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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Northern Maine… It Comes with Rain and More Pain, but also My Favorite Brewery!

Northern Maine… It Comes with Rain and More Pain, but also My Favorite Brewery!

In comparison to the tough terrain of southern Maine, I was told that northern Maine would be easy. And... well.. yes... in comparison it was easier.

Aug 30, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Conquering Mahoosuc and Southern Maine

Conquering Mahoosuc and Southern Maine

Even before entering New England, amidst conversation of The Whites and Mt. Washington, I would hear snippets of hikers saying "southern Maine is the

Aug 27, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
The Wildcats, Carters, and on to Maine

The Wildcats, Carters, and on to Maine

After neroing (nearly zeroing, which is generally accepted to mean that one hiked less than a half-day) in Gorham with my White Mountains

Aug 25, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Franconia Ridge, The Presidential Range & Mount Washington

Franconia Ridge, The Presidential Range & Mount Washington

Grab your coffee and get comfortable cause this is a long post about my time hiking through The White Mountain Range, over iconic locations such as Franconia Ridge, Mt Washington, and forming a great tramily in the process.

Aug 22, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
New Hampshire: Where the Going Got REALLY Tough

New Hampshire: Where the Going Got REALLY Tough

After finishing up my isolation in my cousins basemen (where I ate my weight in maple ice cream, watching ALL the new episodes of Black Mirror, and

Aug 20, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Rutland, VT to Hanover, NH—Full of Special Shelters & Great Memories

Rutland, VT to Hanover, NH—Full of Special Shelters & Great Memories

The Lookout ShelterThanks to the fun events of the previous day, a group of us hikers headed out from Rutland all with the goal to meet up

Aug 19, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
The Yellow Deli, Rutland, and the 4th of July

The Yellow Deli, Rutland, and the 4th of July

The Yellow Deli The Yellow Deli is, as it sounds, a deli. But it is also much more than that. It is famous amongst AT thru-hikers because of its

Aug 16, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Welcome to Vermud… errrr… Vermont

Welcome to Vermud… errrr… Vermont

Hello all. Is been a while, hasn’t it?Sorry about that. I promise I never forgot about you.In brief, the reason for my delay in posting is

Aug 4, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Massachusetts (pt. II): Home baked goodies, new slippery shoes, and biking

Massachusetts (pt. II): Home baked goodies, new slippery shoes, and biking

Wrapping up my time in MA with a change in hiking shoes, more cookies, a chance to bike between towns, and climb the highest peak in the state.

Jul 15, 2023 : Dakota Churchill
Massachusetts (pt. I): Rain, The Hiker Chapel, Rain and the Cookie Lady

Massachusetts (pt. I): Rain, The Hiker Chapel, Rain and the Cookie Lady

The rain is starting to get to me... but dotted within the misery of the rain have been some truly memorable people and experiences!

Jul 14, 2023 : Dakota Churchill