What’s Your Scale Trail Name?

Words: Rodney “GCRad1″ Wills

What’s your Scale Trail Name?
How I got mine and and how to you get yours.

For me, I’ve been 2RAD, RAD, RAD1 since 1983.
Later in life, GCRad1 on the digital forum walls of social media.

Through my own fascination with hiking one of the big three… Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and the Appalachian Trail (AT), I discovered folks who’ve hiked the big three commonly referred to one another via their “trail name.”
Yes, we are talking about nick names, nom de plume (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/nom-de-plume) aka trail names. It’s a name that people adopt as their “alter-ego” or a reflection of their personality. Or, they earn it from fellow hikers, good or bad, but  bestowed upon them nonetheless.

While many of us are on message forums such as RCCrawler.com, ScaleBuildersGuild.com, Scale4X4RC.org, RCUniverse.com, UltimateRC.comRCTech.netRCGroups.com, you might also be on Pirate4X4.com, IH8MUD.com or even ExpeditionPortal.com as well – and most of you have some really cool screen names!

But what about those who are just getting into it? How do you choose a name?

How did I go about getting the G, the C, the R, the A, the D and the “1″ for my pen name?Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 5.21.10 PMIt started way back in the 1980′s. My nickname is derived from the Radical Rick BMX cartoons in the back of BMXPlus Magazine! However, Radical was too long to “write” and I’m no Rick…

In the dictionary, the word “radical” carries the meaning, “favoring extreme change” and for this country kid growing up in the woods of Alabama who later moved to the city, that’s all I needed to see! I just chopped it down to the bare essence of the word – RAD!

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At the time, I had just entered into design school in Atlanta and needed four letters for my street name. Since Radical Rick was the first “RAD dude,” I wanted to be the “second” so I added a “2″ on the front to make four letters – 2RAD.

Rad1KTDWhen I move to the West Coast to finish college at California College of Art (Bay Area), I changed the “2RAD” to “RAD1″ but sometimes it would simply just be “RAD.” Thus the word Radical has had great meanings for me, and has served me well! Favoring extreme change.

Where did the “GC” in GCRAD1 come from? 4646153448_40a5b8a1d3_z

The “GC” stands for GravelCrew, derived from the term Gravel Cars.


After 911, yes THE 911 in 2001, international air fair rates from the USA to ANYWHERE outside of the USA was at an all time low! My buddy called me and asked if I wanted to go to England for WRC Rally Great Britain. I said that is going to be too expensive! He said, “$400 BUCKS!” And I said that is still a bit expensive… but… he quickly interjected, “NO! Like $400 for BOTH OF US ROUND TRIP!” So, OF COURSE my answer quickly turned into a big “YES!” Then I had to explain to my wife that during the Thanksgiving holiday, ScottG and I would be flying over to the UK for the rally event.

During that trip, after the rally, we spent time with the Subaru World Rally Team as Travis Pastrana was getting his official training test with the team. What caught our eye was the teams utilization of street going, rally prepped, Subaru WRX’s as support cars and pace-note cars, and referred to them as “gravel cars.” Upon our return home, we started the GRAVEL CREW as our crew had daily driven cars with roll cages, mud flaps and rally tires! The name was perfect! We were all socially active on the subi-forums and we would put the crew initials in front of our screen names, so everyone new, it was someone from the Gravel Crew, hence the GC in GCRAD1. So there you have it!

OK, enough about me!
HOW TO GET YOUR OWN TRAIL NAME?32234859584_3df30758a4_z

So there’s my story and here are some ideas on how to get your own nickname:

We made this fun post “What’s your Scale Name?” on Facebook:


More fun reading:
How To Get The Best Trail Name Ever – Appalachian Trials

A trail name is a name that you can either give to yourself or someone will give one to you if you’re on a long hike. Be warned … if someone … https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/5553/

How did they get that name?

Trail Names And How They Find You

Thanks for reading and let us know your trail name by adding a comment on our Facebook post:

A few of my favorites FROM THE PAGES OF RCCrawler.com:

Jason http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/jason-5.htm

Twisted Creations http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/twistedcreations-100.htm

RBGerrish http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/rbgerrish-154.htm

Badger http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/badger-174.htm

Pinchflat http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/pinchflat-365.htm

Kaetwo http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/kaetwo-366.htm

Bender http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/bender-1201.htm

Brandon http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/brandon-1855.htm

CHINO63 http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/chino63-2481.htm

Twisted Creations http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/twistedcreations-100.htm

Turtle http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/turtle-5785.htm

JustZach http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/just-zach-9364.htm

JasonInAugusta http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/jasoninaugusta-430.htm

SlinkySam http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/slinkysam-237.htm

GCRad1 http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/members/gcrad1-12313.htm