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Book Title: Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe|
The author of the book: Nicholas Crane
Date of issue: July 3rd 1997
ISBN 13: 9780140243321
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Rather like Crane himself, I found this journey took far longer than expected, but what a superb odyssey! Here is a really excellent writer, who captures the mood and environment as he strides across no fewer than four mountain ranges that link the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. Sleeping rough and spending little, he is the epitome of the kind of traveller I would like to be, meeting people well off the tourist track (as well as having to negotiate a few places whose cultures have been long buried by the travel industry) and opening himself to a rich set of experiences without rushing to judgement about any of them.
I collected my mail and sat down to a cantabrian breakfast...She was concerned about my mental health; further down the letter she echoed an earlier warning: 'Don't expect to be thrilled by everything all the time'. I knew that Annabel was right. But the journey was already a runaway train and I was enjoying the ride too much to think of what might lie ahead. There is a point when expectations become kinetic; where the fulfilment of one hastens the need for the next. I'd never felt so alive....
...I had to climb Coma Pedrosa without underpants. There had been rustlings in the early hours as I lay on the concrete ledge at the back of the tiny cabane and marmots, or possibly a rare trump-snouted desman, had stolen my only pair of boxer shorts. In bare-arsed distress I scoured the burrows along the river bank, then the holes along the foot of the scree, but I couldn't find the smallest shred of cotton. They were, I concluded miserably, already lining the nest of the verminous thief. Spitefully, I was glad I hadn't bothered washing them for a day or two....
It has inspired other journeys too: I now want to read Stevenson's Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes and to visit the painted monasteries and churches of the Carpathian mountains:
Powroznik's cerkiew peeped from the trees. A circular wall, and then the circle of grey trunks, surrounded the church. I tried to sketch it, but found its angles impossible to tame. Three onion domes descended in height from the top of the tapered tower at the west end of the church to the tiny octagonal stub on the eastern end of the roof...The entire exterior, including the domes, was clad in a skin of wooden shingles. In its sylvan curves and delicate scales it possessed a loving magicality, as if it had grown from the forest floor, drawn upward by some celestial calling, moulded into its exotic contours by craftspeople who felt the grain of the wood as keenly as the wrinkles in their own hands.
I had intended releasing this - it is certainly a book that deserves to travel - but I love it so much that I will probably only lend it out from now on. Like my sister Rachel, I will ask for all my books to be released on my death, but this is definitely one that I want to pass on to my children and thinking that, of course, makes me see that this account also provides a real snapshot fro future generations of a Europe that is already, sadly if inevitably, passing away.
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Nicholas Crane (born 6 May 1954) is an English geographer, explorer, writer and broadcaster was born in Hastings, East Sussex, but grew up in Norfolk. He attended Wymondham College from 1967 until 1972, then Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology (CCAT), a forerunner to Anglia Ruskin University, where he studied Geography.
In his youth he went camping and hiking with his father and explored Norfolk by bicycle which gave him his enthusiasm for exploration. In 1986 he located the pole of inaccessibility for the Eurasia landmass travelling with his cousin Richard; their journey being the subject of the book “Journey to the Centre of the Earth.”
He married Annabel Huxley in 1991. They live in Chalk Farm in north-west London and have three children.
In 1992/3 he embarked on an 18-month solo journey, walking 10,000 kilometres from Cape Finisterre to Istanbul. He recounted that expedition in his book “Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe” which won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in 1997. He made a television self-documentary of the journey in “High Trails to Istanbul” (1994).
Together with Richard Crane he was awarded the 1992 Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his journeys in Tibet, China, Afghanistan and Africa.
His 2000 book “Two Degrees West” described his walk across Great Britain in which he followed the eponymous meridian as closely as possible. More recently he published a biography of Gerard Mercator, the great Flemish cartographer.
In November 2007 he debated the future of the English countryside with Richard Girling, Sue Clifford, Richard Mabey and Bill Bryson as part of CPRE's annual Volunteers Conference
Since 2004 he has written and presented four notable television series for BBC Two: Coast, Great British Journeys, Map Man and Town.
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