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Hiker Trail Names and Trail Angels

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As a Wyoming caller noted in an earlier episode, through-hikers on routes like the Appalachian Trail give each other trail names — jocular appellations that stick throughout their trek. The origin stories of several of these are told in the book Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail (Bookshop|Amazon) by Barney Scout Mann. Also, the term trail angel refers to those good-hearted souls who help out hikers along the way, even to the point of inviting weary, footsore travelers into their homes for a shower and a meal. This is part of a complete episode.

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