Where to get it
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