13 responses

  1. Tattoo
    March 1, 2013

    Great information. Now how do I convince my wife…?

    • Earlylite
      March 1, 2013

      or husband….

  2. Mark
    March 1, 2013

    Yes, but unfortunately not all hiring managers are really into hiking… :-)

    • Earlylite
      March 1, 2013

      I took the much the same approach with veterans too. But if the hiring manager isn’t into ADVENTURE, you probably don’t want to work there anyway.

      • Mauriksd
        March 1, 2013

        Now I really have to convince wife….

  3. JZ
    March 1, 2013

    This is a really timely post – there’s a thread going around on the PCT-L about this topic. I handed in my resignation letter this Monday and the company came back with an offer of extended leave. Even though I had inquired with them about this option multiple times over the last few years (to a very cool response), when I showed that I was willing to resign in order to hike they found a way to keep me on. I work for a large company so I know this won’t be possible for a lot of folks, but I guess my point is that you might be surprised about how employment opportunities are influenced by a thru-hike!

    • Earlylite
      March 1, 2013

      I hear this same story over and over. Sounds like you work for the right people. Have a great hike!

  4. Tim Laurence
    March 1, 2013

    I also quit my job to hike the AT in 2007 with no ill effect. I think of it in terms of this; in senior years I will look back I will feel more proud of taking the risk to hike than I would knowing I didn’t miss a day at work.

    One additional detail is it is highly dependent on the work you do. If the president took a year off to do the AT I suspect it would not help his carer any. Those working hard to find (or rare jobs) or those that are hard to keep probably going to make the decision tougher.

  5. Grandpa
    March 1, 2013

    No man ever lay on his deathbed wishing he’d spent more time…

    …at the office!

  6. Guthook
    March 3, 2013

    I also hear this advice pretty often, and it seems heartening. On the other hand, I wonder if multiple through-hikes over time have quite the same effect. I need to find more hiring managers like you, Phil. Or maybe it’s just that I haven’t found the right kinds of jobs to pursue just yet…

  7. Samuel Savard
    March 7, 2013

    I agree, and thaks for giving me some hope… but I find that my “aversion to highly structured tasks or environments” is not necessarily appreciated by my superiors in general…

  8. Ash Barker
    October 9, 2013

    Certain industries will be more open to this than others. Caveat Emptor in taking this advice. If you work in a Union job you may not get a lot of sympathy from your rep. Likewise, if you’re in an institutionalized business (Banks, Law Firms, Government) or any industry that is highly structured… they may look down on the cogs displaying wanderlust.

    Basically, some industries are inherently more structured than others (or conversely, less dynamic). I would consider my situation carefully. If you’re in a field that allows you positions in many industries you may be more mobile or flexible than in others that require linear progress. No one wants to find themselves back on the ground floor after a thru hike. Or maybe you do.

    Just like trek planning, gear lightening or house building…. measure twice and cut once. :)

  9. Ken Kelley
    June 3, 2014

    How old are you? Stories of grandeur and accomplishment are no so, mesmerizing, after 50-yeah 50.

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