Hiker Jargon: hiker hobble

It is amazing how much you can do with a thirty pound pack on your back:  climb a cliff, ford a stream, step over roots and rocks, leap, skip, even run if the need arises.  It is equally astonishing how difficult it can be to walk at the end of the day once that same pack is off.  The phenomenon is called hiker hobble.  If you are a thru-hiker you develop this new way of walking early on, after the first hundred miles, and it doesn’t let up. 

For me its the knees and hips, for Dragonfly it is her leg muscles,   I wonder how long it will take after the journey is over before I’ll walk normally?


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: hiker hobble

  1. songbirdknits says:

    hope it’s a short time. You’re strength levels will be amazing

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