You May Have “Half Gallon Champion”

Everyone frets over the notorious illnesses of the Appalachian Trail, such as Lyme, giardia, and noro. We all prepare for the inevitable bruises, blisters, and rashes that plague our bodies. However, in recent years many cases of a lesser known sickness have been reported, with numbers continuing to grow as more individuals attempt a thru hike. If you are feeling unwell in or near Pine Grove Furnace State Park, you may have a case of ‘Half Gallon Champion.’

What is Half Gallon Champion?

Half Gallon Champion is an illness that occasionally strikes hikers halfway into their thru hike. It has an extremely short incubation period, with symptoms appearing almost immediately and lasting several hours. There is no cure, but treatment may lessen symptoms. Abstinence is the only definite way to prevent Half Gallon Champion, though those who choose this method may be ridiculed and considered weak by their peers.


Overconsumption of ice cream, typically sixty-four ounces or more.


Body aches and/or tremors
Brain freeze
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Uncomfortable fullness sensation
Impaired hiking for several hours
Intense misery
Existential crisis

Who Is At Risk?

All thru hikers who have made it to the Pine Grove Furnace General Store in Pennsylvania.


Most cases of Half Gallon Champion can be self-diagnosed without seeing a doctor, but consultation with cashiers may be necessary. Seek medical treatment if symptoms persist.


Psychological appeasement is the most common method of treatment, typically administered in the form of a winner sample spoon. Other symptoms may be eased with water, cool air, and sprawling on the sidewalk, though no medical studies have proven their effectiveness. Most cases of Half Gallon Champion typically clear on their own in several hours.


Most people with Half Gallon Champion go on to live completely normal lives without relapse. Some patients have reported lingering feelings of superiority and pride, but more research is needed on this subject.



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Comments 2

  • Notebook : Aug 29th

    Cute, fun post! Love it.

  • Roll Tide : Aug 31st

    Poor Lavender lol.


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