Hi, Rob, You put it so very well, and now those who don't know him can go pick up a few of your favorite Fletcher books, so they can meet this wonderful man and writer, in the flesh, so to speak!! Well done!! As you say, he was quite a guy, and I remember when I heard he had passed, I cried. Still miss him, and his wonderful way of phrasing things, as well as his outstanding sense of humor!! I never tire of rereading all his books, either!, and just wish he were still around, so he could write more of them. Again, nicely put, Rob. Thanks, and God Bless! Every Good Wish, Doc P.S. The true magic in the writings of Colin Fletcher, IMHO, was that he not only told you "how" to backpack, but he also showed you how to "feel" about your experiences, and through his musings we learned to look at nature, and backpacking, with new, enthralled, and curious eyes. God rest his soul!