It was a January day in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Claire Henley Miller was feeling particularly restless. The 25-year-old had spent too many months working a corporate job in a field she wasn't passionate about, and the 9-to-5 grind was wearing her down. She had moved to Tennessee from Colorado recently, and those few years spent surrounded by snow-capped peaks had left her obsessively thinking about the mountains and craving adventure.
"I was only 25, and I was absolutely miserable in my job," she said. "And one day I just thought to myself, You know what? I'm going to hike the Pacific Crest Trail."
That day after work, Claire went to the local bookstore, picked up a guidebook, and started making plans.