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Power Hiking Skyline

Postby Wildhorse » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:22 pm

Just wondering: how common is power hiking on Skyline?

An article in WSJ online today tells the story of a champion power hiker. She is a Harvard grad who gave up the business world for power hiking big mountains.

Another article says that as women are achieving much more academically than men today, women who want an equally high achieving mate are facing a troubling shortage of suitable men. (Incidentally, the Harvard power hike is married. I think her husband drives the van.)

Skyline is an achievement kind of hike. The mix of meritocracy and anxiety over inequality in the U.S. are found on Skyline, and in the life of the power hiker from Harvard and in mating.

I suspect Skyline is way too easy for the Harvard power hiker, but, for mortals, power hiking could be a good way up from the museum to Long Valley.
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Re: Power Hiking Skyline

Postby Ed » Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:19 pm

Yes, she quit her job and became a full-time 'power hiker'. Does kind of give you an advantage.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/shell-be-running-up-the-mountain-when-she-runs-11570363200
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Re: Power Hiking Skyline

Postby RichardK » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:42 am

I didn't know that there was enough money in power hiking that you could quit your job.
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Re: Power Hiking Skyline

Postby backpackpack » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:20 pm

Could she have, while working 80 hours a week, managed to save and invest enough money to become a power hiker for the rest of her life?

There's almost always some financial angle people have. People that "quit the rat race" and decide to sail around the world, or power hike around the world, or whatever, usually somehow acquired a large chunk of money to sustain them. Inheritance, usually. Luck, otherwise. But they like to hide that so people buy their books, believing they will divulge their secret method of quitting work and living the rest of your life traveling around the world.
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Re: Power Hiking Skyline

Postby cynthia23 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:15 pm

Yes, the commercialization of wilderness exploration is a depressing reality--or rather, people commercializing their experiences into a certain kind of saleable sound bite experience heavy on the inspirational and ignoring the $ reality. You can't train that heavily and work a normal forty hour work week.
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Re: Power Hiking Skyline

Postby Perry » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:10 am

It won't let me read the article, but it appears that this thread has more financial insight than the Wall Street Journal, at least on this topic.
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Re: Power Hiking Skyline

Postby Wildhorse » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:36 am

Her name is Sunny Stroeer. Her story has been told now in many online publications, including some things about her finances.

The story told is basically that of an escape. Like Cynthia and others have surmised here, $ matter in multiple ways in her story. It is hard to say how much of the story has been told and how much is hidden.

Hopefully someday she will escape those $ things, and the compulsion to achieve. Just hike and disappear in the wilderness.
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