The Swords

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!

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For Family and Friends: Our Thru-Hike Explained

For Family and Friends: Our Thru-Hike Explained

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

Feb 20, 2018 : The Swords
Five Things You’ll Learn on Your First Backpacking Trip

Five Things You’ll Learn on Your First Backpacking Trip

Some thru-hikers start their journey with zero experience in backpacking, and we're not far from being total newbs ourselves. We have always

Feb 1, 2018 : The Swords
Life On Pause: How We’re Preparing To Hike For Five Months

Life On Pause: How We’re Preparing To Hike For Five Months

We have finally announced our hike to all of our friends and family with this little video Nikki

Jan 16, 2018 : The Swords
Appalachian Trail Winter Gear List: Taylor’s Pack

Appalachian Trail Winter Gear List: Taylor’s Pack

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

Jan 6, 2018 : The Swords
Appalachian Trail Winter Gear List: Nikki’s Pack

Appalachian Trail Winter Gear List: Nikki’s Pack

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

Jan 6, 2018 : The Swords
Our First Taste of the Appalachian Trail: Visiting Grayson Highlands

Our First Taste of the Appalachian Trail: Visiting Grayson Highlands

The emotions were overwhelming that day: excitement, anticipation, fear, uncertainty. We were going to see a part of the Appalachian Trail that a

Dec 27, 2017 : The Swords