The Man Who Walked Through Time

The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon
Author: Colin Fletcher
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804152446
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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The remarkable classic of nature writing by the first man ever to have walked the entire length of the Grand Canyon.

Grand obsession

Harvey Butchart and the exploration of Grand Canyon
Author: Elias Butler,Thomas M. Myers
Publisher: Puma Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 457
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"Among his Grand Canyon disciples, Harvey achieved legendary status long before his death due to natural causes in May 2002. Ever since the 1950s, his name had been synonymous with mastery of the wild and Byzantine Grand Canyon back country. Here was someone who routinely stood at the rim of this mile-deep gorge and decided to find his own way to the bottom .... his greatest legacy was what he created for others -- 1079 typewritten pages in which he carefully recorded his treks -- a massive document that represents the fruits of nearly three year's worth of days spent indefatigably striding through the Canyon's unknown regions. Typed in a dense, meticulous voice, each page of Harvey's logbooks reveals a sharpened mind capable of photographically memorizing the minutiae of each side canyon, every turn in the Canyon's great form, each route he had found through its cliffs. Eventually Harvey's inveterate chronicling would become the basics for the first ever Grand Canyon back country guidebooks: Grand Canyon treks (1970), Grand Canyon treks II (1975) and Grand Canyon Treks III (1984)" -- Prologue.

River

One Man's Journey Down the Colorado, Source to Sea
Author: Colin Fletcher
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804152438
Category: Nature
Page: N.A
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At age sixty-seven, Colin Fletcher, the guru of backpacking in America, undertook a rigorous six-month raft expedition down the full length of the Colorado River--alone. He needed "something to pare the fat off my soul...to make me grateful, again, for being alive." The 1,700 miles between the Colorado's source in Wyoming and its conclusion at Mexico's Gulf of California contain some of the most spectacular vistas on earth, and Fletcher is the ideal guide for the terrain. As his privileged companions, we travel to places like Disaster Falls and Desolation Canyon, observe beaver and elk, experience sandstorms and whitewater rapids, and share Fletcher's thoughts on the human race, the environment, and the joys of solitude.

Walking Man

The Secret Life of Colin Fletcher
Author: Robert Wehrman
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483572293
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 620
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Walking Man is the only biography of Colin Fletcher, the man who walked through time. He was an iconic American folk hero best known as the first person to force a passage through the length of Grand Canyon National Park in one arduous solo journey. He was the world’s most famous long-distance walker. He was the first thru-hiker. Called the father of modern backpacking by Backpacker Magazine and others, Fletcher was the one who showed us the way—more than a million people followed his shadow into the green world. Born in Wales, he was in the first wave of British Marines to hit the beachhead in Normandy on D-Day. After the war he farmed in Kenya, prospected in British Columbia, and then began his writing career in California where he wrote and published ten books. Fletcher’s was a preeminent and powerful voice for environmental concerns on par with Edward Abbey and John Muir. He was to the outdoor world and its preservation, what Leonard Bernstein was to music, or Walter Cronkite to reporting. When Colin Fletcher had something to say, people listened. The impact of his work, while unacknowledged, is seen far and wide today. Although most of them don’t know it, the hordes of hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail today would not be there without Fletcher’s pioneering work.

The Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher


Author: Colin Fletcher
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804152454
Category: Travel
Page: 288
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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. His newest book 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.

Going Places: A Reader's Guide to Travel Narrative

A Reader's Guide to Travel Narrative
Author: Robert Burgin
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 161069385X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 572
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Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.

Hiking the Grand Canyon

A Detailed Guide to More Than 100 Trails
Author: John Annerino
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510715002
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 352
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Perfect for first-time visitors, day hikers, and seasoned canyoneers alike, expert hiker John Annerino’s Hiking the Grand Canyon is one of the most user-friendly and comprehensive guides to America’s premier natural wonder and UNESCO World heritage Site. • Fold-out map of Grand Canyon Trails • Color photographs and historical black and white photos • Vignettes of the Canyon’s Native Peoples, explorers, and trail blazers • Environment, geology, life zones, natural history, and sacred landmarks • Preparation, training, clothing, gear, food, maps, hazards, and precautions • Camping, lodging, guided trips, permits, and resources Featuring detailed, authoritative descriptions of more than one hundred of the Canyon’s best trails, from easier day hikes perfect for beginners to more rigorous, rim-to-river and cross-canyon treks.

The Emerald Mile

The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
Author: Kevin Fedarko
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439159866
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 448
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An award-winning Outside magazine writer documents the 1983 Colorado River flood that threatened the region with a catastrophic dam failure and prompted oarsman Kenton Grua's near-suicidal effort to navigate the turbulent waters of the Emerald Mile on a small wooden dory to achieve a world speed record.

