Anyone ever regret a thru hike??
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Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Anyone regret a thru hike? on 04/07/2013 20:49:17 MDT Print View

Jennifer,

I think you should do the PCT, then move out west. If you don't have a problem with finding a new job (and I agree that as a PT you don't) what's a summer out of your life? From several other posts I think you believe you need a life/location/priorities change, and if you are going to make one of those, the next life chapter can wait a few months. Don't know if you are a skier, but one line from lifetime ski bum Warren Miller's films has become a mantra for me since I left the rat race. He was referring to heliskiing but it could apply to any special trip, bucket list item, or other objective. "If you don't do it this year, you'll just be one year older when you do."

Cheers, Richard

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Anyone regret a thru hike? on 04/08/2013 08:04:36 MDT Print View

Thanks to all of you for the PCT inspiration...and to Richard for your repeated (and much appreciated!) nudging to relocate. I have a great plan now, I still can't find anything wrong with it, and I haven't been this excited in years.

Ill do the JMT in August, the pct in 2014, and end up in Portland (?) or some other environs (maybe after a summer on the pct ill be ready for a much smaller town!)

Anyone want to buy a kitchen table?

Bob Shaver
(rshaver) - F

Locale: West
do it! on 04/10/2013 09:48:44 MDT Print View

I did the JMT in the summer between my jr and senior years on college, so it was not a huge interruption in my career or schooling. That and my other trips in the Sierra were life changing for me. They made me think that backpacking and outdoors activities were a way of life, not a recreational activity.

After college I put all my worldly possessions in my Ford Falcon and drove to Washington state. Before leaving CA, I rode my bike around Lake Tahoe, and hiked in the Immigrant Wilderness. Day 3 in WA I climbed Mt. Rainier. I had $400 and 5 lbs of soy beans, and spent the summer doing week long hikes in Washington and Canada. After Rainier, the Enchantments, Holden Village to Darrington, Revelstoke, Cascade Pass and Sahale Pk. I went back to Wenatchee and found a job when I ran out of money.

I worked September thru June, then quit the job and did another 3 months hiking in Washington: the Olympics, Alpine Lakes, the Pickett Range, the Ptarmigan Travers in the North Cascades, and lots of time in the Enchantments and Stuart Range.

The next summer I also took off 3 months for hiking; ElDorado, the Ptarmigan again, Enchantments, Mt. Stuart, Rainier again, Rampart Ridge, Tuck and Robin Lake, and the upper Enchantments via Colchuck Lake many times (no permit required in those days). I saw more of Washington in those 3 summers than people who live there all their lives. It was probably a setback to any kind of career, but what I ended up doing is totally different than what I planned to do anyway.

I don't take the big chunks of time off now, with mortgage, business ownership, and kids in school, but I get out as much as possible, including at least one 9 day backpack. Now its with my son, so that is a huge bonus. Have a great trip!

Edited by rshaver on 04/10/2013 09:50:53 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Anyone regret a thru hike? on 04/10/2013 09:49:41 MDT Print View

"Anyone want to buy a kitchen table?"

Are you crazy! You just gonna eat off your lap on your hike? You need that thing!

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: Re: Anyone regret a thru hike? on 04/10/2013 11:06:18 MDT Print View

Yep... most carry the kitchen sink with them too.

Daniel Fish
(daniel@fishfamilypdx.com)

Locale: PDX
... on 04/10/2013 14:25:26 MDT Print View

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Edited by daniel@fishfamilypdx.com on 06/10/2013 09:27:12 MDT.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Here's a downside... on 04/10/2013 16:49:24 MDT Print View

How in the world am I supposed to work and concentrate on life and saving money NOW when I have a JMT and a PCT to look forward to??!!

It's a good thing my employers aren't on this forum, because heaven knows I ain't putting much energy into work lately; nor will I for the next several months. Ha!!

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Here's a downside... on 04/10/2013 17:01:02 MDT Print View

I am going to tell your Boss Jennifer ;-)

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Plan Ahead for No Downside on 04/10/2013 19:53:25 MDT Print View

I once saw a couple of mall security guards "escorting" an elderly man to the exit. The man asked out loud why he had to leave and the guards barked back that he was seen picking through the trash cans. Very, very sad.

Not saying that will happen to anyone here... but life is a balancing act. We all need to live a little -- but we also need to save up as well. Relying on social security won't make for a fun retirement --- even assuming there is still money for us. And we need to be realistic -- food and gas prices are always creeping up...

just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear)
Re: Plan Ahead for No Downside on 04/10/2013 22:58:57 MDT Print View

Edited on request

Edited by ArcturusBear on 04/10/2013 23:41:33 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Plan Ahead for No Downside on 04/10/2013 23:34:31 MDT Print View

Yeah, erase it.

Jennifer only wants to know if anyone regretted doing a thru hike. The biggest regret would be not going after your dreams.