Alex and Amanda

Hey Friends! Our names are Alex and Amanda and we backpacked the Appalachian Trail in 2017! We learned that we are purist backpackers while on the trail. We left elite kitchens to take a chance and do something we had no prior experience doing. We are not completely sure where life is taking us right now. Is there another thru hike coming up or are we bound to return to our careers? We know as much as you do at this point so let's figure out life together!

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Creedence and Clearwater’s Before & After Gear

Creedence and Clearwater’s Before & After Gear

As aspiring thru hikers, it can be daunting, even intimidating, to think about the gear needed to walk 2,190 miles. We are here to say, stop

Nov 6, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
No Ragrets!

No Ragrets!

We Here is a great article how to focus in and maybe trim some ounces for those that are ultralight. For us, we went for comfort in this area, which

Oct 29, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
Gear Review: North Face Triarch 3

Gear Review: North Face Triarch 3

Outdoor Gear Lab has a great article on some of the mainstream backpacking tents. There are also companies such as Hyperlite who make them to order

Oct 22, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
In Hindsight

In Hindsight

In our Upper Goose Pond Cabin that are free to stay and if planned right, could be a great day off in the woods. In our entire 200+ days on the

Oct 16, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
On Finishing

On Finishing

We did it! We hiked 2,190 miles from Georgia to Maine. Remember that time when two people who never backpacked before and really had no idea what

Oct 12, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
Walking the Walk: Understanding What it Takes

Walking the Walk: Understanding What it Takes

Hey friends! So we know that we are long overdue for a post and have been going back and forth on what our next post should be. Being 427 miles

Apr 9, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
Part 2: Learning to Walk the Walk

Part 2: Learning to Walk the Walk

Hey everyone! I'll take over from here! If you did not read, Clearwater brought us through our second week on the trail up to Franklin. Sorry

Mar 16, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
Part 1: Learning to Walk the Walk

Part 1: Learning to Walk the Walk

Hey friends! Sorry we haven’t blogged in two weeks! The cell phone service hasn’t aligned too well with our desire to keep you updated on our trip.

Mar 14, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
Adjusting to Life on the Appalachian Trail

Adjusting to Life on the Appalachian Trail

Hey friends! Our first week on the trail was SO awesome! It’s funny, one of our moms asked us if it (hiking the Appalachian Trail) was as hard as

Feb 25, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
Coming Full Circle: The Beginning of an End

Coming Full Circle: The Beginning of an End

"A man who pushes his boundaries ultimately finds them." - Point Break, 2015 January is over. I wish I could say that there was still gear left

Jan 29, 2017 : Alex and Amanda