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Get Paid $20,000 to Drink Beer and Hike the Appalachian Trail

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by Eben Diskin Jun 1, 2020

Among ways to spend your summer, getting paid to hike the Appalachian Trail and drink beer is up there. Virginia-based Devils Backbone Brewing Company is looking to pay someone to serve as Chief Hiking Officer (CHO), which entails drinking beer while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

The CHO will be paid $20,000 to hike through 14 states along the Appalachian Trail next spring. Their responsibilities will include hiking the trail from Georgia to Maine and sharing views from the trail on social media, all while enjoying Devil’s Backbone beer.

To qualify for the position, you must love hiking and beer, be capable of hiking 2,200 miles, and be at least 21 years old. And your efforts certainly won’t go unrewarded. In addition to $20,000, your backpacking gear will be paid for, you’ll get to assist with “product research” (i.e. drink free beer), and you’ll receive a variety of Devils Backbone merchandise.

To apply, fill out the form on the Devils Backbone website, explaining why you’re passionate about hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2021. Applications are open through July 31, 2020. If chosen, you’ll have quite some time to prepare, as the position doesn’t start until next spring.

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