A collection of articles by/about Colin Fletcher

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  1. NevadaBlue

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    I am currently reading ‘The Thousand Mile Summer’ by Fletcher. This led me to snoop out more info on him.

    This link goes to a page with a large number of articles about or by Colin Fletcher. Each page shown is a link to a pdf file.

    http://colinfletcher.com/memorabilia/

    Also there are a bunch of his photos. An example:

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    Fletcher started me into backpacking in the early 70's in California. The Complete Walker was my bible and I wish I could have met him. I have all his books and you might be interested in Walking Man, The secret life of Colin Fletcher by Robert Wehrman.
     
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    I really enjoyed Colin's writings. The Complete Walker is the most comprehensive book ever written on foot travel and even though much of the content is a bit dated now, I still recommend it to everyone.

    This was a good read, as well.

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    I currently have the 4th edition of the Complete Walker after my 1st edition got misplaced some how over the years. good stuff...
     
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    Always enjoyed reading Fletcher, someone here picked my collection of his books a while back. Good Reads for sure!
     
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    I bought an Optimus 80 after reading The Complete Walker, used it twice and was satisfied. Colin was hit by a car and spent his last days in a nursing home as I recall...sad!
     
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    I think I have every edition of The Complete Walker and reread them regularly. While the content is a little dated, his personality comes through every page. BTW I like hiking poles about as much as he did. Thanks for posting this.
     
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    Like others I was greatly influenced by Fletcher. I had read other "how to" backpacking books before reading his, but I especially liked the personal touch he provided in his books. Svea 123 for me because of him!

    Other items like Sigg cookset, walking staff and so on. I remember his bamboo staff he described and having used it for years. I don't know of any specific item other than the Svea I bought because of his description, but I got his philosophy. He was a skilled writer.
     
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    I too was a Fletcher follower - the Complete Walker got me started and I soon got many of his other books and still have them. I want to get a copy of California Serendipity - The Thousand Mile Summer Revisited. It would have been great to meet him. Also, yes he was hit by an SUV but for several years was recovering at home and out walking some though I don't think on any hikes.

    As far as gear, based on his books I bought a Svea 123R and a Wilderness Experience e-frame pack.

    When I look at those pics on the website I'm seeing a man who did most of the PCT when it wasn't even a trail - very cool.
     
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    Thanks for the link, brings back some serious memories from the mid to late 70’s when I first discovered backpacking.
     
  11. NevadaBlue

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    I lost my original copies of his books somewhere over the years. He was my go-to resource for good information when I was hiking in the late 60s. Miss those times.
    So, I started replacing the books. I am looking for an affordable copy of ‘through time’ and ‘cave man’.
     
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    Me too
     
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    The Walking Man is a good book. I recommend it. I have The Complete Walker 3 and 4, The Thousand Mile Summer, The Man Who Walked through Time, River, and The Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher.
     
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    Yup, that and Walking Softly in the Wilderness: The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking.
     
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    Original copy (used): https://www.amazon.com/man-who-walk...e+man+who+walked+through+time,+colin+fletcher

    Reasonably priced. :)
     
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    Thanks for posting this! I love his books and articles! I have the 1000 mile summer and the complete Walker second edition I think.
     
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    Colin was the Man, have read most of his stuff, thanks for the link @NevadaBlue.
     
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