Rachel Shoemaker

Hey y'all! Rachel aka "Dobby" here. I am so excited to have you along on my journey! A little snippet about me: I use she/her pronouns. I'm from Western North Carolina, right outside of Asheville. The Northeast and the beautiful state of Colorado are also very special places to me. I love all things nature (obviously) and when I'm not hiking, I'm probably reading or hanging out with my dog Lily. My background is in marine biology and environmental education. After the trail, I plan on going back to school to pursue environmental law. Thanks for following along! :)

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Rose, Bud, Thorn: A Reflection

Rose, Bud, Thorn: A Reflection

"I think we should play a game." An evening in the Mojave. I had been deep in thought when Sprout suddenly spoke up. It had been another long

May 21, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Adventures in Dehydrating – Part 2!

Adventures in Dehydrating – Part 2!

Let's see - where did we last leave off? At the end of Part 1 of this story, I was optimistically awaiting a response from a company in the

May 19, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Adventures in Dehydration – Errr, I Mean Dehydrating (Part 1)

Adventures in Dehydration – Errr, I Mean Dehydrating (Part 1)

It's back to hiking in the desert and I'm doing my best to stay hydrated out here. When I'm not actively chugging water or shoving my face full of

May 6, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Take Chances, Make Mistakes, and Get Messy

Take Chances, Make Mistakes, and Get Messy

Greetings from Wrightwood, CA! It's somehow been nearly a month since I started the trail (25 days to be exact). Where does the time go?? I've been

Apr 29, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
This One’s For You, Dad

This One’s For You, Dad

"You know what, Pa? It keeps occurring to me how special this is. I'm going to be sad when we part ways - it's going to mean the start of a new

Apr 7, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
8 Things I’m Excited to Do to Attempt a More Sustainable Thru-hike

8 Things I’m Excited to Do to Attempt a More Sustainable Thru-hike

#1 Use less plastic. Ugh. It seems like it's even harder to avoid plastic packaging while on trail than it is in everyday life. I do have a few

Jan 11, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Why I’m Hiking the PCT This Year Instead of Going Back to School

Why I’m Hiking the PCT This Year Instead of Going Back to School

“Dude, guess what? I think I’m going to hike the PCT next year.” Receiving this text message from one of my dearest friends, Kelly, aka my “trail

Nov 30, 2021 : Rachel Shoemaker