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Bravo
09-01-2006, 20:15
I've heard of some trail traditions/challenges like the Half Gallon Challenge. Where can I find out about all the different traditions and exactly what they are?

emerald
09-01-2006, 20:46
Jangles takes on the 1/2 Gallon Challenge:

http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=145567

http://www.trailjournals.com/photos.cfm?id=166650

http://www.trailjournals.com/photos.cfm?id=166651

"I have no doubts that all of us together will continue to encourage one another, stick together, and make it all the way to Katahdin. God has truly blessed us all." -- Jangles, last 2 sentences of her entry located at my top link.

Special note: She and her hiking companions expect to finish next week.

fiddlehead
09-01-2006, 21:45
I've heard of some trail traditions/challenges like the Half Gallon Challenge. Where can I find out about all the different traditions and exactly what they are?


try searching thru whiteblaze. Here's what i found right away, http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=14696&highlight=traditions
I'm sure you can find more. happy hiking

Bravo
09-01-2006, 23:21
try searching thru whiteblaze. Here's what i found right away, http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=14696&highlight=traditions
I'm sure you can find more. happy hiking

Yeah. I saw that already. I didn't know if there was an official list anywhere.

emerald
09-02-2006, 00:03
The origins of most of these traditions or challenges are probably obscure. Participation is optional and in the case of at least some of these traditions, they are not observed by even the majority of hikers.

Lone Wolf
09-02-2006, 05:44
Pirate has a tradition of taking a dump on the Mason/Dixon line then heading back south. Half gallon of ice cream? How dumb.

Footslogger
09-02-2006, 10:37
Half gallon of ice cream? How dumb.
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I didn't think that ahead of time in 2003 ...but afterwards I questioned my sanity.

'Slogger

general
09-02-2006, 10:40
naked hikin' day. june 21, the summer solstice. makes road crossings really interesting.

Mr. Clean
09-02-2006, 13:37
And who could forget mooning the cog!

ed bell
09-02-2006, 13:43
Pirate has a tradition of taking a dump on the Mason/Dixon line then heading back south. Good thing this hasn't become more popular.:eek:

Programbo
09-02-2006, 19:03
As I asked in a previous thread on this topic.....How far back do most of these "traditions" go?...I did most of my long distance hiking in the early-mid 70`s and I never heard of most of the items on the list someone posted

Tin Man
09-02-2006, 22:18
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I didn't think that ahead of time in 2003 ...but afterwards I questioned my sanity.

'Slogger

Not sure if or when I might do a thru, but thank you and L. Wolf for sparing my sanity. This sounds like one tradition better left to the young and gullible.

BradMT
09-04-2006, 23:56
As I asked in a previous thread on this topic.....How far back do most of these "traditions" go?...I did most of my long distance hiking in the early-mid 70`s and I never heard of most of the items on the list someone posted

I'm with you... all 1,000 miles I did of the AT was pre 1978... never hear of any of these "traditions" be it in GA, ME or in between!

hikerjohnd
09-05-2006, 00:12
As I asked in a previous thread on this topic.....How far back do most of these "traditions" go?...I did most of my long distance hiking in the early-mid 70`s and I never heard of most of the items on the list someone posted

Part of the character of AT hiking culture is that it is ever changing. Things that are important to hikers one year may be unknown to hikers other years. It is the differences that make each crop of thru-hikers a new and unique folk group.