Chapter IX: PA/NJ/NY

Pennsylvania We stood before the looming state of Pennsylvania scared of what it may claim from us. We heard horror stories of hiker’s journeys ending here due to falls, twists, or breaks. All of these injuries being a result of the treacherous rocks. You were also repeatedly told that the state will claim a pair…

Chapter VIII: 1/2 Empty or 1/2 Full We’re Halfway Done!

Harper’s Ferry The “psychological” halfway point, Harper’s Ferry, WV. We entered the historic town feeling our utmost filthy, fatigued, and hungry, but we wore smiles that stretched across our faces. We had made it halfway. We made our way to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, where you have your iconic Polaroid photo taken. There you find…

Chapter VII: Sweet Virginia

…Is not so sweet. We knew as we stood gazing at the state line of Virginia more miles stood before us in this single state than the amount of miles we had hiked so far. “Virginia blues” is the term hikers use when feeling the defeat of the trail in the state of Virginia, when…

Chapter VI: Critters of the AT

How glorious it is to be able to view and appreciate the forest floor becoming alive as spring arrived. Our knowledge has expanded as we learn from others about the various species we come across. There are creatures out here we did not know existed so close to home. The first critter is the millipede. …

Chapter V: Trail Culture

Our Journey This isn’t a hike, a 2,190 mile goal or a check on a bucket list, this is our journey. This is a journey to explore the depths of our beings, test new limits, and develop relationships and community among strangers that later become more personal than family itself. The trail culture offers not…

Chapter IV: The Good, the Wet, and the Smokies

The Wet One of the greatest challenges we have faced so far has been the unpredictable weather which has forced a new principle upon our everyday tasks; always prepare for rain! Lightning storms are an incredible act of nature and even more of an experience while hiking 5000 feet high on an exposed ridge line,…

Chapter III: What We Have Learned So Far…

Hitching into towns is one of the many aspects of the trail that has surprised us, in a good way. So far we have pleasingly been offered rides in and around towns. Most often we have been approached by locals asking if we need a ride, without even having our thumb out. In the town…

Chapter II: Trail Magic

On the third day of our adventure we encountered our first experience of the legendary trail magic. First, it was when we came to a gravel parking lot of Gooch Gap after trekking along the ridge in the (abruptly hot, humid day) where we were greeted with beer. Then at Woody Gap we had the…

Chapter I: The First Step

Today is THE day, March 18, 2017. The day we take the first physical step of this incredible journey. Today we no longer speak of hiking the Appalachian Trail in future tense, but present. That is our utmost goal of this experience is to be still and present. 

The First Shake Down Hike

A shake down hike is basically a practice run. A way to test gear and food out on the trail to better prepare for the real deal. It gives you an idea of what you will and will not need. It’s a good idea to make sure your sleeping gear will keep you warm when…

Job Posting: Entry-Level Hikers

Instead of seeking the “Entry Level” career path that is more traditional of recent graduates, we decided a good step towards our future is taking half a year off from the stress of the competitive business world. Our plan is to slow things down and take some time to experience the beauty of nature, the…