In books such as The Complete Walker and The Man Who Walked Through Time, Colin Fletcher has established a reputation as a literate and witty apostle of roughing it. Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher is a highly personal celebration of solitary backpacking (and day walking, too), in the wild places of the world, and of all the attendant pleasures: of finding a foothold in difficult terrain, of catching a glimpse of an unsuspecting coyote, of healing the wounds that civilization inevitably inflicts on human nature—of simply “mucking about.” Overflowing with fresh descriptions of nature and with the wisdom of a curmudgeonly Thoreau, this book is a must for backpackers and all unconstrained spirits.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Colin Fletcher (1922–2007) was born in Wales and educated in England. He moved to California in 1956 after serving in the Royal Marines, farming in Kenya, surveying in Zimbabwe, and prospecting in northern and western Canada. He is the first man to have walked the length of Grand Canyon National Park within the canyon’s rim. He is the author of numerous books on walking and the outdoors, including The Thousand-Mile Summer, The Man Who Walked Through Time, River, The Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher, and three previous editions of The Complete Walker.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this book, Fletcher's attitude is a little different. In his "Complete walker, and his book on hiking the grand Canyon, he hiked to see the wild places all through the hike. In this book, Fletcher mor often has a destination and wants to appreciate the wildness of the destination. This is different than apreciating the entire hike equally. Fletcher now wants to stay in the wild place, not to keep hiking to check out what is around the bend. Hiking is now a tool. In "The Complete Walker" hiking was more the goal, not the tool to the goal.The stories are as usual, great.
Walking and writing of his short trips to secret places is the subject of this classic book. For Fletcher, walking achieves a quiet state of mind, an inner peace in which he exchanges the outer world for the cloth of nature. At the same time he reveals his fondness for places from the Redwoods to the wilds of Alaska. Although written a decade ago, you can read this book and experience second-hand meeting moose, caribou and grizzlies.