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Royal Marine speak for a long march, with heavy kit. A yomp can either be tactial, or non-tac.

It it is tactical then all comms up and down the snake are done by hand signal, whereas non-tac involves much honking general chitchat, and listerning to personal stereos.

The Para version of this is Tabbing

Heavily-laden cross-country walking. The term is British military slang, popularized in the Falklands War when troops (2 Para and the Royal Marines) were landed at Goose Green to capture that and then had to cross the boggy island to take Port Stanley.

It originally meant the walking was performed laden with full kit. Synonym as such: forced march, road march, and slang humping and ruck hump. Yomping at twice the speed is called tabbing.

Since then it seems to have entered the popular vocabulary as some kind of more or less strenuous cross-country leisure activity, on a par with hiking or trekking. The difference perhaps is that while hiking you're allowed to stop for a two-hour lunch in a pub, and trekking is done in exotic places, but yomping requires a good filthy bog to feel you've got the most out of it.

Although... The third reference below uses it merely to mean "walking around with a rucksack, because they're in Paris: "The next couple of hours were spent yomping around in search of a room."

Almost always found as participial "yomping", but the verb and noun "yomp" also occur.


Ack! The node yomp already existed but searching for "yomping" didn't find it. /me complains to nate.

Editor's note: As outlined by Lucy-S at SFF Net, the site referenced above has gone offline. As of March 2017, you can find the referenced article at http://www.mrbadexample.com/sanders/par1.html.

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