Father of Modern Backpacking Dies

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  1. General Sherman

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    http://www.backpacker.com/article/11007

    "Colin Fletcher, author of The Complete Walker and The Man Who Walked Through Time and the person many consider to be the father of modern backpacking, died June 12 of natural causes at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, CA. He was 85."

    I learned a heck of a lot from his books and so did a lot of others.
     
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    Thanks for the link. He led an interesting life. In this day of cell phones, blackberries, laptops etc. spending time in the wilderness is still a top priority for many of us.
     

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    He was a great inspiration.
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    I did. It influenced my life well beyond just backpacking.

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  5. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    Both of those books were wonderful keepers, along with the various sequels (II, III, & IV) to The Compleat Walker and also The Thousand Mile Summer.

    The concepts are timeless.
    On my second trip down into the Grand Canyon, I followed his advice about the joys of non-photography. Free from fiddling with my modern gadgets, I experienced the environment in a live-for-the-moment mood, instead of merely gathering photos to show off to those who prefer to stay home. Freedom. One tiny example from thousands of nuggets of his wisdom.
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