At 67 Colin had just come
through a heart problem and he wanted another grand journey. Colin is not much of a river rat, more a
hiker than the navigator of fast water.
But at 67 he recognized that he
was not as fit as he had been when he walked the length of the Grand
Canyon. Instead Colin started at the
headwaters of the Colorado River in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming and
piloted his raft all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. At times humorous, often reflective, this is
the story of a magnificent journey. If
you love the out of doors, this is a moving portrait of one man facing the
passage of time while reveling in the beauty that surrounds him
At age sixty-seven, Colin Fletcher, the guru of backpacking in America, undertook a rigorous six-month raft expedition down the full length of the Colorado River--alone. He needed "something to pare the fat off my soul...to make me grateful, again, for being alive." The 1,700 miles between the Colorado's source in Wyoming and its conclusion at Mexico's Gulf of California contain some of the most spectacular vistas on earth, and Fletcher is the ideal guide for the terrain. As his privileged companions, we travel to places like Disaster Falls and Desolation Canyon, observe beaver and elk, experience sandstorms and whitewater rapids, and share Fletcher's thoughts on the human race, the environment, and the joys of solitude.
About the Author
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. 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.