Dakota Churchill

Hey there! My name is Dakota (trail name Reset) and will be thru-hiking the AT as a Flip-Flopper. Originally from San Diego, I am an avid hiker, camper, traveler, and outdoor enthusiast. However, I have never thru-hiked before, so I am so excited to share my journey with you! Expect my raw thoughts, feelings, and if I have the brain-energy for it, lots of puns. Follow my journey on The Trek, Instagram @_the_rambling_rover, or at www.TheRamblingRover.com.

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Damascus, VA and Biking the Creeper Trail

Damascus, VA and Biking the Creeper Trail

Day 129Yesterday was a great day. Despite getting turned around and hiking the long direction, the ponies, views, and my campsite all made

Dec 12, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Marion, VA & The Grayson Highlands

Marion, VA & The Grayson Highlands

Anddddd we're back. Can you believe it? I bet some of you gave up on my blog. But, as I told you, I will finish my AT story for you!Day

Dec 9, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
It’s Not Bears We Should Fear, its the BEES

It’s Not Bears We Should Fear, its the BEES

"NOT THE BEES" - a quote not only from Wicker man, but from Reset, AT FF '23.From VA 620 Trout Creek (just south of Roanoke, VA) to

Oct 14, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
The VA Triple Crown: My Sketchiest Stunts, Lowest Morale, and a Much-Needed Family Visit

The VA Triple Crown: My Sketchiest Stunts, Lowest Morale, and a Much-Needed Family Visit

The Virginia Triple CrownThe Virginia Triple crown is pretty famous on the AT. In fact, it holds one of the icons and most recognizable

Oct 11, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Beginning my SOBO hike, Shenandoah + Trail Angels!

Beginning my SOBO hike, Shenandoah + Trail Angels!

Before Shenandoah Days 96, 97, 98, and 99, miles 1172.5 to 1229.2 (56.7 miles total).I took the train from Washington DC out to Harpers

Sep 25, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
The Evolution of My Gear at the Half Way Point

The Evolution of My Gear at the Half Way Point

If you ever want to hear a thru-hiker ramble on for an hour or two, just ask about their gear. Not to overexaggerate, because I’m not, but our gear

Sep 12, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Trail Name Origins

Trail Name Origins

Many of you, my lovely readers, have requested hearing the stories of how thru-hikers obtained their trail names. Well, ask and you shall receive

Sep 9, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Between the Flip & the Flop: ER Visits and the Cost of the Trail

Between the Flip & the Flop: ER Visits and the Cost of the Trail

Emergency Room visits! I am lucky enough to know someone in Maine who was able to pick me up from Baxter State Park. Remember how I mentioned that I

Sep 6, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Katahdin

Katahdin

Going up Katahdin As I wrote in my previous post, my tramily was placed in the Abol campground in Baxter State Park. This campground is ~2 miles

Sep 3, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
It’s here: The 100 Mile Wilderness

It’s here: The 100 Mile Wilderness

It was here. The 100 Mile Wilderness.The 100 Mile Wilderness stretches from Monson, ME to Abol Bridge, which lays on the outskirts of Baxter

Sep 2, 2023 : Dakota Churchill