At the end of 2014 my wife Snuggles & I decided to quit our jobs, sell 95% of the things we own, & leave our home town for good in search of adventure, culture, & the true meaning of happiness. We bought a van, traveled all over the country & hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (2189.2 miles). We are still seeking adventure in new places, meeting new people, trying new food & drink, & discovering all that we can. This website will serve as a portal & main hub for our past, present, & future expeditions.

-Darwin Onthetrail

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  1. So glad I found your YouTube channel. I have learned A TON!! Thank you for all the information and advise you give! I am just getting into UL hiking and you have helped me a lot! I live in East Tennesse (near Gatlinburg) and the AT is basically in my back yard. I have (based on your recommendations) finally accumulated the right amount of gear and will be hitting the trails very soon! Thanks again for all the advise and I look forward to following your videos! I envy you two! Enjoy life!


  2. So glad a came across your YouTube channel.My wife and I learning so much about hiking.We are planning a hike of the Florida Trail “FT” really soon.We are going to use alot of the info we have learned from your channel.


  3. Greetings from South Bend, IN. Your YouTube channel is the best, hours of great information and I am grateful to have found it. At 63 I will be doing my first overnight trip on Salamonie Lake’s “Bloodroot Trail” near Andrews Indiana. Your videos and website have been a great motivator and knowledge resource.
    Thanks to you and Snuggles


  4. Goals,
    Two years and 70 pounds ago I began a journey to get healthy and stave off diabetes. I was a 50 year old woman with little motivation.
    For our 30th anniversary this past August, we were walking on a mountainside in Colorado, my husband stopped me and reminded me “two years ago you couldn’t do this” with that simple affirmation a new goal was born! We saw many hikers that week and I was intrigued. After a ride by Cog Rail to Pikes Peak I declared, next year we Hike to the top! Learning growing and following You and Snuggles from the flat lands of Iowa we plan to “embrace the suck” and enjoy this adventure!
    Thank you!


  5. I’m thinking of getting lone peak 3.5 trail runners, I’m not sure on getting the low or mid shoes. Do you know of any pros and cons of either? I previously had Merrill ventilators mid shoes.


  6. Great to hear you mention your heading to the east coast. If you find your way thru Pennsylvania don’t miss all the amazing frozen waterfalls especially Glen onoko falls or Ricketts glen. Keep the awesome videos coming and cheers to a good 2018.


  7. Hi guys! I’m a Freshman in high school, and I’ve set out to thru hike the AT in 2022 and eventually earn my triple crown along with my best friend. I just wanted to thank you for the inspiration to do this. My best friend and I can’t thank you both enough for all the tips and tricks you guys have put out for hiking. It’s been very helpful this past year. So thank you both!

    Happy Trails!


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