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Trekking the Pacific Crest Trail

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At just 26 years old, Cheryl Strayed was undone by a series of setbacks: her mother’s death, the break-up of her marriage, and the fragmenting of her family.

In the midst of her turmoil she made a decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail by herself, with no previous wilderness training or experience.

Her new book “Wild” is the story of her 1,100 mile trek from the Mohave Desert to Washington State and how she put her life together while hiking the trail step by step.

She started from Mohave with a backpack so heavy she called it “Monster” and as she lightened her load so did she transform herself. She confronted snowstorms and rattlesnakes while facing her own psychological wilderness and emerged from the trail blistered and bruised but stronger and with a new sense of self.

Have you ever challenged yourself physically and come away from the experience emotionally transformed?


Cheryl Strayed, author of “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” (Random House)

Excerpt from Wild