given. The stories are the best part of a trail name and some of these are pretty interesting.
For me, Trail Names is a fun game I like to play out on the trail. I carry a number of trail names (they are light and take up no space in my pack). I change them out from time to time or pick up another one as things happen on the trail. I also like suggesting names to others who walk the trail unnamed. My trail name grows as I add up my miles.
For now, I go by EarthTone, but my whole trail name is El Jefe Maestro Obi wan, the Earth Toned Stiller Fan. Each part of my name has special meaning to me and came to me in all the different ways I asked about on the survey.
Remember, a trail name becomes Yours when you answer to it and introduce yourself with it.
Thanks to all who participated in the survey. I'm sure one day we will have an exhibit on Trail Names in the AT Museum and I hope this data will be a part of it.
Keep on Hiking,