Episode #68 – Damien and Renee Tougas (The Von Trapp Family)


Damien and Renee Tougas have always made sure that their children were able to experience the outdoors. So it seemed a fairly natural fit to take the entire family on the Appalachian Trail in 2014. To help fund their adventure they produced a high-quality video series that followed their journey.



For each member of the family, it was harder than they had expected. Despite their hardships–compounded when Renee had to leave the trail for much of the last 500 miles–they eventually forced their way to Katahdin, summiting triumphantly together once more as a family.



The children recognized their individual roles in the adventure, each having chores to attend to at the end of the day. Once Renee had left the team, she offered each child the option to quit but, to their credit, they battled on.



You can connect with the family in a multitude of ways.

Renee’s blog: http://renee.tougas.net/

Outsideways: https://outsideways.com/

Just click on the names to access theirOutsideways profiles: Damien and Renee

Renee’s Outsideways journal of their thru-hike (not yet complete):


Their excellent video series:



Dr Lynne shares a personal diabetes story and gives us signs to watch out for.


There is even an update from Jessa.

2 Comments on “Episode #68 – Damien and Renee Tougas (The Von Trapp Family)

  1. I loved hearing your interview with ‘The Von Trapp Family’. Renee is our daughter and thanks to she and Damien and the family, my husband, Derryl – a.k.a. Hammerhead – and I – Hot Pepper – got hooked on back-country hiking and were thrilled to join them for a couple sections of the AT. Thank you for sharing their story!

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