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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oh, Give Me a Home

Western Contemplations
Author: Ann Ronald
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806137995
Category: History
Page: 269
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A realistic but nostalgic look at the land that is as much a state of mind as it is an actual place examines what it means to be a westerner today and how present actions are shaping the landscapes, institutions, culture, and potential of the American West for future generations. Original.

Grand Canyon Treks

12,000 Miles Through the Grand Canyon
Author: Wynne Benti
Publisher: Spotted Dog PressInc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Travel
Page: 288
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Full of commentary of his many and varied explorations including maps and photographs, this book is a must for anyone aspiring to hike remote areas of the Grand Canyon.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (With Original Drawings & Photographs)

Adventure Memoirs, Travel Sketches & Wilderness Studies
Author: John Muir
Publisher: e-artnow
ISBN: 8026847563
Category: Travel
Page: 275
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This carefully crafted ebook: “A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (With Original Drawings & Photographs)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. During his numerous travels across the North America John Muir left behind a several travel books and travel reports. In September 1867, Muir undertook a walk of about 1,000 miles from Indiana to Florida, which he recounted in his book A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf. He had no specific route chosen, except to go by the "wildest, leafiest, and least trodden way I could find”. Earlier that year, an accident changed the course of his life when a tool he was using slipped and struck him in the eye. He was confined to a darkened room for six weeks, worried whether he would ever regain his sight. When he did, he saw the world and his purpose in a new light. Muir later wrote, "This affliction has driven me to the sweet fields. God has to nearly kill us sometimes, to teach us lessons." From that point on, he determined to be true to himself and follow his dream of exploration and study of plants. John Muir (1838-1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization.

Dead Man's Walk

A Novel
Author: Larry McMurtry
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451606559
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
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Dead Man's Walk is the first, extraordinary book in the epic Lonesome Dove tetralogy, in which Larry McMurtry breathed new life into the vanished American West and created two of the most memorable heroes in contemporary fiction: Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call. As young Texas Rangers, Gus and Call have much to learn about survival in a land fraught with perils: not only the blazing heat and raging tornadoes, roiling rivers and merciless Indians but also the deadly whims of soldiers. On their first expeditions--led by incompetent officers and accompanied by the robust, dauntless whore known as the Great Western--they will face death at the hands of the cunning Comanche war chief Buffalo Hump and the silent Apache Gomez. They will be astonished by the Mexican army. And Gus will meet the love of his life.