Author(s): Barry Stone
Barry Stone, author of 1,001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die, delves into some of the lesser-known aspects of the world's most famous -- and not-quite-famous-yet -- trails. The perfect accompaniment to practical guidebooks, Stone relates how slings and carabiners kept him from falling headlong off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and reports on the progress of the continental-wide monster, the Trans Canada Trail, gaps in which are still being filled by countless grass-roots communities. With walks that will appeal to everyone regardless of ability, The 50 Greatest Walks of the World includes American classics such as the Appalachian Trail, Buckskin Gulch, and the Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch, as well as personal favorites such as Italy's Cinque Terre Classic and the Isle of Skye's Trotternish Ridge, one of Britain's finest ridge traverses with almost 2,500m of ascents. Whether it's a climb, a stroll, or a life-changing slog, this book has the walk for you.
Barry Stone is an established travel writer and author of eight books on subjects from religious hermits to mutinies in the Age of Sail to military history titles for publishers including Hardie Grant, Allen Unwin, and Harper Collins. He is currently writing a history on the early growth of colonial Australia's outback pastoral stations. He lives in Sydney, Australia.