Ever come across an adventure term that had you flummoxed? You and me both. Welcome to the Adventure Dictionary where I break down that adventure jargon so that you can use it in your daily lingo.

Hiking Terminology

Munro

A Scottish mountain over 914m high so named after the man who first chartered them, Sir Hugh Munro. There are 282 in total with Ben Nevis being the tallest (1,345m).

Route vs Trail

A route is that path which you take. It doesn’t necessarily have to be already mapped out. A trail is a path which is already mapped out and likely signposted.

Trig Point

A marker used in the re-triangulation process of Great Britain carried out by the Ordnance Survey beginning in 1936 until 1962. There are 5,500 left standing in the UK.

Bothy

Essentially an empty place to shelter, often without facilities but with plenty of character.

Nuttal

A peak over 610m above sea level with an ascent of 15m in England or Wales. There are 190 in Wales and 257 in England.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terminology

Goofy/Regular

You either stand with your left foot forward on your snowboard (regular) or your right foot forward (goofy).

Bluebird

A beautiful day out on the mountains with blue skies, warm sunshine and no wind. Basically, your first lifts last lifts kind of day.

Surfing Terminology

Swell

A group of waves coming in to shore that have not been created by local winds but weather systems further afield.

Beach Break

A wave which breaks over a sandy seabed. The quality of the wave is less consistent because sand doesn’t stay put.

Reef Break

A wave which breaks over a rocky seabed. The quality of the wave is more consistent.

Tube Riding

Surfing inside the barrel of a wave. Pretty techy stuff by the sounds of it.

Adventure Terminology

Stack Climber

Someone who climbs very tall, very isolated rocks in the ocean. Strong likelihood of high difficulty

Microadventure

A short and sweet outdoor experience that’s relatively cheap but still rewarding and a lot of fun. An adventure to wet your appetite.

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