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Learn to track game like a ranger

Go! Camp & Drive - - Contents - BY: CHARLES THOMP­SON

FOOT­PRINTS ALL OVER SPAIN EL­DERS BY: ERNS GRUNDLING PUB­LISHER: QUEILLERIE PRICE: R250

Can a book about one guy’s long walk of over 1000 kilo­me­tres through the Euro­pean coun­try­side be in­ter­est­ing or even ex­cit­ing? It ap­pears the an­swer is yes. Erns Grundling, an award­win­ning jour­nal­ist at Drive Out’s sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Go, took on the Camino de Santiago pil­grim­age through Spain in 2015, and wrote a book about his ad­ven­ture. Now if you’ve ever read any of his sto­ries in Go or Weg!, you prob­a­bly know that Erns has a pretty good idea of how to put a sen­tence to­gether. But what prob­a­bly makes El­ders such a good book is the fact that he didn’t set out to write about his ad­ven­ture when he started it. As he sets off, he’s at a point in his life many of us prob­a­bly know all too well – over­worked, over­weight and com­pletely fraz­zled – and he ap­proaches the Camino as a sort of dig­i­tal detox, with no phone, cam­era or tablet com­puter. Luck­ily he had a note­book or two in his back­pack, be­cause the walk turned out to be such an ex­pe­ri­ence that he de­cided to pen down his ad­ven­tures in the end. El­ders, there­fore, is a travel story, but it’s also a bru­tally hon­est look into the writer’s life, mak­ing it a kind of mem­oir at the same time. But if you think that means reams and reams of vague in­tro­spec­tion, think again. You should rather ex­pect hi­lar­i­ous anec­dotes from his life, like his rec­ol­lec­tion of Ja­pan le Roux. This eighth man was (in)fa­mous for his abil­ity to crawl all the way un­der­neath a scrum to punch the op­po­si­tion’s hooker in the face. But not only that, he could also crawl in re­verse to get up from the back and in­no­cently ask the rev what just hap­pened.

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