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. Hello Darwin and Snuggles! I am preparing for just a short AT section hike in Virginia next month (May) and have really enjoyed your YouTube videos and your wealth of knowledge.
    This may seem like and odd question but here goes . . . your gear lists do not include long pant so I wonder if you are always hiking in shorts? Maybe you just wear the thermals on the list under the shorts? Can you please clarify for me? Thanks

  2. Darwin and Snuggles,

    You guys rock! Thanks so much for providing the very well made videos and expert commentary that have really inspired me to get up and go hiking. As I start collecting my gear, I did want to ask about a procedure; do you boil your water before filtering? I know that Darwin is on PCT but let me know when you can.

    Hike ON!!

    Jason (in Georgia)

  3. My wife an I are fellow Hoosiers that decided after a trip to Southern KY one fall, to up and move to KY. The waterfalls and trails here are amazing. Being able to pick up and go hike every weekend has been amazing. We plan on section hiking the AT starting next year. I just recently found your YouTube videos of your pct hike. Love your channel. Can’t wait for another pct video.

    • That’s awesome Justin! Darwin and I at one point considered moving to Louisville, KY. Glad you are enjoying Darwin’s videos! Good luck on your section hike! – Snuggles

  4. Hey there ~ just enjoyed today’s youtube post of your PCT journey. Keep up the good work! Awesome and contemplative video. On your way to Canada check out mountaineers.org if you layover near Seattle. Thanks for the gear list video. Except for the shoes, good stuff! June 7, 2018 ~ Liz

  5. Hey Darwin! Lovin your videos. Do you have any pics and/or more info on the 5×8 trailer you mentioned staying in? (I love camping AND the tiny house concept). Thanks bro! – Mike.

    • Hey Mike! We actually just sold the cargo trailer. We never did a tour of it like the van and I think the only few pictures of it are on Darwin’s Instagram. We currently live full time out of our cargo van…well I do, Darwin’s in his tent! – Snuggles

  6. I’ve been inspired to prep for an Appalachian Trail thru-hike targeting an early retirement. Thanks for all the info! I do have a question that I think you are in a unique position to answer compared to other hikers online.

    I plan to hike with my wife. So I was wondering what unique advice you’d give to couples hiking together? What equipment to share? Tents? Filtration? More than one pot? Unexpected benefits to leverage or pitfalls to avoid? Any different gear? Strategies?

    I’m not sure if you already covered this in a video I missed. Thanks again!

  7. Greeting from Okinawa, Japan! You guys are inspiring lots of people to live their lives on their own terms and be true to themselves. Great job and keep it up!

    One question I had that I’m not sure is covered in your videos (my wife and I are trying to get through all of them!) is the bad experiences with people that you meet on the trail. Do you have any stories? Were there any moments you felt unsafe around other hikers? Did you have a situation where someone was breaking the law like littering and you had to say something? Was there a time when someone wouldn’t leave you alone?

    Sorry if these are a bit negative questions, but as an introvert I freak out a bit! Thanks for any info and as always I look forward to seeing more of your content!


  8. I just discovered your YouTube channel a few weeks ago and really enjoy watching them. Thanks for all the valuable advice and entertaining videos. My wife and I have been hiking for about 3 years. We do short moderate hikes, nothing overnight, YET. One day I hope we will, right now we are building up our supplies. We just spent the week in Banff, Alberta, Canada- absolutely stunning. We did some hiking but not enough, but we have the desire to go back and do more, with better planning in advance. That is why I enjoy your videos, it helps me better prepare for our hikes. We learn something every hike we do. Thanks again, and hopefully we can meet on the trail.

  9. Hello there Snuggles and Darwin,

    I had the good fortune of finding your channel on Friday, and I’m lovin’ it. I watched a bunch of your gear reviews and now I’m on episode 14 of your PCT 2018 videos. I’m learning so much. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a series so much. Netflix should add an outdoors channel and add YouTube videos like yours. Another source of income couldn’t hurt…right? 🙂
    I’ve gotta go back to episode 14. I’m binge watching. I just can’t stop watching it.

    Wishing you both, all the best, much happiness and a beautiful day.



  10. Darwin,
    My family and I are following your PCT hike. It has always been a dream of ours to hike that trail one day. We love your videos and you are inspiring our family to backpack together more often.

    After seeing your video we saw you were in Ashland in July. How far have you gotten since then?

    We wish you the best on the rest of your hike.

    • Hey Talia! I actually finished the PCT on August 9th! My Instagram has been keeping more updated with trail progress. The videos are backdated due to getting footage to Snuggles, editing process, etc.

      Hike On,


  11. Congrats with the pct hike. You kick butt. I am assuming Darwin is through OR. I am a portlandier and hike the gorge often.
    I have planning pct hike for 2 years. I have 95% of my gear and already bought my bus ticket. My folk and friends are mailing my cous cous and each section of map from halfmile. But i lost my job and am going to do the hike with next to no cash or cell gps. Can you tell me any of the most easy to get lost sections of trail.
    Thank you..

