Rachel Shoemaker

Hey y'all! Rachel aka "Dobby" here. I recently finished my low-waste thru-hike on the PCT (Sept. 8) - whoot whoot! More about me... I use she/her pronouns. I'm from Western NC, just outside of Asheville. I called NH home for a bit as well! I love all things nature (obviously) and when I'm not hiking, I'm probably reading, writing for this site, or hanging out with my dog Lily. Happy adventuring and thanks for following along! :)

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24 of the Best Black Friday Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

24 of the Best Black Friday Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

It's Black Friday, which means it's time to add that piece of gear you've been eyeing to your shopping cart. We searched the web to help you find

Nov 25, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
19-Year-Old Hiker Found Deceased on Mt. Lafayette

19-Year-Old Hiker Found Deceased on Mt. Lafayette

Emily Sotelo, 19, of Westford, MA, was found deceased on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette in Franconia, NH at approximately 11 a.m. on

Nov 24, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Melanie Vogel Completes Historic 12,000-Mile Trans-Canada Hike

Melanie Vogel Completes Historic 12,000-Mile Trans-Canada Hike

On Saturday, November 12, Melanie Vogel became the first woman to complete a continuous coast-to-coast-to-coast hike of the Trans Canada Trail,

Nov 17, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Human Skeletal Remains Found Near Appalachian Trail

Human Skeletal Remains Found Near Appalachian Trail

Hunters discovered human skeletal remains near the AT in Moore Township, PA on Monday evening, according to Lehigh Valley Live. The site where the

Nov 16, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
How To Treat Your Hiking Clothes With Permethrin

How To Treat Your Hiking Clothes With Permethrin

True story: I once forgot to pack bug spray for a backpacking trip in the White Mountains of NH. It was my first-ever multi-day backpack, but that

Nov 3, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Trek Readers Share Their Best Spooky Hiking Stories

Trek Readers Share Their Best Spooky Hiking Stories

A hiker awakens suddenly to the sight of a shadowy figure crawling toward them, and they try to scream, but there is only silence—and the thick

Oct 31, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Hypothermic PCT Hiker Rescued in Deschutes National Forest

Hypothermic PCT Hiker Rescued in Deschutes National Forest

PCT hiker Hassan Falsafi, 57, of Weaverville, CA was rescued in the Diamond Peaks Wilderness area of Deschutes National Forest, OR by Douglas County

Oct 27, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Final Adventures in Washington – Part 3/3

Final Adventures in Washington – Part 3/3

"So let me get this straight. You want to get to Canada...by paddling all the way across Ross Lake?" Judging by the tone of their voice, I didn't

Oct 21, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Do You Really Need Rain Pants for Backpacking?

Do You Really Need Rain Pants for Backpacking?

When I set out to hike the Colorado Trail in July of 2020, I was mentally prepared for big climbs and stunning views. But I wasn't ready for monsoon

Oct 20, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Important Changes to the 2023 PCT Long-distance Permit Application

Important Changes to the 2023 PCT Long-distance Permit Application

Are you planning to hike 500 or more continuous miles on the PCT in 2023? The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) has made some changes to the PCT

Oct 17, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker