A Couple Old Hikers

We are Max & Maureen. A couple recently retired old hikers who have been walking the AT since 2008. We have done a lot of sections over the past 14 years so 2022's attempt to finish up could be considered a hip-hop rather than flip-flop hike

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Things learned on the way to Damascus

Things learned on the way to Damascus

First Leg Completed Finished approximately 70 miles from Elk Park NC to Damascus VA.  Took seven days of walking, but the thru-hikers we met had 400

Apr 28, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers
Beginning to Walk

Beginning to Walk

First Leg Happy to say our long-a** section hike has begun. Made our way from Massachusetts to Tennessee and caught a shuttle ride to the trailhead

Apr 14, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers
20-Day Countdown

20-Day Countdown

Date is Set - April 12 We have decided to head out on 4/9/22 for our trip south to jump on the trail.  It will be trains and buses from MA to TN

Mar 25, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers
Want vs. Need vs. Luxury

Want vs. Need vs. Luxury

Luxury - what's your definition? We've encountered a lot of thru-hikers over the years and many are happy to stop and chat for a bit.  Maureen loves

Mar 17, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers
Food, Glorious Food

Food, Glorious Food

Hiking is not for connoisseurs of fine dining... One lesson we learned pretty early was that lugging along heavy, fancy eats was a big waste of

Mar 7, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers
The Bed – Equipment Debate Part 3

The Bed – Equipment Debate Part 3

Do those two ever agree? After 39 years of sleeping next to each other every night, we are used to being in each other's space.  But sleeping on a

Mar 2, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers
Hiking in cold weather – a thought

Hiking in cold weather – a thought

How does an old couple hike in the cold weather? They

Mar 2, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers
Equipment Debate – Part 2

Equipment Debate – Part 2

Backpacks In the beginning.... Our first few overnight long hikes were memorable.  Max invested in a big old Osprey with tons of nooks and

Feb 23, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers
Equipment – So Many Choices, So Many Opinions….

Equipment – So Many Choices, So Many Opinions….

Big Three - Part I It's fun to plan the retirement walkabout and debate equipment preferences.  We're finalizing the Big Three and have plans for a

Feb 11, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers
Why? That’s the Big Question.

Why? That’s the Big Question.

So, who are you people and why are you walking? The old fella - Sweatheart (Max) So I am one half of the "a couple old hikers."  I'm looking to

Feb 7, 2022 : A Couple Old Hikers