Colin Fletcher Lives

Posted by: Lonerock

Colin Fletcher Lives - 07/21/16 03:38 PM

The book Walking Man: The Secret Life of Colin Fletcher by Robert  Wehrman is finally  out in ebook on Amazon Kindle and should soon be out in printed form. I know the author and had the privilege to read an early draft of the book. It tells the amazing story of a person often referred to as the father of modern backpacking. He backpacked the length of California long before the PCT was even a concept. He was the first person to backpack the entire length of the Grand Canyon National Park. In his late 60s he solo backpacked and rafted the Colorado River from its source to the end.  He also wrote the popular the Complete Walker series.The book is more than a listing of his feats. It is the very personal look at an unusual and often  very eccentric  person who went from serving in the army in Wales to various adventures in Africa  to his move to Canada and finally the U.S.  He was also an outspoken environmentalist. The biography is based on Colin's personal notes that he kept almost daily plus interviews with his book agent and close friend plus other friends and neighbors. By the end of the book you will feel like you were there with him through his travels and adventures. I highly recommed this book to hikers, backpackers and those who have a connection to nature. 
Posted by: aimless

Re: Colin Fletcher Lives - 07/21/16 03:55 PM

I have no doubt this would be a fascinating book about an exceptional man.

I would quibble with your assertion that he hiked the length of California "long before the PCT was even a concept". The earliest proposals for a long distance trail from the Mexican to Canadian border date back as far as 1926, while Colin's epic hike was several decades later. This doesn't detract from his accomplishments. The PCT still did not exist as a continuous trail when Colin hiked his Thousand Mile Summer, and he chose a demanding route of his own devising.
Posted by: Rick_D

Re: Colin Fletcher Lives - 07/21/16 03:57 PM

Will watch for it, thanks for the tip!

I'm one of millions who pored over The Complete Walker, the rare balance of technique, gear and yarns aplenty, all written with a certain twinkle in his eye. Have always wondered whether he and Ansel Adams ever crossed paths. A pairing for the ages, that would have been.

Posted by: shuddleson

Re: Colin Fletcher Lives - 07/23/16 09:02 AM

A fan since the early 70's. Just purchased this biography and looking forward to reading it.
Posted by: Glenn Roberts

Re: Colin Fletcher Lives - 07/23/16 05:30 PM

Purchased it two nights ago, when I saw your post - I'm not disappointed yet. In fact, the biographer's writing style is quite reminiscent of Fletcher's. I'm not sure if that's intentional, or just something that happens when you read enough of Fletcher (yes, I drank the Fletcherade. smile )
Posted by: Lonerock

Re: Colin Fletcher Lives - 07/28/16 08:44 PM

Just an update to let everone know that the paperback edition is available for pre-order on Amazon. If you go to their site you can preview portions of the book through "look inside" feature.
Posted by: Glenn Roberts

Re: Colin Fletcher Lives - 07/28/16 09:28 PM

I also noticed that Fletcher's books, which weren't on Kindle for a long time, are now available in that format, too.

So far, still an interesting book.
Posted by: Lonerock

Re: Colin Fletcher Lives - 07/29/16 07:46 PM

I know that there are several books that Colin wrote that never got published and are being stored at UC Santa Cruz. It would be great to someday see some of these published.
Posted by: GrumpyGord

Re: Colin Fletcher Lives - 07/30/16 07:20 AM

I enjoy his books but he is much more into navel gazing than I am. He will just sit in one spot for a few days to get in the proper mood and the proper frame of mind. Not my style at all.