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    Hey;
    Have you ever noticed that in the south, the low points are usually called Gaps, while in New England, they're called Notches?
    I was just looking over the AT Data Book, and noticed that there is only one "gap" north of New York; Chairback Gap (lean-to), Maine.
    Similarly, there are no "notches" south of Mass.
    At least this is true for the AT, but I suspect it's just part of the native speak of the area. Like, how many different names are there for a long sandwich?
    Hero, Sub, etc, etc.

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    To make it more confusing, they are 'passes' out West...
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    Don't forget to add that out west that the low area between two peaks are also called saddles.

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    Or a col in alpine speak

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    Variants of hills? In GA and NC, they're often "knobs".

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    I guess what they're called is what the namer decided was appropriate, and sounded good.

    Then we've got the different ways to name mountains;
    "Springer Mountain"
    "Mount Katahdin"
    "Clingmans Dome".
    "Jay Peak"

    There's a ridge running north to south in Harriman Park, NY called "West Mountain". It really should be called "West Ridge".
    Like, "Blue Ridge Mountains".

    Then, you have mountains in the Himalayas that are just called by alpha-numerics like "K2". It's not "K2 Mountain", or "Mount K2"; Just "K2"

    What the hell. It's time to use my mind for something more constructive

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    Arden-“I was just looking over the AT Data Book, and noticed that there is only one "gap" north of New York; Chairback Gap (lean-to), Maine.”
    Widen your view beyond the A.T. and you’ll find Lincoln Gap and Appalachian Gap on the Long Trail in Vermont.
    remington79-“Don't forget to add that out west that the low area between two peaks are also called saddles.”
    The dip between Katahdin and Hamlin Peak (Maine) is called the Saddle
    Arden-“Then we've got the different ways to name mountains; …"Mount Katahdin"”
    There is no "Mount Katahdin", just Katahdin which means ‘greatest mountain’

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Old Fhart View Post
    Widen your view beyond the A.T. and you’ll find Lincoln Gap and Appalachian Gap on the Long Trail in Vermont.

    The dip between Katahdin and Hamlin Peak (Maine) is called the Saddle

    There is no "Mount Katahdin", just Katahdin which means ‘greatest mountain’
    I stand corrected. Back to school

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    There are a lot of kinda misplaced names out there. I had a sunset and a moonrise at the same time on top of Shenandoah Mountain which isn't in VA but in NY. Go figure.

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    Notches, for the most point, are way more vicious on the AT. I don't think that's on purpose, just plays out that way.

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    In German, peaks are "Spitz" or "Gipfel," although the latter is mostly just in songs. However in Austria, some summits are called "Kogel." I puzzled over that for a while before I realized that "Kogel" was just dialect for "Kugel," which means "bullet." IOW, those were the mountains with rounded summits...

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    Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt im Abendsonnenschein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emerald View Post
    Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt im Abendsonnenschein.
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    Shelters turn into lean-to's and huts in Virginia aren't the same as huts in the whites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emerald View Post
    Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt im Abendsonnenschein.

    If you do that in public, they're going to make you clean up the mess yourself!
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    I don't like that after I climb Bear and Brushy Mountains, trail crews dig them up and repile them in states in front of me.

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    Here's an interesting thread on the subject;

    http://www.mail-archive.com/[email protected]/msg00872.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Jay View Post
    I don't like that after I climb Bear and Brushy Mountains, trail crews dig them up and repile them in states in front of me.
    Yeah, I keep climbing the same Brushy Mountain and heading down into the same Deep Gap over and over again. And don't get me started on "Low Gap."
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Old Fhart View Post
    Widen your view beyond the A.T. and you’ll find Lincoln Gap and Appalachian Gap on the Long Trail in Vermont.
    and in vermont you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a 'glen' of some kind

    Quote Originally Posted by The Old Fhart View Post
    The dip between Katahdin and Hamlin Peak (Maine) is called the Saddle
    and that whole 'saddleback mountain' thing in maine presents a quandry, don't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arden View Post
    Hey;
    Have you ever noticed that in the south, the low points are usually called Gaps, while in New England, they're called Notches?
    Yeah, I've noticed. I'm married to a Yankee and they call lots of things by the wrong names!

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