Day 9
PCT mile 142/2650 I crawled into camp at 6:30pm. I ask Shaker: “What’s wrong with me? Why am I going
PCT mile 159/2650 My super power on trail thus far is my ability to sleep. Last night, camped cosily in
Day 11 of the PCT
PCT mile 178/2650 Today has felt long and hard, 19 miles with little water and fairly serious elevation.  Plenty of
Dinsmore's Hiker Haven
PCT mile 188/2650 Having just finished my second section of the Pacific Crest Trail (98 miles through the North Casades,
Day 13 - My first solo hitch hike in the States
PCT mile 209/2650 ‘My first solo hitch hike in the States’ The second thing I noticed about him was his
Day 14 - how do I make peace with mosquitos
PCT mile 233/2650 Yesterday was warm, without a breath of wind. Anytime I stopped – to drink or eat- in
Day 15 on the PCT
PCT mile 252/2650 It wasn’t the rain that bothered me. It had been my constant walking companion since daybreak. But
My brunch pancakes
Mile 259/2650⁣ ‘Where nobody knows my name’⁣ I struggled to stop my fingers numbing up as I took down my
Day 17 and the trail is burning
Mile 282/2650 ⁣ ‘Three good things’ It was nearly 9am by the time I left the hostel in Skykomish. A
My camp last night with view of Mount Raine
Mile 304/2650 ⁣⁣(22 miles) ⁣⁣ ‘On not going the extra mile’ There’s a clearing at the side of the dirt
View from the tent
Mile 327/2650 ⁣(23 miles) ⁣ ‘Foot pain and skinny dipping’. As the day wears on my foot pain grows. It
Sheep Lake this morning
Mile 340/2650 (13 miles) ‘Ordinary angels’ I’d met Don and Sue briefly last night when I entered camp. As well

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.