Most hikers have a trail name, a nickname. On the trail I’m known as “Trudge”. Hiking on the Appalachian Trail in October 2016 I played leap frog with a very nice young couple, Snacks and Temper, for several days. We camped together one night just south of Roan Mountain. I left really early that morning and they caught up to me just where the steep ascent begins. Temper, a very sweet young woman, said they would wait for me to finish my break and then we could all “power up this mountain together”. I had to explain that I don’t “power up” mountains, I trudge up mountains. I do get there eventually. They left me in the dust going up that mountain. I hiked on, didn’t see them again that day and hiked until almost dark before camping. The next morning while I was still making breakfast they appeared on the trail. Seems they had camped a short distance off the trail and I had trudged past them in the early evening. They left me in the dust again going up Hump Mtn but again later that day I trudged past them. Anyway, since then my trail name has been Trudge.
Back in 1979 my trail name was TMI Refugee. I lost my job because I evacuated during the Three Mile Island nuclear plant accident. Shortly after that I decided to start hiking. These days, so few people know what TMI stands for that I stopped using that trail name. No, it is not “too much information”. I am not explaining that again.