Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild–From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ Makes Her a Hero to A Certain Type of Woman
“Did you hear?” a hiker friend from the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) asked me. “The number of people at the Kickoff was almost double. And the number of women tripled.”
Folks, can we all agree that’s good news! And please don’t read too much into it! Just a quick synopsis: the number of women on America’s other great footpath, the Appalachian Trail,
has increased to approximately half the hiker population. But the Pacific Crest Trail–until recently–was nowhere near that. But it is changing. Why?
It’s hard to escape the conclusion that the credit belongs to Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild–From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Apparently she has become a hero to
a certain type of woman–not the traditional woman let’s say, but rather a more adventurous type with a few scars to show for it. This is great news for the simple reason that most
hikers who walk the Pacific Crest Trail find it to be the journey of their lifetimes.
Bill Walker is the author of several popular hiking books, including Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trial, The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago, and Getting High–The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.