Who want’s to expose themselves to mountain lions, bears, Poodle Dog Brush, heat stroke, dehydration, corneal flash burns, extreme snowfalls, raging creeks, falling off a mountain and a higher risk of dying?
The people who do these long, multi month hikes are called “Thru Hikers”. You can read about them on the net and in books like ‘Wild”, “A Walk in the Woods” and “Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart”. They admit to the dangers. There are others.
He asked me to if I was interested in joining him. I can’t imagine spending months away from my wife and home. Also, since I’m 73, have an artificial aortic heart valve and have limits of my discomfort, I declined.
I will also admit that I don’t understand what there is about thru hiking. He and I have hiked 30 miles with 35 pound packs on our back, climbed 14,000 ft mountains, woke up to sub-freezing temperatures, and dug our share of cat holes. I even tolerated a mountain goat a few feet away watching, waiting for me to finish.