MaPa Wampus

We are empty nesters trying to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. This hike is part of our transition from steel, concrete, and constant sirens to sandstone cliffs, the salty breeze, and the laughing call of the kookaburra.

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Chilly Challenges, Magic on the Mountain, and Other Observations

Chilly Challenges, Magic on the Mountain, and Other Observations

As we continue to learn on this trail, technology designed to predict and thwart Mother Nature’s maleffects is far from absolute.   Our ability to

Apr 7, 2024 : MaPa Wampus
Modifying the Equation and Other Observations

Modifying the Equation and Other Observations

For any life plan, there is an equation.  There is the balance of time, resources, and abilities that determines the success rate of whatever task we

Apr 2, 2024 : MaPa Wampus
Omar is a Jerk and Other Observations

Omar is a Jerk and Other Observations

Outside Effects Coming off the trail today to hit the outfitter in the AM.  Over the years we have noticed, despite our carefully arranged plans,

Mar 27, 2024 : MaPa Wampus
Pointless Ups and Downs – Not Always!

Pointless Ups and Downs – Not Always!

And we are back… First, some hiker terminology: PUDS.  Pointless ups and downs.  There are several points on the Appalachian Trail where maintainers

Mar 23, 2024 : MaPa Wampus
Don’t Quit in a Trash Bag Dress and Other Observations

Don’t Quit in a Trash Bag Dress and Other Observations

And it begins… Here We Go - Pack Has Yet to Meet the Mountain We started on the approach trail, a mere 8 mile trek to summit Springer, the

Mar 16, 2024 : MaPa Wampus
First, You Have To Get There

First, You Have To Get There

Prepping For Departure As stated earlier, our mission is to use the trail as a transition to our new adventures with our family in Australia.  For

Mar 15, 2024 : MaPa Wampus
Choosing Our Gear for an AT Hike – The Learning Costs

Choosing Our Gear for an AT Hike – The Learning Costs

Trying to figure out what we should take on this hike was a real learning process, and learning sometimes hurts! This article spells out how we came up with what we plan on taking for now - but we know all to well that everything is subject to change!

Jan 31, 2024 : MaPa Wampus
The Trail as a Transition

The Trail as a Transition

Who are we and why are we doing this? Big changes on the horizon allow us to participate in this fantastic adventure!

Jan 31, 2024 : MaPa Wampus