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  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; Vintage Books Ed edition (1 Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679723064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679723066
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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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.

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In 1963 Colin Fletcher became the first man to walk the length of Grand canyon, below the Rim. It began with a dream, when he and a friend detoured from a cross-country trip to take a hurried look at the great natural wonder. Standing on the Rim, surrounded by the profound and almost mystical silence, Fletcher knew that something had happened to the way he looked at things. He also knew that the Canyon, with its depths and distances, cliffs, buttes, and hanging terraces, beckoned to him, calling him on a journey that would challenge both his body and his mind.

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Colin Fletcher's THE MAN WHO WALKED THROUGH TIME is as alluring as the Grand Canyon itself. Why? It successfully fuses human spirit with rock, water, bush, and animal. We walk the Tonto plateau above the Colorado River with Mr. Fletcher and even beyond because our senses are stimulated to wonder, sometimes worry, about what's around the next bend. We feel the heat, we experience the spiney shaft of a cactus plant, we see the ravens soar above in desert skies, and we pray that we will make it to the next cache of supplies and cool water. For those of us seemingly locked into the corporate world of time, pressure, and demands for productive performance, this book provides necessary relief. And yet, there are different pressures, different times, and different demands for productive performance in the midst of that incredibly alluring Grand Canyon far below the world of the rim. Time is measured in penetrating silence. Pressure is felt on the feet and in the stomach. High performance is demanded in scaling a steep angle of loose and crumbling rock.
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Colin Fletcher captures the magnificence of the Grand Canyon with his self effacing prose. The simplicity of his style belies the power of the content, the pace becomes addictive. Not for those poor souls looking for a tour guide, more for those of us seeking harmony with the natural world.A masterpiece.
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By A Customer on 25 May 1999
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Fletcher, supposedly the first man to walk the length of the Grand Canyon, below the Rim (seems unlikely), wrote a book about it. I must say I'm sorely disappointed in the result. It's horribly repetitive and boring, to begin with (he repeats his descriptions of how the Canyon formed again and again, for example). But my main objection is that Fletcher was determined before the trip began to have some sort of "break" with his old self, to become a new man, to have new heights of understanding. So every time he had some new impression of the Canyon, he would go on and on about how "now I had finally escaped the trivia of everyday life. Now at last I no longer needed to scrutinize the wildlife; I had become part of it," and so forth. And each time he would then begin to scrutinize the Canyon and have another grand Moment, and repeat himself about escaping the trivia again. All very tiresome; still there are some good scenes here, and his final chapter, consisting of his ruminations on Man, is pretty interesting. I just wish we had more of a memoir of what it was like to walk and live in the Canyon, not a diary of forced mystical epiphanies.
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Colin Fletcher immerses himself in the landscapes of the Grand Canyon in this first ever backpacking trip along its length. He becomes absorbed by his surroundings and describes his experiences beautifully. If you are a lover of wilderness, landscape, geology, wildlife, adventure, soul searching, or the written word I can heartily recommend this book to you. For me it was the best example of outdoors literature that I've read, and it has lingered long in my memory, which is why I write this, my first ever review. It is as relevant today as when it was first written.
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... through which materials and energies flow and eventually return to the environment." In a footnote towards the end of this book, Colin Fletcher says that he would like the subject quote to be his epitaph. It is one way of saying `you gotta do it now, we don't have forever.' He is now at least eligible for that epitaph, having led a full life, dying at the age of 85, in 2007. One of his "epitaphs" is that he is the "father" of the modern backpacker movement. Perhaps his most famous book is The Complete Walker IV. He also wrote The Thousand-Mile Summer: In Desert and High Sierra which told the story of his walk over the length of California, from south to north. The reviewed work is his account of his solo walk from the west to the east end of the Grand Canyon National Park, in 1963. He was 41 years old, and his claim to be the first to have ever accomplished this remarkable feat is almost certainly true.

This book is equal measures of a straight account of the programmatic and logistical issues involved in such an undertaking, coupled with philosophical musings on the meaning of life and our place in the universe. Overall, the combination worked for me. His journey was a solo one; he was also of the school that "the pleasures of travel do not go to the swift." It took him two months to complete his journey, and, as he states, if he was in a race, the trip probably could have been done in a month. But the more leisurely approach allowed for a number of "down" days lolling around camp.
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