Release Date: December 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Screenwriter: Nick Hornby
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, W. Earl Brown, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin, Laura Dern, Keene McRae
MPAA Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language)
Official Websites: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/wild/, https://www.facebook.com/wildmovie2014
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
Very bummed to report, Eric’s PCT 2014 speed hike has come to an end. He set a distance and pace that was impressive in the early days, but due to the heat, pushing his personal limitations and his food and hydration system not working as hoped it broke his mental and physical state that is required to safely continue. His safety was always top priority and when cramps, excessive fatigue, dehydration and his body rejecting water, Cytomax replenishment or his food “goo” these were dangerous red flags. You don’t want to continue on into the desert under these conditions. He tried to slow and wait it through and recover on the trail, but his body was not on board with that idea. He is very disappointed that his training and preparation did not carry him through these early difficult days. From what I have seen, the PCT has already spoiled other hikers 2014 speed attempts as well and others did not even start the trip. It is serious business out there for certain. Eric and his family are very proud of his attempt and the inspiration this has brought to our family, the hiking community and the charity Project LIFE. None of this would even have been possible without all their support. Lots was learned to do and lots was learned what NOT to do and Eric will share this experience with others in hopes to help them avoid his mistakes and grow from his successes. This experience is not the end, it is the beginning of more hikes, more running, more exposure to the charity and basically inspiring everyone to think big, but in the end, be smart because making it safely back home is the ultimate goal.
Eric was dropped off at Campo this morning and he began his PCT speed hiking journey. With eyes full of tears and a heavy heart he bid farewell to his wife and kids. The excitement and preparation for this trip kicked in and he set off at 8:00 AM. His spirits were good, pack MUCH lighter than his trek last summer as “Hundy”. Good luck on day one Eric, may your first day be a good one…50 miles…Mt. Laguna…