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Great Walks of the World re­tails for $30 and is avail­able at ma­jor book­stores. You can also or­der it on­line at www. great­walk­soft­he­world.ca and at Rocky Moun­tain Books at www.rm­books.com

As An­drews cites in the book’s in­tro­duc­tion, there are many other rea­sons why people walk. To get fit. To con­tem­plate life’s prob­lems. To so­cial­ize with friends. To med­i­tate. It’s all fair game.

The bot­tom line is this: People were made to walk. And, as it turns out, there are some amaz­ing places in the world where you can take a stroll you won’t soon for­get.

Take, for ex­am­ple, the his­toric Chilkoot Trail, which was used by stam­ped­ers of the Klondike gold rush nearly 120 years ago. Of course, when you’re strug­gling with your pack in the driv­ing wind and snow at the top of the Chilkoot Pass, it’s not so much about the walk as it is about sur­vival.

And, cer­tainly, this par­tic­u­lar en­try is bet­ter de­scribed as a “dif­fi­cult hike” rather than a “walk.” Un­ques­tion­ably, the bru­tally dif­fi­cult 53 -kilo­me­tre gold rush trail, used by thou­sands of prospec­tors in the win­ter of 1897, is one of the most chal­leng­ing jour­neys in the book and is not for the faint of heart.

“The walks I chose for the book are def­i­nitely a var­ied and eclec­tic collection,” says An­drews. “There are a num­ber of walks out there that are in vogue and ex­tremely pop­u­lar at the mo­ment, such as the El Camino in Spain. How­ever, I wanted to bring aware­ness to some of the lesser­knowns. There are some in­cred­i­ble walks that are some­what offthe-radar. And those are the ones that I’m drawn to.”

A good ex­am­ple is the highly spir­i­tual — three of the world’s great reli­gions, Ju­daism, Is­lam, and Chris­tian­ity, all tout its sig­nif­i­cance — jour­ney to the top of the

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