Walkin Jim Stoltz – June 1953 – Sept 2010
This memorial day my thoughts include an old friend Jim Stoltz through one of his many many songs about the wild places called “I Walk In Beauty”.
You can listen to this song Jim sings a cappella from this link on The Walkin Jim Foundation web site:
Other selected songs from Jim’s various CDs are online there for you to listen to as well. As described below from his memorial page online, he was a “master troubadour” and a great friend to many including our lovely planet.
Walkin’ Jim Stoltz
June 1953 – September 2010
Walkin’ Jim Stoltz set off on his last forever wild hike on Friday, September 3, 2010. Our master troubadour and dear friend fought a heroic battle with cancer in Helena, MT. He was 57 years old.
Walkin’ Jim is widely known throughout the U.S. for his unique combination of long-distance hiking, original songwriting, and photography. Jim was an adventurer, artist, poet, photographer, author, and environmental activist.
In his lifetime, he accomplished numerous long-distance treks including the complete lengths of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, an east to west cross-continent hike, the entire U.S. Continental Divide, trips from Yellowstone to the Yukon, and many others. In total, he hiked over 28,000 miles of long-distance trips.
When not on a long trip, Walkin’ Jim could be found on any of the many trails in southwest Montana for a day hike with family and friends. He was also an avid cross-country skier. Jim also enjoyed wilderness travels by canoe.
Between trips, Jim would create, produce and perform original shows of his travels with photography and music, always incorporating his keen sense of environmental awareness and justice for all things wild. His musical, hiking, and environmental career spanned 45 years.
[… con’t on the In Loving Memory page from walkinjim.com ]