Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine seems like a fresh-air dream to many, but who has the time or resources?
A Virginia brewery wants to make that dream come true for one lucky outdoorsman (or woman). Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co. will select a single “Chief Hiking Officer,” who will be paid $20,000 to hike the Appalachian for five to seven months and drink free beer along the way.
There are only a few qualifications to be considered for the gig. Applicants have to “love hiking and beer,” and have some experience with social media or vlogging, as the person who wins the job will be expected to document their travels for the company’s online outlets.
The Lexington-based beer company will fly out the eventual Chief Hiking Officer to the head of the trail in May of 2021, where he or she will begin the 2,200-mile hike. The journey will likely last until September of that year.
The hiker will be given all the requisite equipment by Devil’s Backbone and will be treated to “some big ol’ beer parties along the way,” whatever that means.
To apply, head to the company’s website, where you’ll be asked for some personal information, proof of social media savvy, and a video where you’ll explain why you’re the perfect candidate for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
From the initial applications, Devil’s Backbone will choose a handful of qualified contenders to participate in an interview and an additional assignment to prove readiness for the challenge.