Lisa Garrett and Francis Tapon: Appalachian Trail thru-hikers
Lisa "Cartwheel" Garrett and Francis "Mr. Magoo" Tapon hiked the entire Appalachian Trail together, sharing equipment along the way. That helped them save weight and forced them to see each other every once in a while.
How did it all start?
Without setting one foot on a trail or even reading a single book about backpacking, we instinctively believed that we should minimize what we carried. Why? Two reasons:
Pre-Appalachian Trail photos: shows what we did to prepare for the AT!
Sunrise in Yosemite
Francis posing in front of an amazing sunrise in a burned out forest Yosemite over Thanksgiving 2000. Notice the snow.
Grand Master Chef at work!
It was our last meal of the day before we headed high up in Yosemite, which had just gotten hit hard with a snowstorm on Labor Day. Cartwheel is whipping up some pasta from Sunridge Farms! Yummy! Sunridge Farms was one of our sponsors, and we thought of them everyday on the trail because we enjoyed their nutritious and delicious food!
Toasty in Yosemite Thanksgiving 2000!
Here is a happy camper! It's Cartwheel's favorite time of day: BEDTIME! She is all bundled up to survive the below freezing temperatures at 8,000 ft! Here she is wearing about 5 layers of clothing: two wicking shirts; a fleece sweater; a water proof jacket; big white down jacket; scarf; hat; two long johns; ski pants; and gloves! All this and she snuggles into a 20 degree sleeping bag!
Two Feet, Two Conditions.
On the left, Cartwheel is enjoying a pit stop on the shores of Pt. Reyes, the start of the American Discovery Trail, which goes to Washington, DC! Check out those dirty feet! We learned we didn't like hiking in sandals because it was painful after a while.
Mystic Fog of Pt. Reyes, CA
Mr. Magoo felt that he was entering a fairy tale forest shrouded with mysterious fog.
You call that a snow angel?
Cartwheel may be a rugged and adventurous backpacker, but she sure needs more practice making snow angels!
Movin' Right Along!
This silly Muppets song is our theme song for our backpacking expeditions! It's so positive and fun, you can't help but be happy!
Deserted Trail in Yosemite
It's was hard to believe that during the summer, these same trails are teeming with hikers.
The Ultimate Treat: a Shower!
OK, so most people wouldn't call this a shower, but we consider this luxury: running water!
Happy in Costa Rica
We spent the Christmas of the year 2000 backpacking in Costa Rica for 10 days. It was some of the most grueling hiking we experienced. The wildlife was incredible. We crossed a river with a crocodile nearby, deftly avoided a Corral Snake, and woke up to the eerie sound of howler monkeys! We hiked for days in incessant rain, forded intense white water rivers, and slid down mudslides! It was an amazing adventure.
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