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  1. Introduction
  2. Cheryl Strayed' memoir ?Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail?
  3. The Better Face of Unpreparedness
  4. Analysis
  5. Conclusion

Cheryl Strayed' memoir ?Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail? reveals her extraordinary experience regarding her trek through the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) when she was twenty-six years old. All this was to rediscover herself from the self-destructive life that had tormented her for four years, since her mother dead. The journey of over one thousand miles was arduous because the trail passes ?through deserts and mountains and rain forests; across rivers and highways? (Strayed, 4). PCT is a treacherous footpath that connects Mexico and Canada and goes through the mountain ranges of Cascade and mountain rim of Sierra Nevada. Though, usually, well preparation should be a critical key that determined the success of the hard journey, Cheryl was not prepared well. However, she survived the harsh and adverse condition of the PCT wild. In fact, Cheryl's unpreparedness, such as taking PCT lightly, lack of basic training and drill, and lack of funds, turned out to be advantageous for the success in the journey. In addition, the journey helped her to complete the self-reconstruction and piercing back her life that seemed to have melted down.

Without hesitation, Cheryl made the decision for a great journey through the Pacific Crest Trail. This fact was the first evidence that Cheryl took an advantage of unpreparedness. According to her narration, the hiking on PCT was a ?flip decision to do it? without careful research and consideration (Strayed, 9).

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