Code is just cool. I know it's not required but, with some of the old guard, no code hams are worthless. I didn't want to see any of that old story. I've been wanting to learn since I first got licensed and have really only recently started getting serious about it. My main interest is portable QRP so code makes the most sense. I'm also a hiker so most of my goal locations are on top of mountains miles away from access points. I want to both through hike the Appalachian trail and to make at least one contact from every shelter on the trail. It might take longer but I think it will be fun.