The Good, The Bad, and The Badass

A year ago today Kyle and I were standing on Springer Mt. about to start our five month adventure on the Appalachian Trail.  For a while now our goal for our year anniversary has been to post a video compiling all of our clips from our hike and we are happy to announce that we finished the video in time!  But before you watch it allow me to share with you some fun information about the video and what went into its making. Kyle and I knew, before we started hiking, that we wanted to attempt to make a video afterwards.  So we began filming before we left, during our road trip and then during the hike we actually took more video than pictures!  Not only did we hope to make a video after the hike but our clips acted as a form of entertainment whilst on trail.  Every few nights, after we had built up a few days of clips we would snuggle down in our sleeping bags and watch them, laughing at hard times or a particularly funny interview with ourselves. We took all sorts of videos: video of us hiking, our feet walking, hitching, making dinner, laughing in the tent, of beautiful views and terrible weather.  We took more video in the beginning than we did in the end, no doubt worn out and feeling like there was nothing new to capture with the camera.  Now of course, I realize that was a huge mistake.  I am always looking through our clips and wondering why we didn’t video this day or that place.  My biggest disappointment, by far, is that I managed to erase a magical piece of footage from our climb of Katahdin, the video we took as we approached the sign, seeing it for the first time with tears in our eyes.  But our card filled up and in a panic I accidentally deleted it (I swear I was hypothermic at that point). Since we have been back I have spent time organizing and compiling our clips, learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro and most recently, actually taking the time to put the movie together.  This is my first attempt at any sort of video editing and of course we weren’t using the most high-quality camera, but I hope you will enjoy it.  Also, if you are interested in hearing what we are saying you can check out the first episode of our podcast: Trail Fever.


Music by The Fruit Bats, Lemolo, Young Men Dead, and Radical Face.

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7 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad, and The Badass

  1. I love watching this video, I miss you guys so much. Can’t wait to see you in a few days

  2. Loved it! Not sure if the three hour version where we get to hear what you folks had to say along the way would be better, but I’d watch it to find out 🙂 Surprised to hear this is your first video effort as it is very well put together.

    1. Thank you! We are actually going to do a “behind the music” video as well, working on it now, that will let you hear more of what we said, it should turn out being significantly shorter though so you won’t have to watch a full three hours!

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