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Lisa "Peru" Karst
City: South Fork
State: CO
Country: United States
Begins: Jun 7, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Dec 9th, 2018

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 379
Journal Visits: 2,161
Guestbook Views: 47
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Anish Calendar Triple

Just reading comments on the Backpacker story of Anish's epic calendar year triple (https://twitter.com/BackpackerMag/status/1066151962255646720). A fantastic feat. I have also met her in person, at Karla Roquemore's house. Anish is 100% about the hiking. And what were the comments on the story? Mostly congrats and wows, but also skeptics and a few gee, she must be rich. Given the resume she already boasted, I believe every word of it, she is that hiker. And no, she is not rich, at least not so as anyone can see from her behavior. She is possibly the top hiker in the USA, so she has all the sponsorships she wants, including foods. People give her beds, meals, rides, etc whenever she shows up in town. She spends so much time hiking that I am sure she doesn't need to maintain a home and vehicle. She could couch surf with friends and trail angels indefinitely. What would she do with all those things most Americans piss away their money on? She has no use for all that. I don't know what she does for health insurance. Like many serious hikers, she may have none or just catastrophic.



Why post this? I cannot tell you how many section hikers I have met who said they could never thru hike because they are not rich. A thin excuse. If you want to do it, you will have to sacrifice about half a year's income or just quit your job. You will also have to amass about $ 5000, give or take, depending on the comfort level you can tolerate. If you have kids, you will probably not do it until the kids graduate, or you can take them with you. No blame there, just don't have kids if they aren't top of your list. If you are young and unattached, no big loss to sell all your crap, including the car, and quit that job that was going nowhere fast. Start from scratch in a year, maybe in a new place, with new friends, and a new direction. I started my hiking after failing at my previous life. Lost my husband, my career, and my house in one year. Good riddance to all of them. I had a level of freedom I hadn't experienced since childhood. Or even then, to be sure. Long distance hiking in those circumstances is no sacrifice. The people who want to keep their townie life AND thru hike? Yah, that is tough, impossible for some. But don't act like poor you because you have a life you have built up that you are unwilling to dismantle to go hike. You made your choices, be happy with your life or change it.

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Continental Divide Trail - 2019

The Continental Divide Trail is a national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada via New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. This unfinished trail can potentially span up to 3,100 miles. Learn more: www.continentaldividetrail.org

 

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