Which Hiking Movie Will Be Popular–Bryson’s Appalachian Trail Movie or Strayed’s Pacific Crest Trail One

Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail | 0 comments


I am happy to report to those of you of ‘outdoor ilk’ that the rumors you have heard are not, in fact, rumors. Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, Wild–From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ is in fact now a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. It will be widely available to the public during the upcoming holiday season.

Better yet, the film you have been hearing about for ten years that never was a film, A Walk in the Woods, based on Bill Bryson’s Appalachian Trail memoir, is in fact now a film. It will debut at the Sundance Film Festival early in the New Year.

Which film will likely be most popular? Good question. If you put a gun to my head, I’d best on A Walk in the Woods for two reasons. First, it’s the AT, America’s great trail of the masses. Yes, the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) has made great strides in terms of developing its own trail community. But it will never be as popular as the AT for reasons of simple geography.

The second reason is that the AT film stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Yes, they are both getting  a little long in the tooth. But they are still two of the all-time favorites. But let’s see. It’s nothing but good news for us hikers that both films will be out soon.

Bill Walker is the author of several popular hiking books, including Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail and Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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