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[pct-l] Time off for long distance hikesRe:

Many of the long distance hikers I met out on the trail were at some
transition point in their lives. Many were either recently done with
school or taking a break before grad school. Others were recently
divorced or had quit jobs in order to go. Ultimately, it just has to be
important enough to _you_ to take the time out of the rest of your life to
go hike.

I was lucky in that I was able to get a leave-of-absence to do my
thru-hike. Like most employers, they acted like it would be the end of the
world if I was gone for more than a few weeks much less multiple months. I
told my boss that I really wanted to do this and _had_ to go. Strangely
enough, things hadn't fallen apart without me. 

If you're dreaming of a long distance hike somewhere, find a way to make
it possible and just go. Life is too short not to strive towards those
things that make you happy.


Karl Brandt                                            

On Sat, 15 Sep 2001 "Brian Davis" <DJBrianAZ@home.com> wrote:

> I've been on this list for a few months now and look forward to reading
> everybody's posts.  I am planning on doing a PCT thru hike in 2004.  Right
> now I am attending school and working full time.  In 2004 I will be quitting
> my current job to do a career change and that will probably be the only
> chance I get to do the PCT.  My question is;  I read about everyone here on
> this list and other places doing the PCT, AT or triple crown or various
> segments many times and just plain spending alot of time on the trail (I'm
> jealous).  How are you able to get that much time off.  Are many of you
> self-employed.  I really want to be able to spend more time on the trail
> (and eventually be a part of the PCT family) but can you give me some
> suggestions on how you schedule hikes from your "daily grind".  Right now I
> am only able to do weekend hikes here and there but hiking is what makes me
> happy.  Unfortunately, I can't make a living hiking (although I would be the
> first to sign up for a hiking degree if you could).
> Thanks
> Brian Davis
> Phoenix, AZ