A life outdoors
                         In the footsteps of Colin Fletcher
                         Articles • Magazines • Photos

Original articles by or about Colin Fletcher:

  1. San Francisco Chronicle/The World of Leisure: Colin’s reports from the ‘58 trip

  2. Lecture brochure: The lonesome road (1958)

  3. Article: The Long Walker on Escapism

  4. San Francisco Chronicle/Bonanza: The simple joy of walking (Jul.1959)

  5. Field & Stream: House on my back (Mar.1960)

  6. Field & Stream: Secrets of the Silver King (Apr.1962)

  7. Suburbia Today: Hand me down my walking cane (May 1962)

  8. Lecture brochure: The man who walked through time (1963)

  9. Field & Stream: Backpacking the Grand Canyon (Mar.1964)

  10. The Humble Way: The many joys of walking (Oct.1968)

  11. San Francisco Chronicle: The Trunkman Mystery Of The Colorado (1971)

  12. California Today: Who Was Chuckawalla Bill?

   The strange story of an author’s 13-year obsession with a man from the past (Aug.1981)

The Smithsonian: The strange quest of the man who walked through time (Feb.81)

  1. Backpacker Magazine: Profile Colin Fletcher (Oct.1990)

  2. San Francisco Examiner: The cultural art of getting from here to there (Dec.1996)

(Photos by Colin Fletcher. Courtesy of UCSC Colin Fletcher Archive, MDHCA, Colita Publ.)


Following the footsteps of Colin Fletcher and through further research, the author Andreas M. Cohrs met a handful of people who knew the private Walker. Here you find some of his memorabilia, oral or visual, along with some of his photographs. According to Fletcher’s will, most of his belongings today are administered by the UCSC. With their kind permission, Cohrs could use further material in the book The Thousand-Mile Summer Revisited. Photos shown on this website were donated by friends of Colin Fletcher or provided by the UCSC Colin Fletcher Archive.

                                                          Who is Mr. Boulton?

NEW: The Colin Fletcher biography “Walking Man”

One of the most interesting characters I came to meet while researching the life and trails of the late Colin Fletcher has been Dr. Robert Wehrman.

Suffering from a disease well known among us called Fletcheritis he too spent a good deal of his time delving into Colin's life and belongings.

After many years of research, retracing some of the Walker's routes, and exchanging tons of information, his biography of the Man Who Walked Through Time is about to be finished.

Many of my readers kept asking me about his release date. Please visit his website now for more information, become a supporter or spread the word about it. (Click the video)

Robert has been following Colin's adventures from the beginning. The biography is based on access to Colin's personal documents, his photography, notes, diaries, correspondence and his unpublished auto-biography. The two of us have had quite a few laughs exchanging anecdotes about the Walker. Find all of it in Robert's book.

Feel free to contact me also for more information.                Best wishes - happy trails, Andreas M Cohrs