Hiker Jargon: face plant

Words are such a strange thing on the trail, like these two words:  face plant.  We hadn’t heard the words before a few weeks ago, and immediately knew what it meant, falling on your face.

There can be a lot of falling in hiking, what with rocks, roots, mud, trekking poles and your own feet getting in the way.  Just yesterday, I slipped on a muddy slope and ended up on my butt all tangled up with feet and trekking poles.  Dragonfly and I have a pact that we will only fall once per state, which is pretty easy in the shorter mileage states, but not so much in the bigger mileage states like Virginia.

Fortunately neither of us have face planted, but several of our fellow hikers have, resulting in black eyes and cuts and bruises.


About prairiedog2013

Grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but currently lives on Long Island, New York. Was a day-hiker years ago, but is now a thru-hiker. Loves living the thru-hikers life. She has hiked nearly 3,000 miles. Her hikes include the Northville Placid Trail (2011, 2012), the Centennial Trail in South Dakota (2012), the Appalachian Trail (2013), the Fjallraven Classic (2014) and many other trails.
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One Response to Hiker Jargon: face plant

  1. TS says:

    No face planting!

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