Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within: Thoughts Inspired By 30,000 Miles On The Trail

Hardcover | December 6, 2010

byCraig Copeland, Kathy Copeland

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Everyone walks. What distinguishes hikers is that walking does more than transport us, it transforms us. But nowhere is the thoughtful undercurrent of hiking celebrated. The wisdom we glean from the wilds is a match lit in the rain. That's why we created this book: to cup our hands around the flame. These journal entries are the mental waypoints we recorded while hiking 30,000 miles / 48,280 km (more than the circumference of the Earth) through wildlands worldwide. Accompanying them are photos of the places (primarily the Canadian Rockies, Utah canyon country, and New Zealand) where we conceived and noted the initial ideas. We hope our words and images compel you to recognize, voice, own and honour the thoughts arising from within while heading outdoors. Doing so will deepen your fulfillment. A truly adventurous life is contemplative as well as vigourous.

 

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Everyone walks. What distinguishes hikers is that walking does more than transport us, it transforms us. But nowhere is the thoughtful undercurrent of hiking celebrated. The wisdom we glean from the wilds is a match lit in the rain. That's why we created this book: to cup our hands around the flame. These journal entries are the mental...

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Everyone walks. What distinguishes hikers is that walking does more than transport us, it transforms us. But nowhere is the thoughtful undercurrent of hiking celebrated. The wisdom we glean from the wilds is a match lit in the rain. That's why we created this book: to cup our hands around the flame. These journal entries are the mental...

Kathy and Craig are dedicated to each other and to hiking, in that order. Their second date was a 20-mi (32-km) dayhike in Arizona. Since then they havenÕt stopped for long.TheyÕve trekked through much of the worldÕs vertical topography, including the Nepalese Himalaya, Patagonian Andes, and New Zealand Alps. In Europe, theyÕve hiked t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.38 inPublished:December 6, 2010Publisher:hikingcamping.com, inc.Language:English

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Big (small) book about the earth's wilderness by Barbara Blatner, Manhattan poet & screenplay author This book is big in message, big with luminous photos of wild places--Utah canyon country, the mountains of New Zealand, the Canadian Rockies, the Catskills--big with the story of the human being engaged soulfully with the immeasurable spirit of nature--though physically it's a small thin book, only about 6x8 inches in size. What Kathy and Craig Copeland give us in a hold-in-your-palm coffee table book is their sustained love affair with some of the wilderness they have devotedly crossed and re-crossed on foot. In exuberant epigraphs and photographs these hikers claim that knowledge of our own nature increases as we submerge ourselves in the great natural landscapes of our planet. The first photo we encounter shows one of these hikers walking towards a brilliant mass of rocky Mountain in the distance. Shadow darkens the hiker's back, sun floods the mountain. This contrast of sun and shadow says a lot about what I think this book is telling us: the human being in this environment is in shadow, ego-wise; it is the land that is illuminated and shines the light. Protecting that light, these authors "created this book: to cup [their] hands around the flame." Hiking for the Copelands is a sacred activity that not only strengthens the body but throws open the mind and heart. Many of the photos in this book show a hiker with his back to the camera walking toward something. "Nature isn't a resource, it's the source," nature is the royal consciousness we are given the privilege to approach. This book cherishes the spark that is that knowledge. The photos in this book often seem to carry the charge the photographer felt on-site. The latest hiking book by Kathy and Craig Copeland is genre-defying - by Suzanne White, Rocky Mountain News It isnÕt a guidebook, but it is. It isnÕt a poetry book, but thereÕs poetry in the words and images. It doesnÕt necessarily belong on your coffee table, but it belongs somewhere in your home where you can re-visit it often and share it with others. It is a slim composition consisting of beautiful photos and thoughtful words that speak volumes to hikers and those who spend their lives outdoors. This is the book that you hand to people when they wonder why you are always packing up to hit the trails every chance you get. Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within is the CopelandsÕ sixteenth publication, but itÕs their first book that might not be found in the guidebook section. Each page is a photograph from the CopelandsÕ almost 50,000 kilometres of hiking together, mostly from their time in New Zealand, Utah and the Canadian Rockies. Every photograph is accompanied by short passages of poetry, prose or vehement declarations on the nature of hiking, the power of the outdoors and the passion the authors have for the world that surrounds them. Those familiar with the unique and spirited tone of the CopelandsÕ hiking guidebooks, such as DonÕt Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies, will recognize their humour and introspection immediately in the pages of this new book. It is less than 100 pages, but it doesnÕt lack for content. Readers will perhaps also recognize, from previous guidebooks, the urge for the Copelands to say something more profound about the outdoor experience than their briefs introductions allowed. ÒWeÕve taken the hiking guidebook about as far as it can go as an expressive medium,Ó said Kathy Copeland, Òbut weÕve been compelled to go deeper, to dwell on the ideas and images, unencumbered by the directions.Ó The stunning photographs and keen observations might be the obvious stars of Heading Outdoors, but it is the bookÕs design that makes it all fit together so well and transports it from being labelled a Òcoffee-table book.Ó Like the cover art suggests, where the words and the photograph frame and give context to each other, each page invites the reader to look beyond the words to the images and vice versa. Although the book flows from cover-to-cover, it is also designed in such a way as to allow pages to be plucked and experienced at random without losing any of the meaning. This book requires repeated viewing, reading or flipping; however you enjoy it. The thoughts expressed can hit you in different ways, depending on how or where you spent your day. The stunning photos are candy in and of themselves, but the authors thankfully didnÕt forget their guidebook roots. A helpful image list is placed at the back to guide you on your next hiking trip or provide the answers on quiz night.The CopelandsÕ latest venture is a risk for the well-known oracles of the outdoors, but like most trips into the wilderness, it was a risk worth taking.