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Philippa Byrde

Philly walks the Pacific Crest Trail

Solo hiking the wilderness from Mexico to Canada for Women's Aid Federation Of England because every woman deserves a life free from fear.

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Women's Aid Federation Of England

Women's Aid is the national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Women's Aid provides a package of 24 hour lifeline services for women experiencing domestic violence including the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge and the Women's Aid website

Charity Registration No. 1054154


In April, I'll be setting out alone on the Pacific Crest Trail*, a 2,650-mile trek from the Mexican border in California to Manning Park, Canada. I'll meet 700 miles of desert (excellent choice for my complexion, I'm sure you'll agree), then high sierra and even temperate rainforest, before crossing into the land of maple syrup and progressive politics.

Domestic violence kills two women a week in England and Wales. Countless more have their reality distorted, sense of self erased or finances controlled by the person who should show them love and security the most. Women’s Aid gives refuge to women and children, helps them reclaim their lives, and works with men and women to encourage healthier relationships.

I promise to give you as many miles for your money as I can. And whatever amount you can spare, even if it’s pennies, your support means the world to me.

Sponsor me a penny for every sweaty, sweary, dusty mile of the PCT and that's just £26.50.

Or you could be a peach and round it up to £27, for wrong turns/faffing to and from resupply towns, and that time you inevitably leave your trekking poles at the top of the hill you've just booted down.

Walking so far with my life on my back is frankly terrifying, but as well as looking inwards to wobbly resolve and self-reliance, I want to make a difference to lives beyond my own. That thought will keep me going through every dodgy water source, 1,000m climb and 20kg carry.

If you want to reserve judgement til I complete the thing, more power to you. I'll see you in October.

However you choose to support me - big love and thank you. Follow for updates, pics and GoreTex chat.

*Yes, for devotees of Reese Witherspoon's work (aren't we all) it is the trail in Wild.