How to Prepare for Your Thru-Hike at the Office
As you wait out the dreary winter, staring longingly at the start date marked on your calendar, sitting at a desk might feel like an extreme test of patience. But don’t despair – these are some tips and tricks to bring your office space and your head space closer together:
Isometrics are a great way to strengthen your body while at work. You can practice them with a single finger as you scroll through beautiful pictures of the trail on Facebook, with your hands as you grip the desk in frustration, or with your facial muscles as you struggle to conceal the bulging vein in your forehead.
To get used to a thru-hiking diet, try eating all of the food in the company fridge in one sitting. Bonus points if any of it has gone bad.
To get the feel of a hostel shower, start showering in the company locker room using Dr. Bronners and a camp towel. If you don’t have a company locker room, you can huddle naked under a garden hose outside your office, creating an even more authentic vibe.
Stay hydrated with a water bottle at your desk and practice filtering by sourcing your water from the toilets in the men’s room. Your coworkers will be impressed by your survival skills.
5) Shakedown hikes
Most office printers are roughly the weight of your gear, plus water and food for five days. Start carrying the office printer inside your pack as you walk around the office, go up stairs, or run away from angry colleagues who want to print something.
6) Test your gear
A great way to test your alcohol stove and your tent at the same time is to set both up underneath an office sprinkler.
7) More exercise
For added daily exercise, be creative and volunteer to do office ‘trail work’ – cleaning up loose papers, making sure the hallways are free of impediments, or knocking down the fourth wall of the conference room to create a three-walled shelter.
8) Lighten the load
You’ll want to hone your ultra-light mindset, so eliminate any unnecessary material from your workspace by throwing out all your pen caps, sawing the legs off your desk, and draining the liquid out of your LCD monitor.
Trail hygiene is difficult to master while still in the office. Make a note of which potted plants are deep enough to sustain a proper cat hole.
10) Trail culture
To get used to trail names, give all of your co-workers ‘office names’ like ‘shy pooper’, ‘obvious spanx’, or ‘pervert Bob’.
11) Sharpen your skills
Practice your knots by tying a clothesline across your cubicle. If this is tolerated, try tying up your hammock and throwing a proper bear bag over the lighting fixtures.
Gather tree nuts outside your office before the morning landscaping crews arrive. Treat them as you would treat a marauding bear trying to get your food.
13) Practice makes perfect
Practice summiting Katahdin by going to the top floor of your building and standing atop your CEO’s desk with your arms raised in a V. Be sure to get the proper permits for this and find out what sort of alcohol regulations exist before spraying champagne in their office.
If you’ve successfully completed several of the items on this list then congratulations! You’ve been fired, which means you’re eligible to hike the Appalachian Trail. Remember to leave no trace by reformatting your hard drive before you leave!
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Super cute and fun post. Thanks!
That was hilarious!!
Thank you. TOOOO funny :0) Enjoy your continued journey.
I am going to have to give these a try…
I laughed like a three year old laughs at farts. Good job!
I just now read this from the “comfort” of my cubicle chair. Cracking me up!!