From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Book - 2012
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Traces the personal crisis the author endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307592736
Branch Call Number: B STRAYED
Characteristics: 315 p. : map ; 24 cm


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Love or hate Cheryl Strayed, this is a fascinating account of what NOT to do in the wild.

A huge bestseller about a woman's physical and mental journey on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Strayed recounts her 1,100-mile solo hike while grieving her mother's death.

ArapahoeStaff15 May 24, 2017

A good read for anyone who loves hiking or has ever felt a little lost in life. Strayed recounts her attempt to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail through a series of narrative anecdotes and personal recollections.

ArapahoeFelicia Aug 17, 2016

I thought this book was ok. The journey as a whole that the author endured was interesting, but reading about her days on the PCT became a bit boring to me and I had to force myself to finish. This may be because I watched the movie before completing the book, but I fast-forwarded through most of... Read More »

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Oct 11, 2020

I loved this book! It made me really proud to be a woman! I found Cheryl to be a brave, young girl trying to find herself after her mother died and after a divorce. It was her journey alone through a trail from California to Oregon. However she did it, SHE DID! I really was thinking it was impossible. I was so proud of her when she did. The journey brought me with her and I really felt for her. It was an easy read and I just couldn't put it down! This book made me think about the struggles that a women in her 20's go through-how many women don't find that and get caught in the dogma of going to college, trying to find a job, land a career, etc. This novel makes you think about what YOU want to strive for and how you want to conquer something that can make a difference for YOU.

Oct 04, 2020

Cheryl Strayed was a brave young woman to have undertaken this journey. Her persistence to complete what she started is to be admired due to many mishaps along the way. She is transformed in so many ways by the time she reaches the end of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Apr 17, 2020

Everyone has a different view of a book - I was very disappointed in Wild. It had vulgar language and sex. This is definitely not a book for teens. The best I can say about it was the hiking parts were ok, but the rest of it was not.

Apr 01, 2020

Absolutely and highly recommend this book. It takes you through the journey of hiking the PCT and the struggles that come along with it. This is also a great book for anyone who is grieving a loved one. The writing and way the stories were told gutted me. (as in the authors words.)

Mar 24, 2020

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Jan 26, 2020

One of the rare cases where the film is way better than the book. I found the author's self-absorption bordering on the pathological and didn't enjoy the writing.

Jan 21, 2020

Long-winded and self-righteous... a reminder of generations of people not of color crusading into other cultural appropriations...

Nov 03, 2019


Jul 04, 2019

Finally read this book after learning of it in college. What a great read.
Cheryl really manages to pull you into her story, letting you feel the emotions and the encounters that she faced during her trek on the PCT, but still leaves you wanting for adventure.
This book is going to be a good read for anyone who has an adventurers heart or who is looking a novel about self discovery.

Apr 11, 2019

Read this book over a year ago and loved every word of it. As a long-distance hiker myself I ate, drank, and slept with the same hiker turmoil as she describes.
Best part of the book AND the movie: the bitter scream when the boot went over the edge of the ridge, then she threw over the other boot. I feel her pain. I felt/feel the same desertion in my mother's passing in 2008.
I was so relieved the author was able to pull her life together.

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JCLHelenH Apr 21, 2020

". . . no one laughed. No one would. The universe, I'd learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never ever give it back."

Jul 22, 2015

Perhaps by now I'd come far enough that I had the guts to be afraid.

Jul 01, 2015

"My boot was gone. Actually gone. I clutched its mate to my chest like a baby, though of course it was futile. What is one boot without the other boot? It is nothing. It is useless, an orphan forevermore, and I could take no mercy on it... I lifted it high and threw it with all my might and watched it fall into the lush trees and out of my life."

May 25, 2014

I walked until walking became unbearable, until I believed I couldn't walk even one more step. And then I ran.

Jul 09, 2013

Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something. That perhaps being amidst the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I too could be undesecrated, regardless of what I’d lost or what had been taken from me, regardless of the regrettable things I’d done to others or myself or the regrettable things that had been done to me. Of all the things I’d been skeptical about, I didn’t feel skeptical about this: the wilderness had a clarity that included me.

May 31, 2013

I don't know how living outdoors and sleeping on the ground in a tent each night and walking alone through the wilderness all day almost every day had come to feel like my normal life, but it had...and something inside of me released.

btmslt Apr 03, 2013


Jul 31, 2012

I felt fierce and humble and gathered up inside, like I was safe in this world.


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Jul 01, 2015

This memoir by Cheryl Strayed tells of her decision to hike a large portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone, following the death of her mother. The book details the events surrounding her decision to hike the trail, and the resulting struggles and triumphs of her journey.


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