Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail book description: Wild is Cheryl Strayed’s first-person memoir of her 1,100-mile (1,800 km) hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to the border with Washington State, and contains flashbacks to prior life occurrences that led her to begin her mountain-climbing journey.
Strayed had been devastated by her mother’s death when she was 22 years old. Her stepfather disengaged from Strayed’s family, and her brother and sister remained distant. Strayed became involved in heroin use, and eventually she and her husband divorced. Seeking self-discovery and resolution of her enduring grief and personal challenges, at age 26, Strayed set out alone, on her 1,100-mile journey, having no prior backpacking experience. Wild intertwines the stories of Strayed’s life before and during the journey, describing her physical challenges and spiritual realizations while on the trail.