Short for Norovirus, a disease that spreads easily in the backcountry. Outbreaks in 2012 and 2013 were particularly harsh, such that trail clubs, hostels, and hikers have increased prevention efforts since then.

Noro is coming

Example: “I heard they’ve got the Noro back in Erwin, so let’s hope we stay ahead of the bubble.”

Not-so-fun Fact: According to the CDC, hand sanitizer is not as effective as soap in killing norovirus, which is one reason it spreads easily in the backcountry.

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