What does GORP stand for?

Trail mix

When outdoor enthusiasts, particularly hikers, talk about GORP, they’re referring to their snack mix. The term’s exact origin and its true meaning are still subjects of debate, adding a layer of mystery to this seemingly simple slang.

Many of those who use the term believe that GORP stands for ‘Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts‘. This interpretation is popular, as it represents two main components of trail mix.

However, some people suggest that GORP is an acronym for ‘Granola, Oats, Raisins, Peanuts‘. This version appears to give a more comprehensive description of the classic trail mix blend.

Adding to the confusion, GORP is an existing word in the Oxford English Dictionary, where it is defined as ‘to eat greedily’. Therefore, the acronym interpretations might be backronyms, which means they could be acronyms that were created after the word already existed.

Example for using ‘GORP’ in a conversation

Hey, I’m going hiking this weekend!

That sounds awesome! Don’t forget to pack some GORP.

GORP? What’s that?

Oh, it’s just another word for trail mix. Hikers use it a lot.