The Healthy Hiker
Linda Murphy is The Healthy Hiker! She is a lifelong hiking enthusiast, and a Bruce Trail Hiking Leader,
whose passion for outdoor adventures was elevated to new heights in 2019.
That year, Linda completed a mostly solo, 3,000km wilderness backpacking trek of the Pacific Crest Trail,
from Mexico to Canada, while independently raising over $32,000 for victims of domestic violence.
Keep scrolling to see spectacular scenery, and watch compelling videos of Linda's 6-month trek!
"Boots on the Bruce for Shelter - a 900km hike to end domestic violence"
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May 1 - June 25, 2022, Niagara to Tobermory, Ontario...900km on the BRUCE TRAIL!
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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!