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    Quote Originally Posted by garlic08 View Post
    ...My wife (GreasePot) and I hiked the AT and PCT together and we often call each other by our trail names.
    A gender-neutral trail name can add a degree of personal safety for some. My wife's is a good example.
    More than gender-neutral - from my 2004 Trail Journal at Roaring Springs Shelter: " ...I made it before 6 and shared the site with Louise a SOBO guy (that’s right a guy, his hiking partner was a guy named Thelma who dropped off so now it’s just Louise)..."

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    The first hikers I met thought my real name was a trail name
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    From my 2005 trail journal on a winter section hike in SW Virginia: "... we were joined by another shelter mate.. Stavros (real name, not Trail name)..." I told him he had a built-in trail name.

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    I actually have a few names people call me. Just depends how they know me. When people really started using forums and deciding, for whatever reason, to NOT use their real names, I would pick a name that might be related to that hobby or group of people. I have people who call me Penny. Others call me Fannie. A select few call me Fran. I used to have a login name of Katchem on a few forums. Then there's the trail where I am One Half. And even now some social media feeds I use One Half. Of course, people who knew me when I was growing up - family and friends - call me something else. And then people I meet in person, as an adult, have another name for me - just the more adult version of the diminutive family called me when I was a child. But all these names kind of "sort" my acquaintances and if you are around me long enough, you will be able to sort people I know based on how they refer to me. I kind of like it. I'm not a "static" person. Why should my name be static?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookerhiker View Post
    More than gender-neutral - from my 2004 Trail Journal at Roaring Springs Shelter: " ...I made it before 6 and shared the site with Louise a SOBO guy (that’s right a guy, his hiking partner was a guy named Thelma who dropped off so now it’s just Louise)..."



    From my 2005 trail journal on a winter section hike in SW Virginia: "... we were joined by another shelter mate.. Stavros (real name, not Trail name)..." I told him he had a built-in trail name.
    Stavros is a Greek name.
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    I suspect some of my posts would be interpreted/understood far differently if they were made with a cool trail name, rather than RickB.

    When people mind read, every detail matters.

    A good name name is more than just a detail

    RickB — Who would consider using the moniker “Mother of all Chickens” moving forward, as I adopted 6 pullets earlier in the summer.

    Pretty cool name, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickb View Post
    I suspect some of my posts would be interpreted/understood far differently if they were made with a cool trail name, rather than RickB.

    When people mind read, every detail matters.

    A good name name is more than just a detail

    RickB — Who would consider using the moniker “Mother of all Chickens” moving forward, as I adopted 6 pullets earlier in the summer.

    Pretty cool name, right?
    Six Chicks Rick would also fit - and create some envy as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eyedbuzzard View Post
    Six Chicks Rick would also fit - and create some envy as well.
    good thing he doesn't have 6 roosters

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    For me, trail-names are (mostly) an artificial contrivance - as if somehow life on the trail is different from the rest of one's life and therefore requires a different name.

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    Is it really that much different than having a nickname...or many nicknames?

    My given name doesn't fit me nearly as well as the nicknames friends and family have created for me. One is just a shortening of my given name. The other nicknames are either associated with fun memories, or a combination they have created involving my nickname.

    Being called by a nickname is not too much different than having a trail name, with no intention of trying to separate any part of my life (on trail, at work, with friends, etc). Sometimes a renaming just happens in the most natural of ways.

    I mean, even my dogs have multiple nicknames and they are the same dog underneath it all.

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    [QUOTE=Cookerhiker;2274068]More than gender-neutral - from my 2004 Trail Journal at Roaring Springs Shelter: " ...I made it before 6 and shared the site with Louise a SOBO guy (that’s right a guy, his hiking partner was a guy named Thelma who dropped off so now it’s just Louise)..."

    And I met "Valley Girl" on a couple of trails in the 2000s. Great guy.
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