A journey of a thousand miles
may begin with one foot step
But it would be accomplished a helluva lot faster
In a jet plane or car.
As much as I'm an idealist, I'd prefer to cut through the crap and get things done quicker. Thats why I never really enjoyed hiking to some high mountain top - unless there was some hope of reaching a nice hot clean spa - at the end of the day's hike - that could be enjoyed with a happy group of friends.
As for character building - couldn't be done on your own time?