Liza H's Reviews > Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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Apr 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: kindle, done
Read in June, 2012

I liked this book because I like the idea of what she did: an extreme, long-distance, mostly-alone hike through hard terrain and the Unknown to test her own strength (mental and physical). I admire her for doing that much, and as a fellow tender-footed person, I could feel the agony of the foot troubles she had along the way.
She went on this quest for as good a reason as any; to center herself after making a mess of her own life, to deal finally with the loss of her cherished mother, and, really, to "grow up". I was scared for her a few times (the not-so-trustworthy men she encountered) and I'm very glad she came through it all okay. And, tangentially, I'm furious that we live in a world where a woman who is hiking alone has to be scared of encounters like this.
Living in the Midwest as I do, I hadn't even realized there was such a thing as the PCT. Now I'm intrigued, and while I doubt I'll ever have the chance to test myself on it, it's now something I'll no doubt dream about.

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