Hey y'all! Rachel aka "Dobby" here. I finished my low-waste PCT thru-hike on Sept. 8, '22. I thru-hiked the Colorado Trail in '20 and completed the NH48 and NE67 in '18. 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! :)
How To Seam Seal Your Tent: Step-by-Step Guide
Your tent is arguably one of the most important pieces of backpacking gear you own. After all, it's going to be your home away from home for the next
PCT Snowpack in the Sierra Outpaces Historic 2017 Season
Following a series of winter storms, snow levels along the PCT in the Sierra Nevada mountain range are officially higher than record 2017 snow levels
Teenagers Rescued From PCT After Being Stranded in Major CA Snowstorm
Two 17-year-olds were rescued from the Pacific Crest Trail last Friday after being stranded in heavy snow for several days. The pair, Riley Ramirez
NJ Kidnapping Suspect Has History of Similar Allegations on PCT
A man who allegedly kidnapped a PCT hiker in 2018 but was never charged has been apprehended in connection with a similar crime. James Parrillo, 57,
Getting to Campo: PCT Southern Terminus Shuttle To Run for Second Year
Aware that your PCT start date is fast approaching, you decide to consult your checklist one more time. PCT Long-distance Permit and other permits?
Sierra On Track for Record Snowfall This Year—Here’s What It Means for PCT Hikers
If you've been following the weather on the West Coast this winter, chances are you've heard about the record snowfall in California. 2023 is shaping
Mount Washington’s -108 Degree Wind Chill Breaks US Record
New Hampshire's Mount Washington, home of the world's worst weather, set a new record last Friday for the coldest wind chill recorded in US history.
21 Things 2023 PCT Thru-Hikers Need To Know
If you're planning to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 2023, look no further. We have some advice that will make prepping for your 2,650-mile
What Is a Good Hiking Pace?
At some point or another, we've all been passed by someone who is hiking at a brisker pace than our own. Or maybe you're usually the one doing the
18 of The Trek’s Top Posts of 2022
This year wasn't perfect by any means, but it was admittedly an improvement over the previous two years. Plus, our Trek Bloggers and Editors put out