Will is an independent musician and backpacking enthusiast who was born and raised in Madison County, Iowa.


1999-2010: Led Iowa punk rockers Funks G

2011: Worked as a Wilderness Therapy Counselor in Vermont and released Songs from the North Country

2012: Released William Borg Schmitt and performed a month long tour of the Northeast and Midwest.

2013: Thru Hiked the Appalachian Trail

2014: Released Whispering Willows and completed 15 date March North tour of the Northeast

2015: Documented the California section of the Pacific Crest Trail at YourHappyWanderer.com

2016: Inaugural Spirit of Chautauqua tour and completed the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail

2017: Began the Riches are Free project and completed the Washington section of the Pacific Crest Trail, finishing a 3 year journey from Mexico to Canada.

2018: Released a Song of the Week for 24 consecutive weeks for World Food Program donations


After eight years away and many adventures throughout the United States, He's recently moved back home to Iowa to be closer to family.