Channeling Wild: How 8 women were changed by their adventures

Posted January 9, 2015 | by Sue Kenney | in Camino | no responses Wild

Channeling Wild: How 8 women were changed by their adventures.

Few of us ever go on a journey as epic and transformative as Cheryl Strayed’s thousand-mile trekalong the Pacific Crest Trail (or score a multimillion-dollar book and movie deal!). Then again, her story, Wild, took flight because so many women identify with some small part of it. It turns out, if you ask around, there are many who've laced up their boots and set out into parts unknown, and have come away, if not transformed, at least more in touch with their true selves and what matters to them. "These two activities, hiking and travel, open your eyes to the beauty and diversity of the world, as well as recharge, rejuvenate and humble you," explains Tara Starr-Keddle, an accomplished adventurer who also works for hiking outfitter Mountain Travel Sobek. We talked to her and seven other inspiring women about what happened to their inner lives when they went outside of their comfort zones and onto trails—from three attempts at a grueling day-long summit to a few days hiking around Sicily. What you'll see is that the women who finished these journeys weren’t the same women who began them. —Ann Abel  (Photo: Reese Witherspoon is up for a Golden Globe for her role as Strayed in Wild.) They should have included a Camino pilgrim in this article by Well and Good.  

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