The Gentle Art of Tramping
by Stephen Graham
Pub Date 04 Apr 2019
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'An absolute gem of a book' Alastair Humphreys
Know how to tramp and you know how to live . . . Know how to meet your fellow-wanderer, how to be passive to the beauty of nature and how to be active to its wildness and its rigour.
Tramping is a way of approach, to nature, to humankind, to a nation, to beauty, to life itself. It is a gentle art and there is much to learn; illusions to overcome, prejudices and habits to be shaken off. 'The adventure is not the getting there, it is the on-the-way. It is not the expected; it is the surprise; not the fulfilment of prophecy but the providence of something better than prophesied'
Originally published in 1926, The Gentle Art of Tramping is a guide for anyone who has dreamed of taking to the road with nothing more than a bag full of essentials and big ideas. It gives guidance on walking, being open to discovery and being kind - advice as relevant now as it was then. This lost classic is a breath of fresh air to world-weary souls.
'A hymn to the wilderness of the the British Isles' Robert Macfarlane
'Beware this book, it's a wolf in sheep's clothing - a thrillingly subversive life philosophy dressed in alluring practical advice. Strongly recommended for rebels and the restless' Tristan Gooley, the Natural Navigator