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.
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
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
The colors were amazing; every one was represented. The oaks had turned fire engine red, bright yellow, and blaze orange. Green pines were scattered
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
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
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
It's that time again. The trillium are blooming, mayapple are opening like umbrellas and the mountain laurel are dropping tiny teacups onto the
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
Zero days are some of the busiest and most exciting days of your hike. After all, when you're out in the woods all you're doing is walking, right?
The trail changes you. There is no doubting that. You've heard it so many times you probably take it for granted. Or, maybe you're excited about it,