Darby is a native of the Upstate of South Carolina. While growing up in the foothills of Appalachia, he spent most of his free time at his great uncle's cabin. His great uncle was born in 1903 and lived in the cabin without running water or electricity. His ancestors were homesteaders in the foothills; therefore, he learned the old ways from first hand experience that can now only be found in books.
After graduating high school Darby joined the US Army as a Scout. He served in the US Army from 1998 to 2018 and retired. As a scout for 20 years in Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) platoons, he deployed several times to both Iraq and Afghanistan and earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
He has honed his outdoor skills everywhere he’s lived from SC, NC, GA, MS, KS, KY, and CA. After his retirement, he spent a year in Wyoming solo camping, hunting, and fishing alpine lakes all while exploring the backcountry wilderness. He is an avid fly fisherman, always chasing trout in remote waters in addition to being a fly tyer, kayaker, black powder hunter, and leather worker.
He also owns Lindler Leatherworks & Bushcraft, which is a business focusing on custom leather outdoor gear for fishing, hunting, and bushcrafting. He believes in practical, common sense, survival and outdoors skills, and that your mind and attitude are the greatest tools you carry with you.