We're the Swords and we are starting our northbound thru-hike of the AT on March 19! We're in our late 20’s and since we met in high school we've been doing life by the books-graduating high school, going to college, getting a job, getting married. We've really been very fortunate so far, but the problem is that we love the outdoors and traveling, and our current jobs have really limited our ability to enjoy those things. We’re planning on making big changes in our lives, and we’re using this hike to kick start a new lifestyle. Hopefully, it will lead us to great things!
To our friends and families that can't wrap their heads around the thru-hiker lifestyle, we get it. We understand why you don't understand. Unless
Some thru-hikers start their journey with zero experience in backpacking, and we're not far from being total newbs ourselves. We have always
We have finally announced our hike to all of our friends and family with this little video Nikki
We're leaving March 19th for our Northbound thru-hike and we're planning for some cold weather. Below is Taylor's portion of the gear list we
We're leaving March 19th for our Northbound thru-hike and we're planning for some cold weather. Below is Nikki's portion of the gear list we
The emotions were overwhelming that day: excitement, anticipation, fear, uncertainty. We were going to see a part of the Appalachian Trail that a