Walking The Flinders Ranges - second hand

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By C Warren Bonython.  Reprinted in 1974.  231 pages.

Hard cover in very good condition.

This book is one of the most comprehensive, closely textured, and affectionate books ever to be written about any area of Australia.  It was inspired by the fact that Warren Bonython, who has been fascinated by the Flinders for many years, at last decided to be the first to walk them from end to end.

Accompanied by a series of companions on successive walking stages, he tramped northwards in conditions ranging from the freezing dawns and blustery rain of winter to the parched dryness and searing heat of summer.

In the long traverse from Crystal Brook to Mount Hopeless he climbed more than sixty summits, in ascents including the beetling stone gully of Mount Aleck and the granite leges of The Armchair.  For five days he pushed through the thick scrub of the sombre Gammon Ranges plateau, and walked in lone and lighthearted freedom along the old camel pad beyond Mount Painter.

Because he saw the Flinders literally foot by foot, he may have gained a more intimate knowledge of the Ranges than anyone now alive.  He conveys this knowledge in prose which is coloured by his own delight in the area.  Descriptions of the ever-changing terrain are mingled with accounts of his own adventures and misadventures, snatches of history, personal comments, stories of his companions, short dissertations on scientific subjects, remarks on the geology of the Ranges, and comments about those whom he met or who helped him during his walk.  All these major and minor themes are woven into a narrative which gives the reader the same sense of personal involvement with the Ranges - and with the first walk from end to end - as was felt by the author.

Warren Bonython's book is one to be enjoyed for its own sake, and will be an invaluable descriptive text and guide for anyone who wishes to follow in his footsteps through any stretch of the Flinders Ranges.

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