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The Man Who Walked Through Time is a remarkable classic of nature writing an account of a journey both physical and spiritual A detour from US 66 to visit the Grand Canyon on a June morning in 1963 inspired Fletcher to walk the length of the Canyon below the rim It is also a record of the Grand Canyon as it was before the massive influx of tourism Fletcher's descriptions of the spectacular geography the wildlife and the remnants of much older cultures serve to remind us that the Grand Canyon has been around longer than humankind and may well outlast us

10 thoughts on “The Man Who Walked Through Time The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon

  1. says:

    A really interesting travelogue varying from the technical to the contemplative The author walks upstream through the Grand Canyon some 50 years ago in some places where it is likely no one walked before His meditations on animals and geology are fascinating and while he didn't encounter any great mishaps Colin Fletcher presents himself as very human Perhaps the most amazing thing to me is that this book was constructed after his adventure from notes in a journalSelected this book from Vanya's top 10 books that influenced list and I can definitely see why she enjoyed it Recommended

  2. says:

    Fletcher supposedly the first man to walk the length of the Grand Canyon below the Rim seems unlikely wrote a book about it I must say I’m sorely disappointed in the result It’s horribly repetitive and boring to begin with But my main objection is that Fletcher was determined before he left to have some sort of “break” with his old self to become a new man to have new heights of understanding So every time he had some new impression of the Canyon he would go on and on about how “now I had finally escaped the trivia of everyday life Now at last I no longer needed to scrutinize the wildlife; I had become part of it” and so forth And each time he would then begin to scrutinize the Canyon and have another grand Moment and repeat himself about escaping the trivia again All very tiresome; still there are some good scenes here and his final chapter consisting of his ruminations on Man is pretty interesting I just wish we had of a memoir of what it was like to walk and live in the Canyon not a diary of forced mystical epiphanies

  3. says:

    I wish everyone who has ever visited the Grand Canyon would read this book The casual visitor who only sees the canyon from its rim will learn about the grottos the heat the side canyons the sweet scent of water and the nearly 2 billion year old mountain roots that form the unseen base of the canyon and all the millions of years of ocean silt and dust and dune sand that make up its upper reaches The reader will learn about night in the canyon and the path of the canyon and the tests of the canyon and the dreams and history and call of the canyon and the endurance and strength of will and spirit that it takes to meet that call If you are a backpacker bring this book in with you it's light enough to do so and you will appreciate Fletcher's ordeal even as you struggle in and out of the earth's largest cleavage If you are just a dreamer never having seen the place then read the book and start having new dreams of a world so different so un obfuscated by the drum beat of modern life so filled with the fortunes of silence that your dreaming may just take you to this section of the Colorado Plateau and change your life forever

  4. says:

    I like it very much Hypnotic Almost felt like I was meditating while I read it his writing VERY much made you feel like you were there Makes me realize how much I missed when we went to the Grand Canyon and meerly peered in Also I found this inspiring and showed the power of something as simple as walking because this man's walking trips have showed him such amazing things going slow enough to really notice things getting up close and personal than whizzing by in a car or plane

  5. says:

    I love hiking and I love Arizona Never got to the Grand Canyon yet The style so far seems a but overwrought but maybe it'll calm down once the guy gets onto the trailOur man's on the trail now and dealing with the hard realities of the canyon He's not in any tourist areas right now That'll come later It helps to look at a map of the area and get a grip of how much of the gorge is really isolated because of its ruggedness impressiveWell we're finally getting going into the chasm Should be interesting as long as the author keeps his philosophicalspiritual musings mostly to himself When the author describes his walk through Supai he sounds condescending and snotty much like Edward Abbey Then there's the trying too hard prose of damselflies making passionate love The man's an earnest blowhardFINALLY our man is on the trail It only took him 25% of the text to get thereMy progress sort of mirrors the author's I'm looking at a map as I read along When he sticks to the physical mental challenge it's pretty interestingAfter trekking through some dicey areasmade me feel ueasy just reading some of it the author is now approaching the tourist areas His style continues to annoy with all the spiritualnature babble The Grand Canyon and many other places on the planet are amazing awesome humbling but enough is enough This book could have been 25% shorter wo all the brain barf I love his take on bighorn sheep admiring the view of the canyon He knows than zoologists I guess Mentions On Aggression and The Territorial Imperative Bad writing as I brooded over the map metronomicallyinstead of like a metronome Will I be able to make it all the way through the boring sonorous pontificating blowhard ism? Probably the actual descriptions of the hike and its surroundings is interesting Dude Rocks don't live Now he's hearing the rhythm of the rock ick You might say he could SEE the rhythm of the rock This takes place in May of 1963 I was at boarding school in Connecticut The guy was born in 1922 my father's generation I suppose that accounts for the low grade awkward Steinbeck ismFinished up last night with the expected mixed feelings I can empathize a bit with the author as to my states of mind when I'm out there but his yearning for meaning and understanding seems to go way beyond mine He seems to want too much I assume from reading this and his wiki page that the guy was a doer a seeker etc All over the globe in fact The kind of person who might strike you as a major pain in the butt one minute and uite endearing another He'd probably be dead now anyway but his life was cut somewhat short by the complications from being hit by a car How ironic Many notes The first paragraph of the Rhythmchapter is an awkward mystery Catalysis???? Never heard it used before but I suppose it is a word I lay fallow Uh like an unplanted field? What's up with all the claret??? As down time occurs the author trekker gives vent to his form of nature babble Of course The zoologists are wrong and your romanticisms right Striped??? Probably sb stripped He makes even the toss of a bottle into the river a big event The guy's super sensitive And now we're hiking naked I'm happy at times to be wearing only shorts socks and boots but that's as far as I'm going I give him having some success at understanding and trying to convey the reality of geologic time an immensity of time It IS tough to truly get And now we've got the rhythm of the universe The guy seems to be looking for some kind of cosmic god ness Halfway through he spends several days at Phantom Ranch He passes right over this part Doesn't like the company? A nature snob Plus he can't hike naked Beaversand ?? This guy has way too much blah blah to share about his one ness with the wildlife If they could read and read this book they'd be like What a dork More horrible writing wave crinkled river Lilliputian rustle the modifier abuse is constant This nature lover admits to murdering TWO rattlesnakes If he need to do such a thing to do his walk he shouldn't be there A phony Like Edward Abbey and the rabbit in Desert Solitaire And yet again the boob knows than the zoologists And now he's annoyed because he lost his nature mojo He wants too much Sounds like he basically drove away the geologistDoug who came down to spend a week with him and provide some enlightenment The guy left early He visits some cliff dwellings and once again becomes an expert disagreeing with archaeologists about their purpose Also makes unwarranted assumptions about the people who built the the structures Says that the pre Columbian inhabitants made love maybe they just had sex eh? More soft core religiosity He assumes there's some driving force behind the immense and unimaginable process Maybe so but Huge and horrifying vaults of time UGH Jets flying low through the Grand Canyon could not be going anywhere near the speed of sound dude Too dangerous Unshruggable??? And now here comes the Bible Wonder why it took so long? What's a woman thrill? and later a likening of flying over the Grand Canyon to looking at a beautiful woman in a bikini That's a stretch The ending is pretty good a passionate plea for hard core conservation and protection of wild places Ultimately I have to give this a 275 which rounds up to 3 even thought the writing was often horrible The story was compelling There should have been of it

