Is Nicholas Crane the greatest man to have ever lived?

A sketch of Crane on his walk across Europe

A sketch of Crane on his walk across Europe (Daniel Graham)

As those who know me will tell you, I strongly believe that Nicholas Crane is the greatest man to have ever lived. He reminds me of my father (you’re welcome Dad) because he knows how to tell a story. He’s also an explorer – yes, they still exist! In 1986, Nicholas and his cousin Richard located Eurasia’s Continental Pole of Inaccessibility, the point furthest from any of the world’s surrounding oceans, sandwiched between the north-west border of China and the eastern lakes of Kazakhstan. six years later, he retied his boots, flew to Cape Finisterre and walked for 10,000 kilometres across the mountains of Europe and onto to Istanbul. His account of this journey, Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe, is one of the best books I have ever read. If you want to be inspired to walk, it’s a must.

“Maps codify the miracle of existence.” Nicholas Crane wrote in his 2002 Guardian article, The man who mapped the world (that, perhaps, another story for another day).

2 thoughts on “Is Nicholas Crane the greatest man to have ever lived?

  1. I want to mention an inspirational woman! I met Francoise when we were both travelling in Turkey. I’d hitchhiked there from England, but she’d walked all the way from France. We walked together in eastern Turkey and Georgia, and then Francoise travelled alone all the way to Japan, walking whenever possible (sometimes it wasn’t possible to walk…for example, if she wasn’t given a long enough visa for a country, or if there were borders that were impossible to walk over).
    Now she is performing her adventures in the theatre in France!
    her blog is here in French

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    • Wow Lisa, what an incredible women Francoise is. You two must have some great stories, both shared and independent. I could spend hours reading your blogs! I think that perhaps I may have gotten a little carried away in my statement that Nicholas Crane is greatest man to have ever lived; there are many great men and women, each with there own magnificent adventures. Thanks for the link to Francoise’s blog! 🙂


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