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.
The remarkable classic of nature writing by the first man ever to have walked the entire length of the Grand Canyon.
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Two features of this book endure after reading it: Fletcher himself - transformed from an overweight body and flabby mind into a bronzed, lean observer and the enormity of solo walking the Grand canyon, By doing so he gains empathy for those who who have come before him. We are fortunate because we can follow him on his journey and learn as we do.
After reading this book we quit our jobs and went on the road!
Maybe too much subject? Maybe the desert heat caused him to ramble? I just found it flat. There wasn't the interaction between hiker and subject you would expect to find I wasn't expecting "Wild" but maybe more of a passion for what he was feeling in that unbelievable place. It's not a travel log, but it isn't a mystical experience either.