This is a site about two kids setting off on an adventure. It's about dreaming and then getting this crazy idea that the dream could be made real. Our dream (one of them) is to hike the full length of the Appalachian Trail, and this site revolves around our planning and adventuring both leading up to and during that hike. To read more about our story, check out our blog by clicking the tab in the left menu.
What is the Appalachian Trail?
Crown hiking trails, spanning about 2,184 miles when taken on foot. Running between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Katahdin in Maine, the trail crosses 14 states and varies in elevation from 124 to 6,625
feet. The vast majority of those who venture to the trail hike a piece of it, but each year around 2,000 hearty souls aim to hike the trail in its entirety--an endeavor termed a 'thru-hike.' It is estimated that 20-25% of people who attempt a thru-hike are successful.
Who are we?
Jess was born and raised in the Chicago 'burbs before moving to Colorado to get her undergrad in Biology Education. She will be starting the AT after her second year of teaching high school science in the beautiful (if very snowy) Rocky Mountains. In high school she traveled to Germany through her school's exchange program (despite not knowing a lick of German beyond gesundheit) and in college she studied abroad at the University of Otago in New Zealand (despite never reading Tolkien ;). She has the level of hiking/backpacking experience that would suggest an AT thru-hike may be nuts.
Also... most of this site is written in her voice, so you know who to blame for the corny jokes :)
Andy was born and raised in the little town of Longmont, Colorado about 40 minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park. Currently working on a Bachelor's in Forestry and Natural Resources, he spends most of his free time on the trails. In 2010 he solo-hiked to the Colorado River and back from the south rim of the Grand Canyon in a single day. Approximately 18 miles, with 2 miles of elevation change, it was the biggest (and most beautiful) hiking challenge he has faced so far. The Appalachian Trail is the opportunity to get from where he's been to where he's going.