About Fat Man Hikes

In late Spring of 2015, I was hiking up to Blanca Lake. To keep my mind occupied, I thought of how online trail descriptions didn’t exactly match with what I was experiencing. Most people who hike and make the trip reports are avid hikers, and probably in pretty good shape.

But what about us big guys on the trail? I’ve seen a few on the trail. I know they exist. I know there are many out there that want to hike (I was one for years). So there I was, one mile into a 4+ mile hike when I thought of it. A blog of my hikes, where I can describe the trails from a heavier point of view. For the rest of the hike, I thought of this idea. The name. Content. And before I knew it, I was halfway through the hike.

But what a view from halfway.

So that’s what you’ll find here. Hike reviews of trails from a big guy’s perspective. Trail hiking isn’t easy; you will work your butt off. But it’s time to stop wishing about doing it.

Get up. Get out.

If you’re still reading this, you better be drenched in sweat from hiking. I already told you to get up and out. That’s the only way you’ll get into hiking.

Gear Discussions

Assuming you are resting after a great hike, I’ll continue here. In addition to hike reviews, I’ll also write about gear that I use, my wife uses, or people I know use. Big guys need the right gear, too. We (big guys) also have different physical issues that need addressing. I run hot. I don’t need heavy shirts or pants or jackets when I hike. I’ll bet most big hikers don’t, either. We don’t cool down as efficiently, either. We sweat and sweat. That means clothes, packs, socks, underwear, and water bottles are all going to be stressed harder/different than average-sized hikers (read: HWP).

That’s the main purpose of this blog. To get bigger folks on the trail, and equip them the right gear. To get people to Get Up and Get Out.

See you at the top,

Fatman Himself



I’m 38 approaching 39 as of 2015. I’m 5’6″ and “obese” by the BMI calculator. Yet I’ve attempted Mt. Adams. I’ve climbed Mt. St. Helens. I walk daily and have carried a weighted pack on daily walks. I try to hike a different trail each weekend. I’ve hiked in the bear country of Montana. Hiking is challenging at times, but it’s a ton better than sitting on my keister all weekend.

*This is free advice. You are responsible for yourself and your health.*

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One thought on “About Fat Man Hikes

  1. Mike, love your site, awesome stuff man. Looking forward to you capturing hikes that are more my speed. Something like from the sofa to the beer fridge in Chris’ house :)

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