Colin Evan Boulton Fletcher

Colin Evan Boulton Fletcher

Birth
Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales
Death 12 Jun 2007 (aged 85)
Monterey County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: According to a Los Angeles Times Newspaper account, ashes were scattered along the California Coastal Wilderness.
Memorial ID 34824352 · View Source
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To paraphrase an old saying, "to know the wilderness is to love it." ...and you encouraged people to get up, get out, hike and know the wilderness.

Colin Fletcher was an inspiration to hikers and backpackers everywhere. His book, The Complete Walker, was the backpacker's Bible for decades. In 1963 Colin became the first to walk the length of the Grand Canyon entirely within the rim of the canyon in one go. His book, The Man Who Walked Through Time, chronicles this journey.
Mr. Fletcher was born in Cardiff, Wales, on March 14, 1922, the only child of Herbert and Margaret Williams Fletcher. After high school, he joined the Royal Marines and served during World War II. He went to Africa after the war and worked on a farm and as a road builder in Kenya and Rhodesia. Then, in the early 1950s, he went to western Canada to work as a prospector. In 1956, he moved to San Francisco.
Recognizing his influence and legacy,
Annette McGivney, editor of Backpacker Magazine, has written that "Colin was sort of the founding father of modern backpacking, the first person to write about going out for an extended period and being self-sufficient." Because many people started following Fletcher's advice in The Complete Walker, according to McGivney, "the book could be credited with starting the backpacking industry," including equipment makers and periodicals like Backpacker Magazine.
"After Vietnam, I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. So many of my friends had died from bullet holes," recalls Backpacker Magazine contributing editor Buck Tilton. "I read The Man Who Walked Through Time, and it was the only thing that made sense to me. Fletcher's words gave meaning to backpacking. I loaded my pack exactly the way Fletcher did and carried a walking stick like his. He was my hero."


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  • Created by: Ghost Town Gal
  • Added: 14 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34824352
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Colin Evan Boulton Fletcher (14 Mar 1922–12 Jun 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34824352, ; Maintained by Ghost Town Gal (contributor 46616557) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a According to a Los Angeles Times Newspaper account, ashes were scattered along the California Coastal Wilderness..