The Complete Walker III

The Joys and Techniques of Hiking and Backpacking
Author: Colin Fletcher
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: 9780394722641
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 668
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Features a guide to the latest developments in backpacking equipment and provides practical information on hiking techniques, clothing, first aid, cooking, and selecting a campsite

Trail Of Feathers

Searching for Philip True
Author: Robert Rivard
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 0786735090
Category: History
Page: 448
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In December 1998, San Antonio Express-News reporter Philip True vanished during a solo backcountry trek in western Mexico, home of the reclusive Huichol Indians and the Chapalagana, the Twisted Serpent Canyon, a 150-mile long gash that twists and plunges through the heart of the Sierra Madre. Five days later his editor, Robert Rivard, was part of a small search party that, nearly miraculously, tracked a trail of feathers that had leaked from True's sleeping bag to find his body. Trail of Feathers is the story of the search for True and of the quest to bring his killers to justice. It is also the story of another perplexing mystery: Why had True taken such a dangerous trip, into such a raw, uncivilized wilderness, alone and without sufficient safety preparations, in the first place? After an unhappy and unsettled youth, True was at the age of fifty finally settling down to a career and a wife he loved. His first child was about to be born. What was he running from, or to? Rivard's search for answers to these questions leads him deep into the Sierra Madre Occidental, one of Mexico's last true wildernesses, and deep into the secrets of Philip True's past. It also leads him into his own past, and an acknowledgment of the ways in which his life and True's mirrored each other. Suspenseful, atmospheric, and moving, Trail of Feathers is more than a true crime tale; it's a classic tragedy about how the past reverberates destructively into the present — for individuals, for cultures, for nations.

Down the Great Unknown

John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon
Author: Edward Dolnick
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061760341
Category: History
Page: 400
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0n May 24, 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran named John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West. No one had ever explored the fabled Grand Canyon; to adventurers of that era it was a region almost as mysterious as Atlantis -- and as perilous. The ten men set out down the mighty Colorado River in wooden rowboats. Six survived. Drawing on rarely examined diaries and journals, Down the Great Unknown is the first book to tell the full, true story.

The Man from the Cave


Author: Colin Fletcher
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: N.A
Category: United States
Page: 325
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The discovery in a Nevada desert cave of what appeared to be a man's total belongings inspired this carefully researched account of a man who was a soldier, a prospector, and a wanderer

Over the Edge

Death in Grand Canyon : Gripping Accounts of All Known Fatal Mishaps in the Most Famous of the World's Seven Natural Wonders
Author: Michael Patrick Ghiglieri,Thomas M. Myers
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780984785803
Category: Social Science
Page: 586
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Gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World's Natural Wonders.

The Glass Castle

A Memoir
Author: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439156964
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Running Wild

An Extraordinary Adventure of the Human Spirit
Author: John Annerino
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
ISBN: 9781560251750
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 317
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The photojournalist describes his recovery from an ankle injury and his three-time run the length of the Grand Canyon despite doctors' claims he would never be able to run again

Read On-- Life Stories

Reading Lists for Every Taste
Author: Rosalind Reisner
Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated
ISBN: 9781591587668
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 175
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Offers descriptions of 450 published memoirs, grouped by such topics as setting, language, unusual childhoods, life in rural America, spiritual journeys, and family relationships.

Minus 148 Degrees, Anniversary Edition

First Winter Ascent of Mount McKinley
Author: Art Davidson
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 1594858659
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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CLICK HERE to download the first 50 pages from (Provide us with a little information and we'll send your download directly to your inbox) "This finely crafted adventure tale runs on adrenaline but also something else: brutal honesty." —The Wall Street Journal "I couldn't lay it down until it was all finished (12:40 a.m.!)... A fascinating and beautifully-written story." —Bradford Washburn * One of National Geographic Adventure's "The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time" * Spring 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount McKinley * New edition includes a revised preface, new prologue, and new afterword describing more recent winter attempts on McKinley In 1967, eight men attempted North America's highest summit: Mount McKinley (now known as Denali) had been climbed before—but never in winter. Plagued by doubts and cold, group tension and a crevasse tragedy, the expedition tackled McKinley in minimal hours of daylight and fierce storms. They were trapped at three different camps above 14,000 feet during a six-day blizzard and faced the ultimate low temperature of -148° F. Minus 148° is Art Davidson's stunning personal narrative, supplemented by diary excerpts from team members George Wichman, John Edwards, Dave Johnston, and Greg Blomberg. Davidson retells the team's fears and frictions—and ultimate triumph—with an honesty that has made this gripping survival story a mountaineering classic for over 40 years. Minus 148° is featured among many "best of" reading lists, including National Geographic Adventure's "The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of all Time." "At twenty-two I came to regard the first expedition to Mt. McKinley in the winter as a journey into an unexplored land. No one had lived on North America's highest ridges in the winter twilight. No one knew how low the temperatures would drop, or how penetrating the cold would be when the wind blew. For thousands of years McKinley's storms had raged by themselves." —Minus 148° This title is part of our LEGENDS AND LORE series. Click here > to learn more.

On Foot

Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories
Author: Rick Kempa
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780990527015
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 243
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"A wealth of adventures and discoveries await the readers of this, the first-ever anthology focusing on the Grand Canyon backpacking experience. In it, twenty seven writers offer authentic, close-up views of what it is like to be afoot on particular days in particular places within the vast canyon wilderness. Many of their stories illustrate as well a truth that veteran canyon hikers come to know: time spent beneath the rim, out of the press of human time, can change who you are and redirect how you live your life" -- p. ix.