From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
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A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.
Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I too am a solo, female pct hiker. I went to the trail to escape and instead found myself. The trail was marriage and grief counselor, solitude and companion. I enjoyed another account of self-discovery like my own experience. May all who seek the healing power of the wilderness find what they are looking for.
I am neither a hiker nor a real active person but I truly enjoyed this story. I love memoirs with a happy ending and ones that take reader on a journey from childhood acceptance into reality. I admire your courage and tenacity to hike the pct. thank you
I was a bit worried this was going to be a type of hikers "how to" but it was not. From the first couple of pages I was drawn in and found myself tearing up after the first couple of chapters. This book gave me empowerment to do anything, and through life's struggles we grow in different ways. The author's voice is not afraid to say it how it is.