‘Wild’ makes it to the big screen

By Trust for Public Land
Published December 29, 2014

‘Wild’ makes it to the big screen

Starring Reese Witherspoon, “Wild” is the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.  In the book, Strayed recounts her thousand-mile solo hike from Southern California to Washington State—as grueling an emotional challenge as a physical one.

We loved the book so much, it inspired a feature in Land&People magazine: in the spring/summer 2014 health-themed issue, we sent writer Andy Isaacson to speak with folks who’ve found their own outdoor cures—in places protected with help from Trust for Public Land supporters like you.

Read the full story here.

The film version of “Wild” features much of the spectacular scenery that’s made the Pacific Crest Trail famous—an incredibly diverse array of landscapes ranging from the stark expanse of Mojave Desert to the lush forests of the Cascades. Another striking visual? The “Monster”!

Scenes of Strayed struggling with her enormous pack at the start of her journey—then gaining strength and discarding extra baggage along the way—parallel her progress in shedding emotional burdens, too. 

Lightweight-gear geeks ourselves, we marveled at Strayed’s loyalty to her bulky library of trail books. It got us wondering: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever brought with you on a hike? What’s something you’d never leave without? What’s something you’ve learned to leave behind? Leave us a comment here—or tell us on Facebook!

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