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Oregon Resort to Offer Guests a ‘Wild’ Experience

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Special travel package promises a chance to “get in touch with nature just as Cheryl Strayed did”—spa treatment and all


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As a magazine editor, I receive hundreds of email press releases each week. Of those, only a handful is typically relevant to Trail Runner’s readership—most are filled with NFL stats, announcements of oil-company CEO transitions, or invitations to new Panera Bread locations’ grand openings.

This week, my favorite press release was from Oregon’s The Resort at the Mountain, announcing a new offer for guests: the chance to “get in touch with nature just as Cheryl Strayed did,” by purchasing a travel package themed after Strayed’s bestselling Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, her memoir on attempting to thru-hike the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail [PCT].

The “Wild About Mt. Hood” travel package offers a self-guided PCT day hike (based upon individual experience level and arranged by the resort’s Nature Concierge), followed by a “Mountain Spirit” Swedish-style massage, a cocktail of choice at the resort’s lounge to “celebrate the adventure,” and, of course, an overnight stay at the resort—complete with memory-foam bedding, luxury linens, 42-inch wall-mounted HDTV, wet bar, high-speed Wi-Fi, plush terry bath robes and, for those who pay a little extra, primo views of the resort’s golf course.

“We really wanted to create a package that would offer fans the whole ‘Wild’ experience,” says Nate Seifert, The Resort’s Nature Concierge.

Don’t get me wrong: I love a good massage and cozy bath robe as much as the next gal, but I must have missed the chapter in Wild where Strayed wound down her daily miles in the mountains with massage and memory foam. Last I checked, thru-hiking the PCT is a lot more about black toenails and sore hipbones than spa packages, more drinking from streams than martini glasses, and it involves a lot of sleeping in the, you know, woods.

In The Resort’s defense, 10 percent of each package purchase (which range from $279 to $559, not including taxes and fees) gets donated to the Pacific Crest Trail Association [PCTA], a nonprofit devoted to preserving, protecting and promoting the PCT.

Nevertheless, for those truly interested in “getting in touch with nature,” but perhaps lacking the time, resources or ability to go hike a few thousand miles in the woods, I can’t help but suggest getting in touch directly with the PCTA—or any other established trail-work organization near you—to volunteer doing trail maintenance. These organizations are always in need of help, and previous trail-work experience is rarely necessary to join projects, which range from day trips to week-long “volunteer vacations” in the backcountry.

In the meantime, I’m off to the hot tub with my copy of Wild to try to find that chapter I missed out on.

 

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