The new complete walker: the joys and techniques of hiking and backpacking

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Knopf; [distributed by Random House], 1974 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 470 pages
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One of my favorite books as a teenager. Colin Fletcher took the details about backpacking equipment and wrapped them with colorful recollections from hiking. I have gone on to buy the later editions, but none of them have matched the magic I felt the first time I read the book.


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Colin Fletcher was born in Wales and educated in England. He moved to California in 1956 after serving in the Royal Marines, farming in Kenya, surveying in Zimbabwe, and prospecting in northern and western Canada. He is the first man to have walked the length of Grand Canyon National Park within the canyon's rim. He is the author of numerous books on walking and the outdoors, including "The Thousand-Mile Summer, The Man Who Walked Through Time, River, The Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher," and three previous editions of "The Complete Walker." He now lives in California.

Chip Rawlins has worked as a guide, outdoor instructor, range rider, firefighter, field hydrologist, and scientific editor. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Rawlins has written previous nonfiction books--"Sky's Witness: A Year in the Wind River Range" and "Broken Country: Mountains and Memory"--and poetry, with a recent award-winning book, "In Gravity National Park." He served as president of the Wyoming Outdoor Council and on the board of directors of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He lives in Laramie, Wyoming.

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