“Pacific Crest Trail Prep. Feb 2019. A false sense of security?” On the 1st July 2019, I’m leaving the UK
On the 1st July this year, I’m leaving the UK to head off for a massive adventure. It’s just over
And then I breath. And I remember that I’m the luckiest woman in the world and it’s all going to
The day has come! Today I leave Scotland and in a few days’ time I’ll fly to Seattle tobegin my
PCT Day 1
I’ve dreamt of walking the Pacific Crest Trail for the last 2 years and here I am at the Trail
Day 2 - Today was the day to tag ‘The Monument’ on the US-Canadian Border and then start the long journey south.
“Home” Today was the day to tag ‘The Monument’ on the US-Canadian Border and then start the long journey south. 
Day 3
‘Alone?’ I naïvely thought walking the PCT would be a solitary experience.  This year there are very high snows in
Pct day 4 7/7/19 (22 miles) I felt really strong today.
(22 miles) I felt really strong today.  I’m now well clear of the border and have began the long walk
Day 5
I left the beautiful forest that sheltered me last night, again feeling strong.  It feels too good to be true
the river I waited at to get the bus
PCT Mile 80 /2650  I’m grateful that alarm setting and bus catching are something I’ve left behind on trail, for
Freshly baked choc chip cookies and real coffee are consumed.
PCT mile 100 /2650 ‘Life ain’t all warm cookies on the trail’ (MacPherson, 2019)  I catch the slightly surreal vintage
Day 8 – July 11, 2019
PCT mile 121/2650 Today’s been hard. Much of it was spent in forest, wading through wet bushes on either side

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

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

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

I carried all my kit and camping gear. I passed through towns about once a week to pick up food resupply, shower, charge my phone etc.

It took me just under 5 months, so I finished in late November 2019.

Why did I do 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 hiked the  Pacific Crest Trail because the idea of spending 5 months walking in nature – in dramatic beauty – felt like a dream. I knew it will be hard. So hard that I’d want to quit many times. But I also knew that I’d love it and be changed by it.

mikey's lineI’m so, so happy to have been able to raise money for Mikey’s Line & The Hive Project as I walked 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 aimed to raise £4000 and have exceeded this target – thank you! 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.