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by Colin Fletcher

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Colin Fletcher
Vintage; Reissue edition (May 14, 1989)
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The Thousand-Mile Summer book.

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California Hiking: Colin Fletcher's The Thousand-Mile Summer

California Hiking: Colin Fletcher's The Thousand-Mile Summer. California Serendipity. With maps accompanying each chapter, drawn by Fletcher’s cartographer david Lindroth, more than 100 photos, and with stories from the trail, Cohrs tells a compelling tale of one of the most varied and fascinating regions on our planet. Yet, as the title reveals, California serendipity is more than a hiking guide that lays Fletcher’s original route at your feet for the first time. It takes the reader on a crash course through the state’s early history and its unique nature into finding the only true answer to Fletcher’s concern whether his 1958-trip could ever be repeated.

Colin Fletcher had a simple solution to the tedium of civilized live. In fact he enjoyed the "walk". Colin Fletcher is an excellent writer and this book is, in my opinin, is one of his best

Colin Fletcher had a simple solution to the tedium of civilized live. He simply decided to walk the length of California from south to north. Including the Mojave Desert and Death Valley. Colin Fletcher is an excellent writer and this book is, in my opinin, is one of his best.

Colin Fletcher’s Thousand-Mile Summer Revisited .

I was so inspired reading about his contemplative hike through the deserts and the Sierra that I decided to celebrate with a 50th-anniversary voyage. I vowed to retrace Fletcher’s footsteps and find out if he was right in stating that this trip could never be repeated.

His first book, The Thousand-Mile Summer (1964) recounted his 1958 .

His first book, The Thousand-Mile Summer (1964) recounted his 1958 hike along the entire eastern edge of California. His second book was The Man Who Walked Through Time (1968), in which Fletcher was the first person to walk a continuous route through Grand Canyon National Park. The book covered such topics as technique, the journey itself, and reflections which included the concept, after weeks of walking, of achieving a state of mentally "merging" with the place that one is visiting

Colin Fletcher (1922–2007) was born in Wales and educated in England.

Colin Fletcher (1922–2007) 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.

The Thousand-Mile Summer. Published by Howell-North Books, Berkeley, California, 1964. Condition: Fine Hardcover. From Stone Soup Books (Camden, ME, .

An adventurer who undertook a six-month solitary walk through the terrains of California, records the events of his journey
  • One of my all time favorites. If you’re a walker, this should rank right up there with Muir and Thoreau. Colin Fletcher was the first of the modern “walking writers” and he set a high hurdle for those who followed. I’ve read every book he ever wrote, including the original “The Complete Walker”. Mr Fletcher mixes wisdom, insight, humor and technical knowledge in such a unique blend that it’s never certain if he’s writing a novel, a travel guide, a text book, a magazine article, or a personal journal entry. I love it. Nothing else comes close. He’s been my guiding light for over 40 years.

  • I think this book is out of print (?) - I was lucky enough to get a second hand copy. What a delightful writer Colin Fletcher is! I had already read his "The Man Who Walked Through TIme" but I think this earlier one is better - a light touch, beautiful word pictures. Details of the landscape and the hike itself are used as part of the narrative, but not in a ponderous, overly structured way. Fletcher - a Brit and an ex WW2 soldier - doesn't assume he's writing for fellow hikers who will be fascinated by gear descriptions, he's writing for a general audience. His descriptions of encounters with people and animals are highly entertaining! I was left with images in my mind as clear as if I'd seen a film, or clearer perhaps, as my mind can create in 3D and include wind and temperature and sensation!! I cannot recommend this wonderful little book highly enough. Fletcher apparently wrote the book some time after the journey, so the story told is tempered by time and perspective and is, I think, the better for it. He is a self-effacing, humble, sensitive, intelligent and humorous companion as he leads gently through this desert land. I was sad to learn that Colin Fletcher has passed away, and that he was severely injured by being hit by a car while crossing a road in a city (!) in his latter years. Here's a little sample - Fletcher is struggling along a desert road in a violent storm, battling rain, wind and stinging flung sand. "The light was failing when a car pulled up beside me, closed tight against my world of freshness and effort. The window slid down and I found myself looking along a sumptuous, chrome-filled dash. Cigarette smoke hung in warped, blue layers. The radio billed and cooed. It was like the first moment inside a nightclub." Here's another. "A girl of about seven was towing a toy wagon in wild circles. In the wagon sat a young goat. The girl was sunburnt and blue-eyed and puckish. The goat was brown and semi-cooperative. As I stepped through the gate, the girl saw me and stopped. The goat looked up gratefully." Just a couple of samples at random, but the book is full of such gems. I think I might read it again, just for the joy of it!

  • IMHO the Fletcher book "The Man who Walked Through Time" is the best journey book ever written. Not a hint of trying to impress ther reader, expert at putting you there with him, informative on techniques, and introduces the concept of mentally merging with the place, a state that takes days or weeks of solitude to achieve. The Thousand Mile Summer" is very similar and 99% as good. It's not right that such an excellent book by a prominent author is out of print.

  • While living in the Seattle area during the 90's, I ended up reading Fletcher's 1000 Mile Summer. Each Winter to avoid depression, I found myself re-reading this book. One question kept coming to my mind, "why in 1958 would anybody walk through California when they had cars back then?" Thinking and hoping that I may be able to contact Colin and find the answer, against all the naysayers and friends saying it was not possible, I attempted to contact Colin Fletcher. That in itself was a two year adventure.

    Finally, one day he returned my call, and thus started a series of questions and answers, that to this day, I am still fascinated with.

    The quick answer to my question "why/who would walk?" is really found by walking the length of California, not in reading his book(s). So in 1999, while everyone was getting ready for the end of the world, I was packing for "my" 1000 Mile Summer walk through California. I now have the answer to my question.

    I have read all of Fletcher's books, most articles written about him, and have spoken with him several times both in letters and in phone conversations. What a fascinating character! Also, "The Man From The Cave," was in my opinion one of his best books and would recommend reading it as well.

    Though he and I disagreed with life and our purposes in it, I certainly found a kindred spirit. I wish him the best wherever Death's travels take him.

    Was a sad day for me when I read he had passed, walking "his 1000 mile walk" was life changing for me and hoping one day YOU will be writing a review about MY book when it is published.

    UPDATE 8-22-12 Recently, while walking in the South Cascades near Ashland Oregon, I found myself lost in thought again questioning Fletcher's observations in life. I still believe he missed out on so much. Though this book is still a must read, I believe his observations, at least with regards to his other book, The Man Who Walked Through Time, is less interesting/convincing for those that are honest in trying to "Find their way" in this life today. HONEST being the key word here. I have found his foundational truths, or starting points to be faulty at best.

    Though I felt somewhat enlighten originally, I have since found a more solid starting point to ask the question, "Why would______ ?" Should you, like someone did for the 50th anniversary, walk California seeking answers to Life's questions, be willing to be honest and truthful when hearing the answers found along the trail. Like gold in the desert, they are out there waiting for you to find them.

  • A well-written book, really helped kick my winter blues, wanting to hit the trail. My only complaint is that the majority of the book takes place during his desert portion of the trip. I figured he would spend more time on his experiences in the high country of the Sierras, my favorite place in the world! The Sierras were only a small segment of the story, and although I enjoy the desert just as much as the next guy (I happen to live in it), I would have found the book more interesting had he elaborated on his time from Death Valley to the Oregon border.