Hey there! My name is Dakota (trail name still pending) and will be thru-hiking the PCT NOBO. 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.
And we’re off! Days 1-5 on the AT
Well guys, I made it! I’m on the AT! I’m starting at Harper’s Ferry (HF) and working my way north for the first half of my flip flop To start, and
Websites and Actions I Took to Prepare for Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Pre-Trail Research In addition to reaching out to anyone and everyone who I knew who had thru-hiked before, I studied up on what my type of
What I Have Packed for the Appalachian Trail
Being that I had never thru-hiked before, I did not have a ton of ultralight gear prior to the AT. As I began purchasing equipment, I kept in mind
Precautions I Took as a Solo Woman Hiking the AT
I am a huge proponent that women can and should do everything they set their minds to. However, I also believe it is always wise to be aware and
My Third Shakedown Hike
You know what they say… you can never have too many shakedowns!!! This time, I ventured into Cleveland National forest for a quick one day in, one
My Second Shakedown Hike
You know what’s better than one shakedown hike in Patagonia? More shakedown hikes! This time around, my second
What I learned from my 5 day shakedown hike in Patagonia
In preparation for my thru-hike on the Appalachian trail, I review my gear after taking it trekking for 5 days in Patagonia. I discuss what I liked and disliked about it. I also discuss potential changes to my pack for the future.
Why I switched from the Pacific Crest Trail to the Appalachian Trail
*This post is not written to churn up fear about the PCT this year. It is simply my way of describing how I weighed out the pros and cons and made a
Who I am and why am I hiking the PCT?
Dakota has never thru-hiked before in her life and she is now about to hike the PCT. Read about who Dakota is, why she wants to hike the PCT, and what some of her fears are.