The Man Who Walked Through Time

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The Man Who Walked Through Time
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Author Colin Fletcher
Original title The Man Who Walked Through Time
Country United States
Language English
Subject Backpacking
Genre Non-fiction
Publication date

The Man Who Walked Through Time (1968) is Colin Fletcher's chronicle of the first person to walk a continuous route through Grand Canyon National Park.[1] The book is credited with "introducing an increasingly nature-hungry public to the spiritual and physical rewards of backpacking".[2]

When Fletcher conducted the trip in 1963, the park did not encompass the entire length of the canyon; it was later expanded so it did. Fletcher thus only walked about half of the physical canyon, though he was correct in saying he was the first to walk the section of the canyon designated as a national park. Kenton Grua, a professional river guide, was the first person in recorded history to walk the entire length of the Grand Canyon, in 1977. He was inspired by Fletcher's book but set out to "do it right" by walking the canyon from end to end, not just the section inside the park.[3]


  1. ^ Valerie J. Nelson (June 16, 2007). "Colin Fletcher, 85; hiking icon's books inspired generations to journey into the wilderness". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  2. ^ Annette McGivney (August 2002). "Colin Fletcher". Backpacker. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  3. ^ Kevin Fedarko (2013). "10: The Factor". The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Though the Heart of the Grand Canyon. Scribner.