Kelly Ann Baird

I was born and raised in good ole Lexington, North Carolina aka the Barbecue Capital of the World. Growing up I could either be found building leaf piles and forts in the backyard or the downtown swimming pool, which is where I spent the majority of my life. While, in high school I was fortunate enough to be a member of the United States of America’s swim team, and traveled to various countries to represent the U.S. Swimming eventually led me to The Ohio State University where I earned a degree in Zoology and was a captain for two varsity sports; one of which earned me a conference and national championship title.

After retiring from competitive sports, I returned to the one place I always found bliss: the great outdoors. While on my first backpacking adventure at the age of 23, I ran into a recently finished AT thru-hiker who instilled a burning desire within me to test my limits and deepen my passion for nature by submerging myself into the backpacking world. I began researching and experimenting with different brands of gear over the course of the next year and a half then finally decided on the decision to attempt a winter sobo thru-hike of the AT. My competitive background ignited within me and pushed me in the direction of the most challenging AT hike I could muster. Beginning this October, 2017 I will be attempting my first thru-hike beginning in Maine and hiking to Georgia, in the winter, alone, and with a dog. But that’s not all; almost immediately following that hike I will be attempting a thru-hike of the Sea-to-sea trail from Quebec to Washington State.

My novice long-distance backpacking experiences may shock a lot of people, but I welcome any and all challenges in life. I yearn to push myself and be an example to other outdoor connoisseurs to test their limits and pursue those crazy dreams we all have, but are too timid to make a reality. It only takes that one courageous individual to attempt the impossible and prove it is indeed achievable, and in doing so encourage even more trailblazers to do the same.


Appalachian Trail (attempting winter SOBO 2017)




Gravatar for Doyle Calhoun

Posted 06 May 2017 at 08:58 by Doyle Calhoun

Enjoy your new adventure.

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Posted 05 May 2017 at 22:27 by Cindy Hendrix

You can do anything you set your mind to do!! Our son Will is thru hiking now. He is living his dream. I am beyond excited for you. God’s peace be with you always. ⛺️

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