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Fat Man Little Trail

By Greg Sakowicz
Just a fat guy who hikes a lot talking about the mental and physical benefits of the outdoors. For more check out my website at
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Explore, Hike, Teach with Miriam
This week on the Podcast we Explore, Hike and teach with Miriam. Miriam is an educator and hiker from Utah who does a tremendous job of helping others explore the trails. We talk about what got her into hiking in the first place, some of her favorite places to go and more!  #hiking #adventure #outdoors #trekking #podcast #outdoorspodcast #hikingpodcast #explore #nature #wander
June 15, 2022
Table To Trail: Plant Based Recipes for Day Hikers with Marty Cowan
Finding good food to take with you on a hike can always be a challenge. Trail Mix and energy bars can only go so far. Marty Cowan is trying to change that. She wrote the book - Table to Trail: Plant Based Meals for Day Hikers. This book focuses on easily transportable meals you can cook ahead and have a nice picnic out on the trails. We talk about the book, having a plant based diet, and what motivated Marty to make some lifestyle changes and how she has stuck to the plan for over a decade.  A really fun conversation.  You can purchase her book here:  #hiking #adventure #trail #food #podcast #nature #plantbased #outdoors #snacks #cookbook
June 03, 2022
Hiking Alone not Lonely Hiking
Hiking can be a great activity with friends or a truly satisfying solo adventure. This week on the podcast I go over one of my blogs, Hiking Alone Not Lonely Hiking. I have spent a lot of time on the trail by myself and it is an amazing feeling that might be perfect for some.  The contrast to life in a busy city to a quiet and still trail are always something I have enjoyed.  That and the Hike of the week in this weeks podcast.  #hiking #hikes #nature #outdoors #adventure #trekking #wanderlust #podcast #exploremore #hikemoreworryless
May 27, 2022
Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Donations from the Colorado Lottery with Director Tom Seaver
Most people who enjoy Outdoor Recreation in Colorado don't realize how much of what they enjoy is actually funded by the Colorado Lottery.  I spoke with the Director of the  lottery, Tom Seaver, about the unique program that has provided BILLIONS of dollars for outdoor organizations throughout Colorado.  We talk about the program itself and a fraction of the projects that it is currently helping to fund.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much of the lands that we all enjoy from playgrounds to state parks have been supported by this project.  A very fun and informative interview.  #outdoors #outdoorrecreation #nature #colorado #hiking #podcast #interview #parks #playgrounds  #coloradolottery
May 20, 2022
Hiking challenges and 13 Hikes.
Hiking and Lifestyle challenges have become and important motivating factor in people's health and wellness journey.  For some people dedicating a day every week may be a bit much. There is anew option to help keep you motivated on a smaller scale,  13 hikes is a hiking challenge and outdoor community geared at keeping people motivated to achieve their goals of increasing their mental and physical health.  #hiking #adventure #healthjourney #fitnessjourney #outdoors #nature #trekking #podcast #wanderlust
May 14, 2022
A Thousand Summers
As summer comes closer kids begin to get excited for camp but not every kid will be able to afford it.  Each year A Thousand Summers offers "camperships", or scholarships,  to allow children in need the chance to get to outdoor camps.  I spoke with Alyssa Street, who is the Development Director for A Thousand Summers, about the program and what you can do to help a child that might need help making it to camp. For more information check out  #hiking #outdoors #summercamp #camp #camps #outdoorcamps #adventure #explore #help #podcast
May 04, 2022
Waiting to Inhale
I have been off for a bit recovering from shoulder surgery and I have been missing the outdoors.  I spent the time recovering and did some writing on my website I wanted to take a moment to check in and read to you one of my recent posts as well as talk about one of my favorite hikes in the hike of the week segment.  #hiking #adventure #outdoors #nature #podcast #creativewriting #explorer #active #wilderness #mentalhealth
March 19, 2022
A Couple of "Hefty Hikers" with Nelson Holland from TikTok's Fatblackandgettinit
This week on the Podcast I talk with Nelson Holland. Nelson, a New York native, moved to Colorado and began a hiking program and started watching the pounds fall off.  We talked about our favorite hikes, the challenges of being a Hefty Hiker, what hiking means to both mental and physical health.  I had a great time talking with Nelson the first time and we are already planning on doing some hikes together. To see more of Nelson you can check out his TikTok here. If you enjoy this podcast make sure to like and share and if you would like to support the podcast here is the link and thank you!  #hiking #weightloss #adventure #mentalhealth #outdoors #hikers #podcast #workout #trail #wanderlust #fat #exercise #goodvibes
February 23, 2022
Backcountry safety with Anna from Summit County Rescue Group
Hiking and outdoor recreation can be dangerous but there are simple ways to lessen the risks.  Anna volunteers with the Summit County Rescue Group, one of the teams tasked with finding backcountry recreationists when things go bad.  We talk about tips on how to stay safe, warning signs of danger, and the fact that many of the teams that are coming to help you are volunteers.  If you like to recreate in the outdoors this is one podcast you don't want to miss. Anna wasn't able to have video for the podcast because she was just too busy but the information is so important I had to put the video together to make sure that people have the information.  Some more information that we talk about in the hike can be found here:  Summit County Rescue Group:  Colorado Avalanche Information Center:  Colorado Search and Rescue:   If you travel in the backcountry or no someone who does please take a few minutes to listen to the podcast and please share and send it to someone to help keep them safe!  I have been on about 200 hikes in the backcountry and I still learned a ton from talking with Anna!  #hiking #outdoors #safety #outdoorsafety #nature #adventure #explore #backcountry #backcountrysafety #podcast #interview
January 28, 2022
Episode 203 Talking with my favorite Canadian - Tia on the Trail
This week on the Podcast I talk to Tia from  Tia spent time working on a glacier, mushing some sled dogs and plenty of nights on thru hikes.  I also ask Tia about the differences between hiking in Canada and the US and if it is true that everyone in Canada knows Ryan Reynolds.  It is a fun time with one of my favorite podcast authors.  #hiking #adventure #hikes #thruhikes #thruhiking #outdoors #sleddogs #mushing #podcast #explore #Trekking #trails
January 21, 2022
A chat with musician Adam Harris Thompson
Adam Harris Thompson is a singer/songwriter and lover of the outdoors.  His travels have taken him around the country and helped to inspire the songs he performs. We talk about hiking, singing at the grand canyon, a little bit about the music business and Adam even sings a couple of songs!    A great conversation and some great music!  Note: I had some internet problems and a couple of glitches in the recording but the podcast was going so well that it was worth it to keep going! #music #hiking #outdoors #nature #adventure #explore #singer #songwriter
January 14, 2022
Looking Back and Looking Forward New Years Style
Season two of the podcast is upon us.  This first podcast of 2022 I discuss some of the accomplishments of 2021 and some of the things I am looking forward to in 2022.  Plus, this weeks hike of the week.  #podcast #outdoors #nature #adventure #explore #hiking #hikes #nationalparks #newyearsresolutions
January 06, 2022
Exploring Europe Solo with Yaz from
A lot of people are looking to make a trip to Europe but might be hesitant because they don't want to travel alone.  Or are looking to travel around the states but are not sure about traveling alone.  This week I spoke to Yaz who hosts the website  Yaz has been travelling solo in Europe for awhile now and has some tips to make it the best trip possible.  Travel tips plus her favorite Thanksgiving dish and Yaz turns the table on me and asks me some rapid fire questions. #Travel #traveltips #outdoors #travellingEurope #solotravel #solotravelling #Europe #hiking #outdoors #podcast #travelpodcast
December 15, 2021
A chat with 52 Hike Challenge Co-Founder, Karla
The 52 Hike Challenge is a wonderful way to stay motivated and keep yourself accountable when starting a hiking program.  I am a two time finisher and the program helped me a lot to stick to my goal.  I was very excited to talk to the CO-Founder of the 52 Hike Challenge, Karla, about what the challenge is, how to join, and some of the added benefits that one can find from hiking.  If you are looking to get a jump on News Years resolutions or just hope to be inspired to be a bit more active this is the interview to listen to!  #hiking #52hikechallenge #nature #getoutside #health #mentalhealth #hikingmotivation #hike #outdoors
December 08, 2021
Winter Hikes and Winter Gear
I recently took a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and saw so many visitors ill prepared for hiking in the winter weather.  People were slipping on the snow and ice of the trails and didn't seem to be dressed properly for the blustery conditions.  I wanted to do a quick podcast of some of the tips I have learned in my year of hiking in the mountains of Colorado in the winter.  Plus a hike of the week that really had my legs shaking. #hiking #nature #outdoors #weather #winter #hikinggear #hikes #colorado #winterhiking #adventure #explore
November 22, 2021
Adventure on Us with John and Erica
I have met John and Erica through Instagram and have always enjoyed following them.  Well talking to them was like talking to old friends.  We talked about their experience hiking the John Muir trail, how hiking has improved their mental health, and the company they founded, Adventure On Us and how they are giving back to the hiking community.  #hiking #podcast #johnmuir #outdoors #leavenotrace #thruhiking #adventure #explore #nature
November 08, 2021
National Park Capable
If you are looking to be inspired look no further. I was able to speak with Amanda Powell of the upcoming website National Park Capable.  Amanda, who has Cerebral Palsy, has a goal of hiking all of the countries National Parks and putting together a website of accessible hikes for those who might need a bit of assistance.  She truly shows that the outdoors should be enjoyed by everyone! #hiking #inspiration #nature #outdoors
October 27, 2021
First Moose Sightings Other Wildlife Musings
Have you ever thought back to your excitement in seeing an animal in the wild for the first time? I took a trip with my Cousin and watched her react to seeing a moose for the first time and it was fun if not a little painful for me.  That story and my favorite animal around plus another good fall hike for my Colorado friends in this weeks podcast. #hiking #wildlife #explore #adventure #nature #outdoors
October 12, 2021
The first Night Hike and Fall Colors
I have done some morning hikes where the sun was coming up but I decided to give hiking at sun set a shot.  It gets dark quick!  I learned some very valuable lessons on my first hike in the dark but it ended up better than it started!  Also, in this weeks hike of the week I talk about an easy way to find some fall colors if you live in Colorado. #hiking #nature #outdoors #adventure #adventuretime #hikes #explore
October 01, 2021
Hiking with Kids with founder Kristin Tillack
This week on the Podcast I jump into a topic that I know very little about, hiking with kids!  My guest Kristin runs the website, and has some great advice and tips on hitting the trails with the younger ones in tow.  I certainly learned a lot and hope you do as well.   #hiking #hikingwithkids #kidshiking #hikes #hikingtips #raisinghikers #podcast #adventure #adventuretime #explore
September 08, 2021
14er's and recovery with Physical Therapist Cristin McGetrick
I sat down with Physical Therapist Cristin McGetrick and we discussed the differences between working out at sea level and at altitude. She gives some advice, that she forgets to take, on hiking Colorado's Iconic 14ers and how to prep and recover from strenuous exercise. #hiking #outdoors #mountains #exercise #workouts #recovery #physicaltherapy #mountainhiking #mountains
September 01, 2021
Living a Legend Life after 40 with Guest Damian Geleyns
This week in the Podcast I got to chat with Damian Geleyns who is the inspiring guy behind the website  Damian lives a life full of adventure and inspires many others as well! We talk about what motivated him to begin his active lifestyle, his goal and mission with Legend Life after 40, his new book, and his new project to help motivate other to live their best life, the 52 experiences challenge. I hope you join us for a bit of inspiration and good living vibes!  #hiking #outdoors #motivation #inspiration #ageisjustanumber #podcast #fitnessjourney #healthandfitness #workout #fitness
August 25, 2021
Change of Plans
It is important to be prepared when you go out on a hike or any outdoor adventure, but some times those plans have to change.  No matter the reason it is important to be prepared with a back up plan.  Sometimes that means not finishing a goal because it isn't safe. Sometimes you try and you fail a goal and that's OK. #hiking #nature #outdoors #adventure #explore #hikes #colorado 
August 18, 2021
Rocky Mountains and Estimations
I took a trip up to Rocky Mountain National Park and saw some wildlife but I'm not sure if it actually counts.  Plus, I discuss estimations on hikes and why everything always seems to be a half mile away.  Finally, the hike of the week takes us to Great Sand Dunes National Park.  #hiking #outdoors #nationalparks
August 11, 2021
How to Identify and Avoid bad weather on the trail
I had the opportunity to talk to Meteorologist Matt Makens about how to plan for, spot, and react to weather situations while out in nature.  Matt has some great advice on how to make you safer in the outdoors. #hiking #weather
August 04, 2021
The Return of the Podcast
After a bit of a hiatus I have returned to the podcast.  I talk briefly about my hiatus, my favorite hike of the week, The 52 Hike Challenge that is so special and motivating to me, and I have a suggestion for a blog that the east coasters might enjoy.
August 01, 2021
Time Entry and Reservations
With more and more parks moving towards a timed entry or reservation system I thought I would give you my opinions on that.  I also have a new hike of the week.  This time making our way to Bryce Canyon and some of the wonders there.
August 01, 2021
The Great Southwestern Roadtrip Part 7: Food, Holes and History
I got to eat at 2 very historic restaurants while also seeing the world's largest meteor crater and another stop at the petrified forest.
March 10, 2021
The Great Southwestern Road Trip Part 6: The bucket list
Finally had a day off and enjoyed a baseball game that has been on my bucket list for a long time. Got me thinking about bucket lists and what we can do to accomplish more on them.
March 09, 2021
The Great Southwestern Road Trip Episode 5: Hiking around Phoenix
Phoenix has some really popular trails but it can also be really crowded. It wasn't my favorite of areas to hike but it sure was challenging and a great work out!
March 08, 2021
The Great Southwestern Road Trip Episode 4: The Grand Canyon
I got to see the Grand Canyon at Sun Rise and it may have changed my life. Plus I actually got to hike down in the Canyon for a bit. Plus a hidden low traffic hike and Sedona on a Saturday is much dofferent than during the week!
March 07, 2021
The Great Southwestern Road Trip Part 3: Sedona and Horseshoe Bend
Starting with beautiful hikes in the Sedona are and making my way to way northern Arizona for Horseshoe bend only to find out that the next road I needed had beem closed which took me on a 2 hour detour
March 06, 2021
The Great Southwestern Roadtrip: Part 2
On this episode I talk about hiking in Santa Fe, church rock and the Petrified Forst state park. I also make a stop in Winslow Arizona to check the corners and am surprised by snow in Arizona. #hiking #roadtrip #Newmexico #arizona
March 05, 2021
The Great Southwestern Road Trip: Part 1
On my way to check boxes off the bucket list I visit Colorado's newest state park and am a bit surprised on my first trip to New Mexico and Santa Fe. #hiking #roadtrip #colorado #newmexico #santafe
March 04, 2021
To Pee or Not to Pee
With so many new hikers and people exploring the outdoors it is important to tackle the hard questions. This is the story about the first hike in which I had to make the decision to Pee or Not to Pee. A bit of humor and some helpful tips. #screwitimtrying #hiking #outdoors #couchtotrail
March 01, 2021
Screw It, I'm Trying
How does a fat guy start hiking?  Well it all comes down to a choice.  Screw It, I'm Trying has become a Mantra to get me off the couch and on to the trail.
February 27, 2021