Any impact from this movie should only be temporary, but everything grows with the population.
Funny how a lot of us fall into this media driven society and are oblivious to it. I think these types of Hollywood movies / books will have an impact though only temporarily. REI should see a surge in sales along with a surge in returns. Maybe I'm wrong, but a lot of newbie backpackers try it once and say never again. However, with every ten that try it, at least one will return again a little smarter & lighter. Even some of our little techies will give it a try.
I don't read much, but I read “Strayed” because of backpacking. Also because of the drug part which unfortunately, strikes an old nerve in a lot of people, including me. The trail does have a way of helping to hash things out though that’s only part of it, but at least it's a step worth taking. As for her book, not what I expected but then that’s Hollywood, buyer beware.
There seems to be a lot more endeavors in PCT movies and the more that gets put into it, the more that gets taken out of it. You don't need a big production company to make an informative film, you need REAL people to splice it all together just right and you need to leave out all the profit motives. Documentary type films on you-tube are about the best I have seen and fortunately you have to be interested enough to search for it.. This one IMOP is the best one so far. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIvyuaz ... jw&index=2
Sorry for getting off the subject..