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  • Camping Terminology

    If you are new to camping, there may be some terms you hear from other, more seasoned campers.

    Anorak- a waterproof pullover jacket with a used that is used a lot by campers. There is no full length zipper but yet a chest length zipper.

    Bannock- trail bread that is made in a skillet.

    Billy- a small pot for cooking that has a handle on it.

    Cirque- steep glacier bowl at the head of a side canyon.

    Croakies- brand name of popular elastic strap for eyeglasses.

    Deadman- log or rock in the ground sometimes used to anchor a tent.

    External frame pack- backpack which has a frame on the outer part of the backpack.

    Fanny pack- zippered pack that goes around your waist.

    Flash flood- sudden rush of water.

    Ground stakes- anchors the tent to the ground.

    Haft- the handle of an axe.

    Hypothermia- lowers the body temperature due to being exposed to cold, wet weather.

    Marquee- large tent.

    Mocoa- a popular drink with campers made by combining hot chocolate and coffee.

    Noggin- small mug.

    Poncho- hooded rain jacket.

    Puncheon- log bridge usually built over a stream.

    Rucksack- style of backpack made of canvas with two shoulder straps.

    Sigg- aluminum bottle used to keep gasoline or kerosene.

    Smores- campfire snack made with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.

    Tinder- small twigs, wood shavings, etc. Used to start a fire because they burn easily.

    Toque- wool stocking cap.

    Trekking- hard or long hike.

    Wachita stone- med-hard mineral oil stone that is used to sharpen knives.
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