  6. says:

    Am pleased to revisit one of the authors who filled in many gaps in my understanding about backpacking Back in the late 1960's I bought gear from Trailwise from Berkley CA and outfitted myself with the same gear Fletcher used Svea stove pack sleeping bag dry milk plastic sueeze bottle His The Complete Walker was my bible The best part of this book is the end beginning with the day that Fletcher spent several hundred feet up a cliffsjde in a old set of caves where a family once lived It would be a difficult task to write a whole book about a two month hike through the Grand Canyon where most of the days were the same but Fletcher kept me turning the pages Weight meant nothing back then the hike was a very brave undertaking

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book partly because I just spent a week at the Grand Canyon Even though this was written in 1969 it was fun to hear his perspective of walking the Grand Canyon before there were many or any trails He was very introspective about his trip which was refreshing no electronics people or modern conveniences just nature I am most disturbed about the possibility of our politicians allowing mining rerouting the Colorado River or building within the beautiful Canyon We need to to preserve our national treasures This message was loud and clear from Colin in the 1970s when the Canyon was already at risk It still is

  8. says:

    At the start I thought I'd like this book but it wasn't uite what I was expecting Yes it chronicles his walk through the entire part of the Grand Canyon that is in the national park c 1000 miles but it also contains his musings and meditations and when he came to dangerous bits it really isn't edge of your seat sort of writing He also didn't win me over with his personality as put on paper That said some parts of it were interesting but having read other nonfiction books of journeys though there it wasn't as interesting as it might have been for me This man also did a 1000 mile walk through California so if you like this book he has another he wrote before it on that I'll passThere are parts he was the first person to walk on due to the opening of the Glen Canyon Dam a few months before so evidently this was published the year following his trek

  9. says:

    I was bitterly disappointed by this book  Two things became immediately apparent in the first chapters; 1 the author sees himself as superior to others and 2 he really likes the sound of his own thoughts  This is a book about Colin Fletcher than a book about the Grand CanyonI tried to keep an open mind and thus ignore the ego nihilism and his unfortunate attempts to be a great thinker  Now at the end of the book I can say reading it was a complete waste of time  I wanted to learn about the Grand Canyon and especially some geologic detail as the title seems to hint at  The chapter on rock is laughable  Clearly Mr Fletcher has no real information to offer us  I guess it's my fault for having that expectation This book is full of baseless speculation and fanciful imaginary daydreams  There are whole chapters devoted to his thoughts about animals eually worthless  He claims to understand what it's like to be a lizard  A complete farce  Don't waste your time like I did  Life is too short and there are many better books out there

  10. says:

    I've got to say that after having enjoyed Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods this book was rather dull Colin Fletcher hikes from one end of Grand Canyon National Park to the otherand has a perfectly safe enjoyable time Nothing dramatic happens to him He doesn't run out of food or water he doesn't twist an ankle or get sick or snakebitten No boulders pin him into an emergency situation reuiring a harrowing escape While I certainly am glad he had a good safe trip it does however make for a rather boring read I kept waiting for the inevitable obstacles that I thought were coming but nothing of the sort ever happened Instead the reader is treated to his meditations about geology anthropology evolution time and wildlife It's not a bad book just somewhat dull and not what I was expecting