Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Seo Young Park
© 2013 Lucy L. Bosche
This thesis follows solo women hikers as they embark upon walking either the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail from beginning to end. By witnessing the ways in which the women hikers navigate the counter-culture of the trails, a critique of American society is revealed. This paper focuses on the differences between trail culture and normative culture, the transformations the hikers undergo, and how the hikes have affected the women’s lives.
Bosche, Lucy L., "Woman Into The Wild: Female Thru-Hikers and Pilgrimage on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails" (2013). Scripps Senior Theses. 203.