Hiking Gear to go ‘Wild’ For

By Amanda Festa 

Cheryl Strayed documented her 1,100 mile solo hike in her memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.  When she completed her epic trek, she was not a long distance hiker, but she did her research at the outdoor store REI, compiling a list of supplies a page long that she recounts for readers as she fills her pack in a hotel room prior to the beginning of her trip.  She is in awe of the REI employees who “could talk about gear, with interest and nuance, for a length of time that was so dumbfounding that [she] was ultimately bedazzled by it.” Strayed, an ama...

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