Wild is a story of catharsis, of going to the woods to find yourself, of how a long walk on the Pacific Crest Trail results in lifelong change.
Society expects men to go camping and tromping in the woods. But women are drawn to long distance hiking, too.
To commemorate the release of the movie, we collected interviews with women we know who’ve gone to the wild and found themselves changed by the experience, starting with my own story.
In my two decades of being a part of the hiking community, I learned that many of the women headed out to our National Scenic Trails wanted to re-invent themselves in some way. And I was among them.
If you’re curious about backpacking and long distance hiking and want to meet up with experienced women hikers to learn more about enjoying the outdoors, I highly recommend the Trail Dames, a national organization with regional chapters for women hikers and backpackers.