1 Jan 2020.⁣After an unexpectedly ‘eventful’ new years eve, I awoke on the 1st of January not feeling as peace
9th Jan 2020, Inverness (46 days since PCT). ⁣⁣I’m like a small nervous bird – feeling twitchy and flighty. It’s

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.