Story: Tramping

Tramping words

Tramping words

Trampers use their own terms for various aspects of the outdoor experience. Most are adapted from everyday language (such as bivvy, from bivouac). Some have a new meaning, such as ‘tops’ – meaning the land above the bush line. One of the most common is ‘scroggin’ – a high-energy mix of nuts, raisins, chocolate and other small snacks. Trampers usually keep it at the top of the pack in a plastic bag, ready for when they take a break.

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Carl Walrond, 'Tramping - Hazards, safety and guide books', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015