    • Hey Lunch Sack! I would not recommend hiking the PCT with no GPS or a map of some kind. Although some sections are easy to navigate others are very difficult to navigate with a gps or map let alone without. For safety, I would not recommend hiking without.

      Hike On,

  12. I’ve been following YouTube thru-hikers for a couple of years now – FM, Captain Dan, Chocolate Balls, Red Beard, Joe Brewer, The Blackalachian, and this year mostly you on the PCT and Dixie (Homemade Wanderlust) on the CDT and Evan on the AT. I’ve been enjoying your videos – well crafted and informative. You beat the fires this year (well, except for that one just before exiting California). I appreciate the gear reviews – you have great insights and reasons for your picks. Great you are getting to do what many would love to try.

    • I’m glad you found the channel James! That’s awesome you are enjoying so many great adventures with fellow YouTube Creators! I hope you are getting out there for your own adventures as well brother!

      Hike On,

  13. Hello Darwin,
    I’m new to your videos and site. Thank you for all of your information regarding the treks, gear, food…most informative.
    I’m curious though. After watching lots of videos and reading blogs reading food for long treks, why do trekkers eat so much junk foods (cookies, sodas, variety of protein bars) when there are healthier choices for sweet, savoury, better protein options.
    The longest trek I completed was the Camino (solo) and I would love to do the AT and PCT (probably won’t do these solo).
    Thank you in advance for your insight

    • Hey Wendy! I myself tried to be better about what I was eating on the PCT but its simply about the calories. I personally burn so many calories when long distance hiking I can’t eat enough. For me at least, its not even about taste but what packs the biggest punch.

      Hike On,

  14. Hi Darwin!
    I just did my very first multi-day hike this past weekend (Skyline to the Sea trail) and I stumbled across your YouTube videos as I was looking for information about hiking. They helped me out a lot to get a sense on what to bring to a hike, and then I got hooked on watching your adventures while in the PCT. Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey and knowledge. I hope to do more hikes in the near future. You and your wife inspire many people out there that have no clue on how to get started in their own adventures. Cheers and blessings from San Diego, CA!


  15. Darwin, love you vids and site. You are focused on the US trails and as it should be. However have you ever considered the Canadian trails. Let me give you a couple of ideas. Bruce Trail, 885 km dead easy really except for the can’t camp worth crap on it; Ganaraska Trail 500km; or for a more adventurous effort the https://thegreattrail.ca/ the Trans Canada Train at a mere 24,000 km ( a couple of days walk, ride, etc.) To my knowledge no one has yet done an end to end. Something to consider. And we do like Americans, lol.

    John Cockerill

  16. The one thing that is preventing me from hiking the AT is the fact that I heard that 30% of the people that hike this trail contract Lyme disease. In fact I believe that happened to you as well. Any way to increase your odds to prevent this from happening? Could you hike a particular section at a certain time of the year to reduce these odds?

    • Hey Ward! The AT is dubbed the Green Tunnel meaning a lot of it is covered by trees and you are constantly going to be brushing up against foliage of some kind. Treat your tent, clothes and pack, check yourself for ticks periodically, where bug spray when you can (sorta hard cause you will be sweating). Ticks are worse some years then others, so I don’t think they are every 100% avoidable unless your hiking in the winter… – Snuggles

  17. Darwin,
    Just finished up watching you hike the PCT. which really makes me want to through hike it, once I retire from the military in 9 years. Keep it up and I look forward to seeing more videos from you

  18. Have you or anyone you know used wiggy’s sleeping bags? They are made with climashield insulation. I have been considering getting one. Is there a way to acquire a Darwin on the trail patch?

  19. I was curious if you have met anyone using a fanny pack on a thru hike as their only pack? I am a big guy and struggle to find a pack that fits me. Was wondering if fanny packs are a viable option?

    • I have seen tons of thru-hikers using a fanny pack but never as their only pack. Not sure how exactly that would work on a thru-hike as it mostly just holds snacks. Unless you had a support crew meeting up with you to provide shelter, meals, water, and other gear???

      Hike On,

  20. My wife and I just finished watching your PCT hike just amazing we truly enjoyed your videos. Thank you and hike on!

  21. Hey guys if you’re ever in Virginia again and need anything you can email me and I’ll do whatever I can to help out! I live in Farmville va between Lynchburg and Richmond. I love watching your videos man super awesome stuff.

  22. Dear Darwin,

    I am starting a section hike (Hundred Mile Wilderness) of the AT next Thursday. Do you have any recommendation on footwear in respect to river crossings? Does getting your trail runners and socks soaked result in foot issues (blisters etc.)? Perhaps any recommendation on water shoes?

    Thanks and regards, Mischa

  23. I have gained so much info from your vids. I really want to get on the AT. I am legally blind, and am now doing some walking to build up a little. I have several access points to the AT here where I live in eastern Tennessee like Erwin, Roan Mnt, Hampton And Wilber Dam Rd. I say all that to tell you guys, you have inspired me and help with gear choices. Thanks. Maybe before all my vision is gone, I’ll see y’all on the trail. God bless!

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