40 Reasons You Know You’re An Appalachian Mountaineer

Black and gold forever, y’all.

1. You know “The Rock” isn’t a movie or the stage name of a wrestler.

ID: 1223338

2. If this wasn’t the most exciting day of your life…

ID: 1223350

3. …then odds are one of these were.

ID: 1223364

4. This is your footwear of choice.

ID: 1223378

5. Walking to class in a near blizzard doesn’t faze you.

Though, the icy sidewalks might.

ID: 1223413

6. The sight of this makes you LOL.

Sorry WCU. But seriously, LOL!

ID: 1223426

7. This is an all too common sight on Sanford Mall.

I’m not sure I will ever understand slacklining, but more power to y’all. I can’t even walk on solid ground without falling.

ID: 1223445

8. You know it is completely possible to walk uphill both ways.


ID: 1223461

9. You know it is absolutely acceptable to play your rival in football for the rights to an old moonshine jug.

ID: 1223472

10. This is where you went to play because it was basically your backyard.

Hebron Rock Colony is the best.

ID: 1223505

11. This still makes you cringe.

Yes this is legitimate, and yes it was featured on the old VH1 show Web Junk 20, and yes it has been a constant sore spot.

I apologize fellow Mountaineers for dredging this back up. Track me down and I’ll buy you a beer to help you forget.*

*Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen.

ID: 1223522

12. You’ve gotten your day drink on here.

Or Parthenon Cafe if that’s more your speed.

I was always more of a Flipside fan myself, may it rest in peace.

ID: 1223582

13. You know Black Cat has the best burritos on the planet.

What I wouldn’t give for a White Trash BBQ burrito and a PBR right now.

ID: 1223651

14. And that Boone Bagelry is the best hangover cure ever.

I need to stop writing about food because my stomach is growling for a Bagelicious overstuffed.

Heaven. On. Earth.

ID: 1223697

15. While you have mad love for Boone Saloon…

…you know it hasn’t been quite the same since the fire/remodel.

It feels too trendy and clean now. But Taco Tuesday is still one of the best deals in town!

ID: 1223731

16. This man will always be viewed as a god on campus.

We’ll miss you Coach Moore!

ID: 1223746

17. So will this one.

Helping win two national championships and beating Michigan should give you a statue on campus.

(Authors Note: I have mad love for Armanti, and am therefore horribly biased, so I don’t want to hear about how he shouldn’t have been drafted by the Panthers and blah blah blah. Haters gonna hate, you guys.)

ID: 1223803

18. Hearing someone pronounce Appalachian incorrectly is like nails on a chalk board for you.

ID: 1223863

19. Seeing the first Florida license plate of the season makes you spiral into depression.

Sorry Floridians! But you swarm into Boone like a bunch of locusts.

ID: 1223915

20. Jumping into this has seemed like a good idea…even in winter.


ID: 1223917

21. Even if you didn’t do it, odds are you know someone who thru hiked this beauty after graduation.

It’s still on my life list!

ID: 1223934

22. You’ve taken in the view from Rough Ridge.

Especially during the fall.

Seriously, is there anything more gorgeous than this?!

No. The answer is no there isn’t.

ID: 1223967

23. You made treks to Blowing Rock to be able to drink liquor.

This is for those who were there pre-fall 2008, when Boone still did not have liquor by the drink, so if you wanted to have a cocktail in a bar or restaurant you had to travel to Blowing Rock to do so.

Hooray booze!

ID: 1223991

24. You took skiing/snowboarding for PE credit.

Or you did what I did and took both for two separate PE credits.

ID: 1223996

25. Hungry Howies was your late night pizza jam.

ID: 1224001

26. You weren’t just a number.

This is a little corny, but for as big as ASU has gotten (and it is still by no means huge) class sizes are small (except for like Intro. to Biology and those other GE classes). And the professors are incredible. I’m sure that’s something you can find at a lot of colleges, but there’s something about the relationships you establish at App. with faculty, staff, and students (that continue on once you leave) that are just really damn special.

ID: 1224129

27. You checked Ray’s Weather religiously.

Especially in the winter.

ID: 1224215

28. You have strong feelings on which is the better Mexican restaurant.

Los Arcoiris all the way.

ID: 1224231

29. You’ve skipped class to go hike and take in the view from an overlook.

Kidding! You would never, ever, ever skip class!

ID: 1224243

30. You know how truly dangerous and delicious the Candy Barrel at Mast General Store is.

Even President Obama is a fan!

ID: 1224253

31. You don’t see eye to eye with your Congressional representation.

I could be (and really want to be) extremely snarky here, but I’ll refrain and just say the university is very liberal, and Representative Foxx is well, not.

ID: 1224276

32. You remember when you could go see movies for two bucks here.

Those were the good old days.

ID: 1224292

33. You bought a story from Joshua Watauga.

Joshua was a staple on King Street when I was at Appalachian and he was one of the kindest, sweetest souls I have ever met.

He would sell handwritten stories and poems and magic stones. He was absolutely lovely and is dearly missed.

ID: 1224495

34. You’ve mastered the art of walking backwards to fight the wind.

It gets seriously windy up on the mountain, you guys.

ID: 1224571

35. You loved being able to use your AppCard at Crossroads.

Same goes for McAlister’s and yes, even Chik-fil-A before we all realized they were crazy.

ID: 1224603

36. You know we have the greatest mascot ever.

Seriously. Yosef is absolutely badass. I mean, look at that beard!

ID: 1224620

37. You took advantage of the outdoor programs the university offered.

And if you didn’t then what the hell was wrong with you?!

From camping, to backpacking, to caving, to rock climbing, etc. the programs they offered were incredible and pretty affordable.

Best outdoor school. Hands down. Brevard, you’ve got nothing on us.

ID: 1224668

38. You were surrounded by good looking people.

I don’t know if it’s the amount of athletic opportunities present at App. or the fresh mountain air, but damn there are some really good looking people at ASU. Whether it be students, professors, or staff Appalachian is full of hotties.

No wonder we’re “hot, hot, hot!”

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

ID: 1225048

39. You’ve been sledding down “Suicide Hill.”

Bonus points if that involved a whitewater kayak.

ID: 1225106

40. And because regardless of when you were or how long you were there you know that:

ID: 1225125

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

This post was created by a member of BuzzFeed Community, where anyone can post awesome lists and creations. Learn more or post your buzz!

  Your Reaction?


    Now Buzzing