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Colin Fletcher

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Re: Colin Fletcher
« Reply #30 on: January 24, 2017, 11:34:09 PM »
Just finished Walking Man, Wehrman's 2016 biography of Colin Fletcher. If you have any interest in Fletcher, I strongly encourage you to read this book. I don't see how it's possible to understand him without it. I certainly didn't. At 590 pages, it's not a quick read. But it's smooth, if close to exhaustive.

Fletcher was much stranger than I realized, and came from a very difficult background. All in all, he did as well or better than he could have hoped with his life. Certainly he deserves the moniker, Founder of Modern Backpacking. He also deserves a place in the pantheon of American nature writers and environmental heroes.

His death was a tragic waste. I tried to correspond with him after the accident, but it's clear to me now that he couldn't reply. It's also clear to me that he and I have more than a little in common in our idiosyncrasies.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

Re: Colin Fletcher
« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2017, 07:32:08 PM »
Yeah, i really enjoyed the book, in spite of all its misspellings/typos which i chalk up to its self-published nature. Really filled in some gaps in my knowledge of his life. Also inspired me to order and read Thousand Mile Summer, one of his only works I hadn't yet read.

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Re: Colin Fletcher
« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2017, 07:53:23 PM »
Yeah, i really enjoyed the book, in spite of all its misspellings/typos which i chalk up to its self-published nature. Really filled in some gaps in my knowledge of his life. Also inspired me to order and read Thousand Mile Summer, one of his only works I hadn't yet read.

Haha, Gorpchomper! I'm re-reading it right now. Same reason. The bio saddened me a bit, but you know, we're all who we are. Individuals. Sui Generis.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

 


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