The Healthy Hiker
Linda Murphy is The Healthy Hiker!
A lifelong hiking enthusiast and now, hiking leader,
Linda's passion for outdoor adventure, and support for those in need, fuels her backpacking treks:
3,000km on the Pacific Crest Trail, US.A. in 2019
900km on the Bruce Trail, Canada in 2022
1,000km on the Ireland Way in 2023
Linda prefers to "hike with a purpose", and to that end, has independently raised over $90,000CAD
for victims of domestic violence, as she hikes.
Her Ireland hike was in memory of her late parents, who were born there.
Linda's next fundraising trek...Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador!
Please support shelters for women and child victims of domestic violence.
Linda's next trek will be in the high Andes of Ecuador, in November of 2023,
where she will hike 100km to Cotopaxi, one of the world's highest active volcanoes,
in an effort to raise funds for her local women's shelter, My Friends House, Collingwood, ON, Canada.
Please click on the above link for more details and to donate.
Keep scrolling to see spectacular scenery, and watch compelling videos of Linda's long distance treks!
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"Hiking Home for Shelter"
My 3,000km/173-day Wilderness Trek on the Pacific Crest Trail
From March 26 - September 13, 2019, I took a 6-month leave of absence from my career, my family, and my home, in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada...to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, a 4,279km mountain wilderness trail, from Mexico to Canada! At 57 years of age, I hiked mostly alone and unsupported, backpacking my way through the desert, over mountain passes, and across rushing rivers, the equivalent distance and elevation changes, to ascending and descending Mt. Everest 16 times, all in an effort to raise awareness and funds for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
I did this because I am safe, I am strong, and I am grateful for my violence-free life, and that of our three daughters - I did it because I COULD. Those who suffer from abuse in their own homes won't receive the safe shelter and counselling they and their children so desperately need, if we, who can, don't provide the funding to support them.
Backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail turned out to be the greatest adventure of my life! This unique and WILD experience filled me with wonder, awe, and boundless gratitude on a daily basis. I also faced some of my worst personal fears, pushing my well-past-middle-age body beyond its limit. Between gut-wrenching sickness from drinking contaminated ground water, torn back ligaments, a tooth infection that eventually resulted in its extraction, a foot stress fracture, bear and rattlesnake encounters, altitude sickness, a respiratory infection, constantly-increasing knee pain, and devastating loneliness, it would seem that I experienced more hardship than pleasure in my 173 days on the PCT. BUT, in fact, I faced, recovered, and gained a greater strength than anything I could have imagined, from each and every one of these body and spirit-breaking challenges, and finally, I made a friend-for-life along the way, who was instrumental in the success of my trek, and helped me to find JOY in the journey. The entire experience was absolutely and completely worth it, especially given the outpouring of support that I received, over $32,000 in total, with every dollar going to our local Women's Shelter, "My Friend's House", in Collingwood, ON, and others like it, across Canada.
So...the question I am most commonly asked...would I ever do it again?? You BET - in a heartbeat!
The Healthy Hiker Backpacking Videos
The Ireland Way - a 1000km solo thru-hike - Day 29/47 - Miner's Way Section - County Roscommon
The Ireland Way - a 1000km solo thru-hike - Day 28/47- Miner's Way Section - Ballinafad to Highwood
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