As you may have seen recently on the the blog, this month launches the Live Sigma Kappa Book Club, with the first pick being Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I read this memoir earlier this year and enjoyed it for many reasons. One big draw for me was the way the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) acts as one of the main characters.

I’ve loved the West Coast all of my life- my parents are from there and I have many fond memories of visiting extended family all over California, Oregon and Washington. When I first picked up the book, I had little knowledge of the PCT, but gained a much better understanding and appreciation of this beautiful, yet brutal part of the country. While I’m not a hiker, I was definitely inspired to hopefully someday explore the wilderness near places familiar to me like San Bernardino, Lake Tahoe, Ashland, Bend, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Ellensburg.

A recent article in the New York Times confirmed that I’m not the only one who was inspired to travel to the PCT by Wild. The trail has seen an uptick in visitors, including ones attempting to traverse all 2,650 miles. While that is way out of my league, I shared similar sentiments to those interviewed for the article. The book has inspired me to explore maybe a smaller part of the trail and experience some travel that is way out of my comfort zone. To remember that challenge can be part of growth. Now just to plan the trip!

I’m glad Strayed’s love and reverence for the PCT shines through in Wild and has encouraged many to explore. I hope everyone who participates in the book club enjoys the experience and feels a bit of inspiration themselves, in whatever form that may be.

For more accounts of PCT experiences, Pathgryndr and Tell It On The Mountain are great resources and supplements to Wild. Happy reading and traveling!

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2 Responses to Falling in Love with the Pacific Crest Trail

  1. Hi Alisa! We would love you to join us for the book club discussion!

  2. Teri Centner Teri Centner says:

    Since I’m an East Coast girl, I’ve always heard about the Appalachian Trail. I was surprised to learn that there’s a West Coast trail that’s even longer than the AT. (And now I also know that there’s a Continental Divide Trail too.)

    I’m not much of a camper, but I do like hiking one day at a time, so I’m excited to read this book and live vicariously through Cheryl Strayed.

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