September 22, 2012 · 8:00 AM
Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2012: At age 26, following the death of her mother, divorce, and a run of reckless behavior, Cheryl Strayed found herself alone near the foot of the Pacific Crest Trail--inexperienced, over-equipped, and desperate to reclaim her life. Wild tracks Strayed's personal journey on the PCT through California and Oregon, as she comes to terms with devastating loss and her unpredictable reactions to it. While readers looking for adventure or a naturalist's perspective may be distracted by the emotional odyssey at the core of the story, Wild vividly describes the grueling life of the long-distance hiker, the ubiquitous perils of the PCT, and its peculiar community of wanderers. Others may find her unsympathetic--just one victim of her own questionable choices. But Strayed doesn't want sympathy, and her confident prose stands on its own, deftly pulling both threads into a story that inhabits a unique riparian zone between wilderness tale and personal-redemption memoir. --Jon Foro
Hike: Horseshoe / Frazer Meadow
Length: 3.6 total miles Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: Out-and-back Skill Level: Easy to moderate Season: Bloom is June to August Top Elevation: 9,080 feet
More information available at: http://www.rei.com/guidepost/detail/colorado/hiking/horseshoe-trail-to-frazer-meadow/11086
We will meet at the back of Vic's on Broadway and carpool to the trailhead.