Precautionary thoughts of harm and danger tend to keep a lot of people out of the wild. Influenced by medias interpretation of what the wild is. They make it seem dangerous, scary, and inevitably deadly.
In some ways I thank the media for making it seem this way and in other ways I don’t. The scarier they make it seem the less people will be out in it. Although a less crowded forest is a wonderful thought but at the same time its also a very selfish thought. Why try and keep something to ourselves that we have found so wonderful to be? Its a balancing act between accessibility and certainly scenery. The more accessible something amazing the more people are likely to go.
One thing that has been really firing me up for a few years, is the book wild. Now Reese Witherspoon will attempt to ruin the pct by acting as the “wild” woman. Bringing attention to an already growing trail unto which more people is not necessary. I expect the amount of novice hikers to rise with the release of the film along with the amount of rescues that are bound to come with the noobs. Just look at the slot canyon that was portrayed in the movie 127 hrs. The amount of rescues rose significantly with the release of the film. As bad as it sounds I really hope the film flops so that we don’t have a bunch of noobs getting rescued and prechance dieing on the trail.