Alphabet Soup Hiking.
It is my term for the trend to give every backpacking trip an acronym. And to only hike routes if there is an acronym.
A week or two of hiking in the Sierra, the San Juans or any other range used to simply just be called a “backpacking trip“.
Now it is the XYZ BINGO route.
But is not enough to simply go walking.
Everything has to be epic and exciting.
And I think it is part of the American culture.
To simply take a walk is lazy.
But to walk a route with a designated name and acronym? It is a goal. Something worthy to achieve.
An acronym pops. It is memorable. And exciting for many.
I guess I started using the term Alphabet Soup Hiking because of the emphasis on the routes themselves. The emphasis is not really on the wild places the routes pass through. And the emphasis is even more so on the lifestyle around them.
In the near future, I suspect I’ll do a shorter Alphabet Soup route. These routes are often a great way to see a new place or experience a certain ecosystem. The logistics are sometimes nice and simple, too. Everyone likes a relaxing vacation at times that does not need as much planning. Myself included.