Cheryl Strayed was 26-years-old when she decided to hike 1100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. She had no backpacking experience, and she was still reeling from her mother’s sudden death four years earlier. Strayed writes about her experience on the trail in her new memoir Wild. The book chronicles her 100-day hike and the parts of her past she visits in her mind while she’s walking. She stays true to the messy nature of nonfiction and doesn’t try to tie things up with a neat little bow, or claim the epic journey solved all her problems.
Strayed formed some close friendships on the trail, which speaks to the camaraderie of thru-hikers (those who hike long sections of the PCT or another wilderness trail). OPB spoke to some Oregonians as they were about to embark on a similar adventure:
Some pictures from Cheryl Strayed at Literary Arts
Have you hiked the Pacific Crest Trail or gone on a similar wilderness adventure? What did it mean to you? How did it change you?