However at that time I had very few backpacking experience. Moreover I had no experience in lightweight backpacking. And I had no clue about the PCT, few money, bad gear etc. I think my mail from that time shows best what type of hiker I was… However gladly, I didn’t do it.
I discovered how few I knew about the PCT and lightweight backpacking and planned to use the next X years to get into it. During that year I followed Carsten Jost doing the PCT. In 2009 I joined a talk he gave about ultralight backpacking and asked him all the questions I had regarding the PCT. I don’t know if it was the beer from Ingo or the wine from Barbara but somewhere deep during the night following Carstens tales the "if" formed into a "have to/when" and the decision to do it before my 30th birthday. Since then the idea grew bigger and bigger. In the beginning of 2011 I finished my apprenticeship, which would have been a good time to do the PCT. However I loved (and still do!) my job as software developer and wanted to use the next years to gather money and enjoy the life as employee. But I couldn’t get the PCT out of my head. Therefore somewhere in July 2011 I decided to work for 2 years and do the PCT in 2013.
One final word on the question "Why?". I think a sentence from Yogis guidebook gives the best answer to it: "If you have to ask, you will never understand."