About

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


Contact Darwin

darwinonthetrail@yahoo.com

Contact Snuggles

snugglesonthetrail@yahoo.com


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35 thoughts on “About

  1. Sup Darwin and Snuggles!!! Ran into your youtube videos while doing research, well done my friend. I hope this finds you both well. I saw you are planning to finish the AT in May starting in Great Barrington. If that is the case you would be welcome to crash here for a day or two and we could drive you to the trail head (about 45min-1hr). We are leaving for our own adventure to thru hike the Bibbulmun Track in Australia for three months, and visit our friends Aussie Legs, starting June 6 – August 27. So we should still be here when you start. Either way we wish you well.
    Best,
    Mufasa and Dory (aka Greg and Laurie)

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    • Hey man How goes it!? Thanks for the kind words & the invite good sir! We will be jumping on the trail Friday June 3rd in Great Barrington. Maybe we can Get together the day before or something, would love to catch up. I’ll shoot you a text soon, I’m sure I still have your #. Hope You & Dory are doing good!

      Hike On,
      Darwin

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    • Darwin, I just watched one of your blogs,I guess you’d call it,on YouTube and you started off saying you went through three pairs of Merrill,s and then you reviewed a pair of Solomon x ultras. Well, I have a pair of them coming in the mail any day now and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna dig um. Before I get to my question l just want to say I enjoyed your review and respect the life you are enjoying with snuggles and wish you both all the best on the trail and off. I’m a Newport Rhode Islander and have spent some thirty five years camping amongst the bear and moose all over the North Maine Woods. Nothing like being in your tent at bedtime and hearing a loon or a pack of coyotes whooping it up and it’s echoing off the mountains! OK, so I guess you can go through three sets of hiking shoes if you were to hike the entire AT, like you did with your Merrills…..So, how do you go about replacing them as you are hiking from start to finish? I have a few ideas, but I would like to here your version since your the seasoned thru hiker and I am a measly over nighter type guy at this time.😉 ….Mike

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      • Mike, Please send me your email and I can discuss this with you in depth. There are a few secrets you should know about.

        Hike On,
        Darwin

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  2. Hi Darwin,
    We just got back from the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. We were there about a week. Be prepared its raining there a lot. We were on the trail a few times as we hiked the area.
    Enjoy your videos keep going hope we can comminicate while you are on AT.

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    • James, Thankfully we are done with that section and made it past in good weather. Sucks you guys got rained out. We are getting back on in Great Barrington, Mass. and heading for Maine. Glad you enjoy the videos, I will keep them coming!
      Hike On,
      Darwin

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  3. You use the sign of the fish with legs are you an evolution believer ? I ask as I am a Christian with a belief in God . I enjoy your videos and question and answer segments.
    Thanks

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    • Michel, The fish is a play on his trail name “Darwin.” We prefer not to discuss our specific religious beliefs as we are open too and welcome all belief systems. Thanks for watching Darwin’s videos and visiting the site! – Snuggles

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  4. Hi Darwin,
    Unfortunately I can’t do a thru hike just yet (time restrictions) but am planning on a section hike of the AT and have been finding your videos super helpful, inspirational and entertaining. Thanks for putting them out there!

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  5. Thanks for creating your YouTube videos.
    I’ve enjoyed sitting with my wife and listening to her on how we can modify our packs for the future.
    Hike on

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  6. Hey Darwin! I’m a 14 year old boy aspiring to thru-hike the AT, and I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I need to do to achieve that goal. Being a Life Scout in BSA has significantly helped me understand the process, but your videos were the first thing I found on YouTube and were a great way of introducing me to the topic, so thank you for that! After reading and researching the AT, it’s clear to me what kind of gear and training is necessary to complete this, but I’m still wondering about the timeframe of the hike, or when exactly is a good time to do this in your lifetime. My question is not about an annual timeframe, like what month to start, but rather an age question. Being in middle school, I’ve pretty much got the next 8-10 years of my life planned out with school with not enough time to do the hike over school year summer, so it most likely won’t be anytime soon. The only foreseeable gap of time is between high school and college, but that would shift things around and complicate things. I guess my real question is, how old were you and Snuggles when you trekked the AT? Would it be more attainable as a mid-life project or much further out, such as after retirement? Sorry for my lengthy and deep questions, but I’m asking you because of your personal experience and you seem very openly knowledgeable. Thank you for creating these videos that my parents say I’m obsessed with (more like highly interested)!! Keep doing what you’re doing, because people love it. Thanks again!

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    • Hey George P.! Any time is a good time to hike. It seems like there is a good mix of ages out on the AT when we were out there but In between high school/college age and retired age seem to be the most. Snuggles and I were in our very late twenties when started in 2015. This partly due to money so we planned for and saved for almost two years prior to leaving. I’m glad your getting so much out of the videos, hiking IS a healthy obsession my friend.
      Hike On,
      Darwin

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  7. Hey Darwin. I am 62 with heart disease and a bad knee and hamstring.So my hiking days are behind me. Never the less your videos keep me interested and excited about hiking the trails. I saw you wearing an Evansville shirt so I figure you are from Southern Indiana. I live in Texas now but I grew up near Vincennes and attended VU for awhile. I hope you and Snuggles are well. Keep the videos coming. If I can figure out the Patreon website, I will try to be a contributor . Best Wishes. How is the trailer coming?

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    • Hey Jerry! Yes, Snuggles and I are both from Evansville and have both been to Vincennes several times. That’s a bummer your unable to hike but hopefully still able to enjoy the great outdoors other ways. The trailer is still in progress…getting down to the wire! Thanks for your support and for watching!
      Hike On,
      Darwin

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  8. Darwin,
    I love your videos. I don’t think I will ever have time to hike the AT but I’m going for it anyway thanks to your inspiration I’m heading to Springer mountain to section hike for next 10 days to train for the full hike thru next year.
    Thanks
    Dave

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  9. I have never been so inspired to “go for it” than now! Your video’s are both helpful and full of passion for the life! I leave for the Azt in two weeks northbound. Northbound pct next season only to hop into kayak and paddle down to San Diego.

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  10. Recently started camping again (my oldest child discovered she loved it on her first trip) and your videos have been a great help. Got a lot of great “tips and tricks” on both gear and packing. Keep it up.

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  11. Darwin just wanted to let you know my friend and I hiked 60 miles on the trail starting in Springer Mountain and it was very tough lot harder than I thought but absolutely had a great time. Just wanted to thank you for all your videos they helped out a lot with the planning and my supplies and gear. Going to try to do a some more at the end of the September so keep up the good videos thanks again.
    Dave

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  12. Hi Darwin, i am blaming you (in a good way) for my wanting to start the pct thru hike in about 18 months. Im loving your video too, helping me a lot. I have a couple of questions; 1, what do you think would be the best boots to use for the entire trip ? 2, and probably the more important question is, will 18 months be enough time to train for it… haveing never done more than a 4 week camping/ trecking trip? Again thank you man you are truly frigging awesome.

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  13. Also random question but do you know if i will have to obtain an exteded visa to have enough time for the hike, im from the uk so i can get a 6 month one, do you think that would be long enough?

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  14. Hey Darwin,
    I discovered your videos after completing the Lafayette Ridge trail in NH with 3 of my sons. We were blown away when we emerged on Little Haystack! The views! The emotional lift!
    Any advice for another day or 2 day hike for us? Thanks! Keep the videos coming!

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