FatManLittleTrail: Meet Greg Sakowicz

Greg Sakowicz's journey into the outdoors might not have been an easy one, but it is inspiring and has helped many others begin their own journeys. Despite discomfort and the hesitancy to join a community where he wasn't sure he would fit in, Greg began his hiking endeavors. Utilizing the discomfort as motivation to keep on keeping on, Greg took the trails by storm, and continued to pursue this new hobby, and turn it into a lifestyle. Along the way, Greg founded FatManLittleTrail, a space where he shares his adventures, inspires people and offers tips and advice for those who want to get started on a similar journey, and to allow folks to follow along with his continued hiking adventures as an advocate for inclusivity in the outdoors.

We were lucky enough to chat with Greg about his journey so far, and what he plans to conquer next!

 

Hi Greg, Can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background?

Hello, my name is Greg and founded the website Fatmanlittletrail.com(S'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre).  I have lived in Colorado for the last nine years but grew up in the Midwest and moved here for work.  For the first seven years I was a non-stop work person.  I think I went to the mountains maybe 4 or 5 times in those first 7 years.  Then I had a work injury that ultimately led to me losing the job I had done for nearly 20 years.  I was out of work and a pandemic hit and I was pretty lost.  Everything was closed except for the outdoors.

I have always had issues with my weight as an adult and was always a bit scared of the outdoors but I knew I couldn’t just sit around watching TV and decided I needed to hit the trails.  Fast forward two years later and I have taken something that was so far outside of my comfort zone, hiking and the outdoors, and have made it into my motivation.  I spend as much time as I can in the outdoors with the hope of trying to inspire others to make lifestyle changes that can help them as much as the outdoors have helped me.