Lately I've been thinking of dropping the name 'Wolverine' and just being called by the name my parents gave me: Christopher.
There are three reasons for this. The first is that there is another guy out here on the PCT who calls himself 'The Michigan Wolverine' and he's a complete jackass. I really hate being confused with him and having to answer for some of the stupid shit he's done.
The second is that my hiking hero, Scott Williamson, doesn't use one so why should I? I read in the Backpacker magazine article on him that he used to go by 'Duck Face' but now he's just Scott - the most amazing hiker to ever strap on a pack.
The third is because when Chris McCandless (the subject of the book and movie 'Into The Wild') was near the end of his life, it became important to him to 'call each thing by its proper name'. At that point he dropped the name 'Alexander Supertramp'. Maybe I should do the same.
I always thought trail names were kind of silly but I was given mine by a kid named Celtic Thunder when we were about a week into the Appalachian Trail. I guess I was glad it was a cool name because not everyone likes their trail name. Just ask Ass Trumpet, the guy who farts a lot.
What does everyone think? Thanks, in advance, if you leave a comment below.