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- Publication Date: January 25, 2017
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- Language: English
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Travelled Far: A Collection Of Hiking Adventures Kindle Edition
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About the Author
For those who hear the call of the wild - a lifetime of wonder and danger await. It is one of the last great callings of the outdoorsman that keeps the passion for exploration alive in this day and age. Keith Foskett is no stranger to its sprawling song, having grown up against a backdrop of rolling hills in the English countryside. His passion for hiking and the outdoors was nurtured in this place, leading to a lifetime of exploration and discovery that his taken him across thousands of open miles across the planet.
Beginning with three hikes of El Camino de Santiago in Spain, Keith’s appetite for long-distance hiking evolved. Since then he has completed all 2640 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in America as well as 2200 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail.
His deep respect for the natural wonders of the world has left him in awe, and ever vigilant for the next great adventure.
Perhaps it is a combination of his early years fostering a love and deep connection to the world around him and his later travels that spoke to the storyteller within. For Keith has found success and acclaim off the trail as well, sharing his stories and his knack for narrative in both books and outdoor publications. In recent years, two of his titles have been shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year and his blog was voted #1 of the year. Always hands-on in all that he does, Keith finds time to bare his wandering soul with other nature lovers on his blog.
Nurturing a strange fascination with down sleeping bags and woollen underwear, Keith knows that for all the adventure that await there is no place like home - the rolling green hills of West Sussex, England.
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In addition to this book, if you are interested in hiking, try "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson for an informative and hilarious true tale of hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Mr. Foskett, in his writing, can without effort skate that interface between prose and poetry coming down on either side with e qual skill to suit the mood his wishes to convey. Here are a couple of examples of what I mean.
“Hills either side cup me in, and the River Mazaro foams and gushes as the mountains funnel me upwards. Sunlight gradually clears the tops and drifts down to meet me, and I’m grateful for the warmth on my face as a mist slowly evaporates, creating vapors that snake upwards. The dew winks back at me from the sodden grass.”
“Trees block out the sun, chilling the air and I smell musty soils. Sunlight discovers chinks in the foliage and paints patterns on the ground.”
Prose? Poetry? …or both? You decide for yourself. For me it is poetry.
Mr. Foskett owns the El Camino de Santiago. Are does it own him? The spirit of the El Camino de Santiago allows his pen to record insights that are so dead-on they send cold chills up my back. The El Camino allows, inspires and permits him to write “…Observe the mind’s logic, but chase the heart’s passion.” He has never visited Ireland but imagines the north-western part of Spain to be just like Ireland. “Its eerie mood comes from the mist that cloaks the countryside. To walk at 7:00 am, still dark out there, is a lesson gifted by Mother Nature allowing the hiker to observe how she wakes up. It’s a present worth unwrapping. Study, be still, listen, savorer and remember.”
One of my favorite lines in the book shows the British humor at its best at least for me. I enjoy one of best burgers I had ever eaten, said good byes, left marveling at the novel idea of being able to exchange money for beer.”
Since I am contemplating a hike on the CDT this coming summer, I read Chapter 11 “An Abrupt Ending to the CDT” with special interest. Mr. Foskett had to call an end to his CDT hike when he developed a pain in his chest later to be diagnosed as bronchitis and still later to be correctly diagnosed as pneumonia. He was airlifted from the trail to hospital by copper. When I read “…The remoteness struck me as we took off. From horizon to the next was just barren shrub with the odd forest. No roads, no houses, nothing…” it made me seriously wonder (and still does) if hiking the CDT is such a good idea for me.
I selfishly wish Mr. Foskett a long life. I want to be able to read more of what he has to write and “… to live outside the system…” through his writing.
Long live dromomania!!!
Johnny B. Varner
It is a short read - easily read in one afternoon - but worth it for something different that is also informative.
Reading these accounts is fantastic and you realize that "Fozzie" (his trail name) is not just a thrill seeker doing long distance hikes to make a name for himself, but a true fan of the outdoors.
These reads also remind us that you don't have to hike thousands of miles at a time to have great adventures or see things that few people will experience in a lifetime.
Buy the book, read it - then go out and hike!
Life awaits and generously rewards those who are willing to take a step off the sidewalks!
Mr Foskett lives to explore with his feet and every trip, even return trips to several trails, he sees something new. And he sees old friends and makes new ones.
His lifestyle isn't for everyone and he acknowledges this, but it works for him.
Reading his book is a fun way to learn about areas around the world.
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Whilst giving it five stars the only chapter in the book that I was a little uncertain about was that on El Camino in Spain. This was possibly because I had already read Keith's full length book describing this walk. I would have liked to have seen, instead, an account of more of his British walks - especially his more recent tackling of the Cape Wrath Trail etc in Scotland. However, I understand this will be the subject of a future book, so perhaps he was avoiding a "spoiler". Although for me I am sure it would have whetted the appetite for more.
The book is well written, as ever, and is not hard going, so it makes a great read either in one long haul (in my case literally as I read it on a long plane journey) or simply for dipping into.
Keith Foskett is a "thru" walker, author, journalist and blogger best known for writing about his long range walks along some of the worlds hardest and longest trails, often traversing countries and occasionally continents.
Foskett's writing simply celebrates the physical and meditative benefits of repeatedly putting one foot in front other. While this collection touches on some of his most arduous treks, it's the chapters on his local walks in the West Sussex countryside which are most interesting. He's an advocate for walking but its his knack for making you want to up and out into the great outdoors which is so impressive - and no bad thing.
Keith's previous books have each been focused on a particular walk and the experiences he has on each. This new book takes a slightly different approach. What this book offers is a collection of short stories that let you quickly and easily get a flavour of Keith's honest and entertaining writing. You don't need to set aside a whole weekend or longer to to experience a 1000mile journey, you can jump in for a 15 minute ramble along the South Downs in springtime in chapter 1 - Siren of Spring, or in an hour or so experience an abridged flavour of El Camino in chapter 5.
And around these chapter are others that include seeing Keith getting lost in fields around his town, following the river Wey, indulging in some walking through history, and proving he isn't a superhero when he has to cut short his Pacific Crest Trail hike.
Oh, and the rules you have to abide by to be able to stroke the marble!
Enjoy this book, then go and get his back catalogue.
Compare with other hiking books- e.g. Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" and see how to make for an entertaining read about hiking.
I whole heartedly recommend this paperback.