We’ve decided it’s time for an AT quiz so you can test your knowledge and familiarity with our adventure. Ten simple multiple choice questions!
1 – When in town, you can easily recognize other AT hikers by: (a) they smell like sweaty goats. (b) they’re in the laundromat wearing rainsuits only. (c) they have voracious appetites, eating giant meals including any crumbs that fall on the table. (d) all of the above
2 – Proper footwear for the trail consists of: (a) heavy duty boots. (b) lightweight trail runners. (c) footwear? bare feet are best! (d) any of the above
3 – For lunch, hikers are known to combine: (a) peanut butter and nutella. (b) slim Jims and peanut butter. (c) string cheese and canned frosting. (d) all of the above.
4 – “Privy” options include: (a) pit toilets. (b) moldering toilets. (c) 4 to 6 inch deep “cat holes”. (d) all of the above.
5 – Dishwashing is performed by: (a) thorough licking. (b) wiping with a wet tea bag. (c) rinsing with a splash of coffee. (d) all of the above
6 – To deal with a snotty nose, it’s perfectly acceptable to: (a) use your sleeve. (b) use your bandana. (c) blow a “snot rocket”. (d) any or all of the above, in any sequence.
7 – If you are following another hiker, it’s best to stay about six feet behind so that: (a) if one of you falls, you won’t both go down. (b) if he/she “whiffs” with a trekking pole, you won’t catch it in the face. (c) you avoid his/her body odor. (d) all of the above are good reasons.
8 – If a hiker is complaining about the miseries of the trail, he should (a) alter the way he laces his boots. (b) lighten his pack load. (c) leave the trail and go back to work so he knows what real misery is. (d) any of the above may be a valid remedy.
9 – When showering at a hostel, it’s perfectly okay to: (a) use soap left behind by another hiker. (b) use one’s bandana as a washcloth. (c) change immediately into raingear (no underwear) so you can go do your laundry. (d) all of the above, singly or in combination.
10 – You know you’ve been on the trail a long time if you: (a) weigh less than you did in college. (b) associate regularly with folks called such names as Badger, Road Runner, Captain Caveman, Dingleberry and Brave Little Toaster. (c) smell like a three-day-dead goat and are not bothered by that. (d) all of the above.
Well, that’s the quiz! Now for the scoring. All of the correct answers are “d”. If you chose any others, you might consider: (a) reading more of our posts. (b) hiking part of the AT yourself, to enjoy the experience firsthand. (c) yourself lucky! (d) any or all of the above.
Cheers and Happy Trails! — Mike