It took 163 days, eight pairs of hiking shoes, 400 Snickers bars and 22 jars of peanut butter to get Garrett and Landen Napier to their goal.
But on a cool day in late August, the 21-year-old identical twins from Boone County reached the summit of Maine’s Mount Katahdin, the northern end of the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. It had been a long walk.
They’d waded through snowdrifts in North Carolina, encountered bears in Virginia, hiked past rattlesnakes in Pennsylvania and picked their way through boulder jumbles in Vermont. They’d pushed onward through all of it, 15 miles a day, day after day after day, to complete a dream they’d harbored for more than half their young lives.
“We had always wanted to hike the AT, ever since we were about 10,” said Garrett…