Postponing a thru hike isn’t that easy!

Over the last few days, countless #classof2020 hikers have had to cancel their thru hike. Whether it is the AT, PCT, CDT or elsewhere in the world, the negative (potentially deadly) effects thru hiking would have on communities in the midst of the spread of the coronavirus have been widely documented. Only yesterday, a week…

A question of shared responsibility

Oh how things change in 24h. A few hours ago I was getting ready to fly to Los Angeles in a desperate move to beat the US travel ban imposed on the EU, including the UK. I was determined to chase that dream and not let it escape after 3 years of meticulous planning. But…

Chasing that dream

Hello friends, these are crazy times we’re living. I keep trying to pinch myself and check that this isn’t one my big nightmares. Then I chat with friends, more days go past and I realise that if it is one of my nightmares then I have a hell of an imagination! Since starting to socially…

I’m in a podcast!

A couple of months ago I was interviewed by Bob from The Outdoor Station. I’ve been listening to his podcast for years so when I told him I was hiking the PCT and he expressed an interest in having me as a guest I was really chuffed! We discussed early life in the Pyrenees, my…

Lessons learnt from being rescued

I’ve attended countless events and talks with different Scottish Mountain Rescue teams. I’ve been there, taken notes, chatted with them afterwards, worked on applying what I learnt, but the truth is, nothing really prepares you for actually being in the situation where you need rescued. You think you’ve taken all the right measures but when…

Sunny skies and snow blizzards: knowing when to call 999

Yesterday I was in the Trossachs National Park for another group hike with friends. This is part of my preparation for the PCT – because the only way to train for a hike is to hike. The day started well: full sunshine, high spirits, awesome landscapes. Scotland at its best. The walk we jointly decided…

Winter skills

This week I travelled to my beloved Cairngorms to spend a few days in Aviemore and take part in Mountaineering Scotland’s first ever women-only course with instructors Heather Morning and Fi Chapel. The course was a pilot made available to Iona’s Adventures‘ walking group members. On the following day, a mixed group of hikers also…

Passportless.

I got my visa. I got my freaking Visa. I got out of the embassy and felt the cold air on my face and I thought: “Give me all the cold. I’m ready for the cold and the wet nights and the hot sun and the exhaustion. I’m ready for it all. I am passportless….

A dream

As I’m sitting here in the US embassy waiting in between my two appointments I feel the trail getting closer. I can almost reach for the southern terminus. Touch it. Feel the cold April morning and see the sun rising on the southern Californian desert. I can clearly imagine myself arriving in San Diego, meeting…

Half a hoop

So far this process has looked like jumping through loads of hoops in order to get to the Mexican border next April. On Thursday, I successfully jumped through yet another (half) hoop. I had the conversation with my boss. I’d been debating in my head when to schedule this conversation. Of course, having it without…