Hiking Home for Shelter

From March 24 - September 30(ish), 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, 4,279km (2,653 miles), from Mexico to Canada! At 57 years of age, I hiked 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 CAN, and those who suffer from abuse in their own homes won't receive the safe shelter and counselling they and their children need, if we, who can, don't raise the money to pay for it.

I faced some of my worst personal fears, pushing my just-slightly-past-middle-age body to its limit, and missing my family to the very core of my soul, to raise funds for my local Women's Shelter: My Friend's House,  for other shelters across our entire country, where every day, over 6,000 women and children who suffer from domestic violence seek safe haven from their abusers, and for violence-prevention education programs in Canadian schools.  

TWO ways you can help!

Donation Option #1:
To direct 100% of your donation towards Canadian Shelters for Abused Women and Children and Violence Prevention Programs, click here: https://www.tinyurl.com/hikinghomeforshelter 

Donation Option #2: 
To direct your donation towards Linda's trek expenses, click on Donate Now (located in the upper right of this page), and be a Hiking Home for Shelter Expedition Sponsor. (Please Note: 4% service fee will be subtracted from your donation by gofundme.com) Be sure to enter in the Comment section of your donation form, if you would like to sponsor a specific item (listed below).

No funds to donate? No problem! Please just tell your friends, and share this message on social media. And, be sure to follow and subscribe to my journey on my YouTube vlog!  https://www.youtube.com/c/thehealthyhiker

Hiking Home for Shelter Expedition Sponsorship Items

Airfare: $500 x 2: (SPONSORED by Gerard Buckley, Mortgage Wellness)

Travel Insurance: $500 (supplemental to existing policy, as it only covers up to first 90 days)

Emergency Locator, Satellite Communicator, and Navigation Device: Garmin InReach….. $500 (SPONSORED by John Leightell)

Emergency Locator, Satellite Communication and Navigation Device: Garmin InReach Subscription…..$90 x 6 months  (SPONSORED by Eileen McCullagh-Murphy)               

Tent: Big Agnes Tiger Wall Ultra-light 2…..$500 (SPONSORED by Jen and John Tindale)

Backpack: Gregory Octal 55L…..$275 (SPONSORED by David Sorichetti)

Sleeping Bag: MEC Delphinius -9c…..$270

Snow and Ice Self-Arrest Device: Petzl Gully Hammer Ice Tool....$213

Sleeping Mat: Therm-a-rest Neoair XLite…..$250 (SPONSORED by Kate Vanderburgh)

Micro-Down Jacket: MEC Dupuis….$200 (SPONSORED by Sheryl and Gary Rubinoff)

Hiking Shoes: Columbia Ultra-light…..$200 x 5 pairs required (1 pair per 500 miles)

Rain Jacket: Marmot Precip…..$150

Motel Accomodation:…..approx $125 x approx. 25 nights

Base Layer Top: MEC Merino Wool T3.....$100 (SPONSORED by Patty Wilkinson and Phil MacDonald)

Base Layer Bottoms: MEC Merino Wool T3.....$100 (SPONSORED by Gord Llewellyn)

Rain/Wind Pants: Mec Hydrofoil....$100 (SPONSORED by Janine and Jim)

Headlamp: Bindi Petzel…$90

Snow and Ice Traction: Kahtoola Micro-spikes....$89

Rain Mitts: Mountain Laurel eVent Mitts: $86 (SONSORED by Claire Laughlin)

Sun Shirt: Columbia OmniShade UPF40…..$75

Cook Pot/Cup: Snow Peak 700ml Titnium…..$65

Water Filter: Katadyn BeFree….$65

Stove: MSR Pocket Rocket…..$60

Pillow: Klymit Luxe Pillow…..$55 (SPONSORED by Debbie Knight)

Zip Fleece Top: North Face Glacier.....$50

Shoe and Ankle Gaiters: Dirty Girls…..$50 (SPONSORED by Siobhan Llewellyn)

Battery Bank: TBD…..$50 (SPONSORED by Jeff Hammond) 

Sun Hat: Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap…..$47 (SPONSORED, by Melanie Pearce)

Water Filter Replacement Cartridge: Katadyn BeFree…..$35

Sungloves: Glacier Ascension Bay Sungloves…..$30

Camera Tripod: Kobratech TriFlex Mini…..$30 (SPONSORED by Irene Pradyszczuk and Izabel Filiplic)

Trail Food: Mostly dehydrated …..$25 x approx. 180 days (SPONSORS: 1 day - David Sorichetti)

Socks: Darn Tough Women’s Hike/Trek…..$27 x 4 (2 pairs SPONSORED by Paula Langille)

Cat hole digger: Tent Lab Deuce 2 Trowel…$25 (SPONSORED, by Melanie Pearce)

Seat Pad: Therm-a-rest Z-Seat…..$20

Sock Liners: Injinji Toe Socks….$17 x 4

Personal wash cloth/towel: Pack Towel…..$17

I will be thrilled and thankful to receive your donations, AND your encouraging comments on my youtube channel, where I'll be posting videos throughout my preparations and my hike.  https://www.youtube.com/c/lindamurphy
Be sure to hit Subscribe, AND click on the bell, to receive an email notification, when a new video is posted.

Thank you for your interest in this vital cause!

Hiking Home for Shelter, 2019
  • Siobhan Llewellyn 
    • $50 
    • 22 mos
  • Jason Ruttan 
    • $100 
    • 29 mos
  • Paul Sloan 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
  • Janice Strachan 
    • $300 
    • 31 mos
  • Gary Harkinson 
    • $200 
    • 31 mos
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Linda Murphy 
Collingwood, ON