On 1st July 2019 I leave the comfort and safety of my UK life and fly to Seattle. After a busy couple of days there sorting out my food supplies, I’ll head off on the 4th of July to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2650 mile long distance walking trail across the U.S.A.

I’m hiking south bound, starting at the Canadian Border – walking through the States of Washington, Oregon and California – until I reach the Mexican Border.

I’ll be carrying all my kit and camping on trail. I’ll pass through towns about once a week to pick up food resupply, shower, charge my phone etc.

It should take me about 5 months, so I aim to finish early December.

Why am I doing this?

Four years ago, as I approached a significant birthday, I admitted to myself that I wasn’t living the life and adventures I’d dreamed off.

I’d been waiting for my circumstances to change but changing they were not.

I decided it was time to stop putting my life on hold. And I tentatively started having adventures on my own. Each year I’ve got a bit bolder and braver:

2016 Outer Hebrides cycle

2017 North Coast 500 cycle

2018 Cape Wrath Trail

I’m attempting the Pacific Crest Trail because the idea of spending 5 months walking in nature – in dramatic beauty – feels like a dream. I know it will be hard. So hard that I’ll want to quit many times. But I also know that I’ll love it and be changed by it.

mikey's lineI’m so, so happy to be raising money for Mikey’s Line & The Hive Project as I walk the PCT.

They work to:

  • Help fight the Highland wide problem of chronic loneliness
  • Provide a light in the dark for those in the depths of depression
  • Offer a distraction from thoughts leaning towards self-harm
  • Tackle head on the staggering rate of suicide in the Highlands.

I’m aiming to raise £4000 and the money will go towards opening a ‘satellite’ Hive Thurso and also to taking mindset skills into primary schools. If you feel so inclined and are in a position to do so, please consider donating.

 

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