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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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
18 Stunning Fall Foliage Hiking Photos to Brighten up Your Day

18 Stunning Fall Foliage Hiking Photos to Brighten up Your Day

"I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."—Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. I couldn't have said it better, Lucy.

Oct 17, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
8 Reasons I Chose the PCT Over the AT for My First Big Thru-Hike

8 Reasons I Chose the PCT Over the AT for My First Big Thru-Hike

"You're from the East Coast? Why the PCT and not the AT, then?" I should've seen this one coming, I know. But the first time I was asked this

Oct 12, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Adventures (and Misadventures) in Washington – Part 2/3

Adventures (and Misadventures) in Washington – Part 2/3

Let's see, where did we last leave off? Right---the magical Alpine Lakes Wilderness... Not caught up? Read Part 1 of the adventure

Oct 5, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
9 AT Thru-Hikers Share Their Top Advice

9 AT Thru-Hikers Share Their Top Advice

We polled our '22 AT Bloggers to see what they learned over the course of their journey from Georgia to Maine. Read on to see what these nine

Oct 5, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
8 PCT Thru-Hikers Share Their Top Advice

8 PCT Thru-Hikers Share Their Top Advice

As it turns out, walking over 2,600 miles can give someone more than enough time to think about—well, a lot of things! Our PCT Class of 2022 Bloggers

Sep 29, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Adventures in Washington – Part 1/3

Adventures in Washington – Part 1/3

“I can’t believe this is happening!!!” is a phrase I shouted more than once as I walked - or waltzed, rather - across the long-awaited Bridge of the

Sep 27, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
High, Low, Buffalo – Hiking the PCT in Oregon

High, Low, Buffalo – Hiking the PCT in Oregon

If the sole reason you're reading this is because the word "buffalo" caught your attention, I respect that. Because I don't want to be too misleading

Sep 19, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Allow Me to (re)Introduce Myself

Allow Me to (re)Introduce Myself

Hey, y'all! Dobby here...remember me? I do realize it's been a minute. Okay - if I'm being completely honest, it's been more like 2 months. Where

Sep 17, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker