Gary Sizer

I'm Gary Sizer, a.k.a. Green Giant, backpacker, amateur astronomer and writer. I am the author of Where's the Next Shelter?, the story of my 2014 thru hike and all of the incredible people I met along the way.

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Great Walks in History

Great Walks in History

The climb out of any trail town is always a little brutal. Your belly is a bit bigger than usual, your food bag is fuller, and it's always uphill. It

Dec 19th : Gary Sizer
Reddit AMA with The Real Hiking Viking at 7PM (EST) on 5/31/2016!

Reddit AMA with The Real Hiking Viking at 7PM (EST) on 5/31/2016!

"AMA" stands for Ask Me Anything. This is your chance to "interview" The Hiking Viking. I'll come back here and share the link when the fun begins. (E

May 30th : Gary Sizer
Appalachian Trail Kick Off 2016

Appalachian Trail Kick Off 2016

This past weekend, March 4-6, people from all over visited Amicalola Falls State Park for 2016's annual Appalachian Trail Kick Off Event.  Some came t

Mar 8th : Gary Sizer
Why the AT?

Why the AT?

You've heard about the white blazes. You've seen the pictures of breathtaking views taken from mountaintops. You know about the rocks and the rain and

Jan 24th : Gary Sizer
A Hike Too Short – Walking a Section One Year After Katahdin

A Hike Too Short – Walking a Section One Year After Katahdin

The colors were amazing; every one was represented. The oaks had turned fire engine red, bright yellow, and blaze orange.  Green pines were scattered

Nov 23rd : Gary Sizer
Wilderness Safety: The Whistle

Wilderness Safety: The Whistle

I recently spent a week camping at Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia. I was fully loaded and on my way in, maybe ten or fifteen minutes into the

Aug 17th : Gary Sizer
Has anyone ever…? (Talking through the pre-hike jitters)

Has anyone ever…? (Talking through the pre-hike jitters)

During the weeks and months preceding the start of hiking season, forums everywhere buzz to life, like the bees in spring. Wide eyed first timers desc

Jun 23rd : Gary Sizer
Somewhere In The Middle

Somewhere In The Middle

The next time you walk in a straight line, stare at a point in the distance and notice how much the objects in your periphery are bouncing. Of course,

May 20th : Gary Sizer
Don’t Tread on Me: The Eastern Newt

Don’t Tread on Me: The Eastern Newt

It's that time again. The trillium are blooming, mayapple are opening like umbrellas and the mountain laurel are dropping tiny teacups onto the trail.

May 1st : Gary Sizer
6 Ways to NOT Annoy Your Fellow Hikers

6 Ways to NOT Annoy Your Fellow Hikers

Practice Leave No Trace This one is so obvious that most of you can’t believe it’s even in the list. The only concept pounded into our pre-hike heads

Apr 6th : Gary Sizer