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Chris Townsend (Christownsend) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Cairngorms National Park
About Me outdoor writer and photographer, author of many books & articles on backpacking, hill walking and ski touring. Very keen on long distance walks and wilderness. Hikes: PCT (1982), CDT (1985), length of the Canadian Rockies, Yukon end to end, Arizona Trail, length of Norway and Sweden, round of the Munros and Tops, Land's End to John O'Groats and many shorter (under 800 miles) hikes.
CityGrantown-on-Spey
CountryScotland
My Website URLhttp://www.christownsendoutdoors.co.uk

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Ultralight down clothing
Good article Will. No mention of Inov8 shoes? Any reason for this? PHD has just launched a new range of ultralight down clothing. I've got a Wafer Jacket on test - it weighs 185 grams (mediu...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2B: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Rainwear, Insulation, Headwear, Handwear, and Footwear
May 22, 10:08am

Re: My thoughts on the SONY RX1...a little review
I shot film for well over 20 years (mostly low ISO transparency film) and I agree that this teaches you a great deal, especially when you start, as I did, with a fully manual camera and a separate ...

In Photography » My thoughts on the SONY RX1...a little review
January 01, 6:42pm

Re:My thoughts on the SONY RX1...a little review
Interesting discussion. As I take photos for publication in books and magazines and occasionally sell fairly large prints image quality is important for me - I need to keep publishers happy apart f...

In Photography » My thoughts on the SONY RX1...a little review
December 31, 6:35pm

Backpacking versus Thru-hiking
I must admit I've never really considered there was any difference. For me a thru-hike - and I've done plenty - is just a long backpacking trip. I think what the article is really describin...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking versus Thru-hiking
December 05, 2:01pm

Sony NEX Lens Impressions
The 16-50 is appealing for its very low weight and wider angle than the 18-55. If it's as good as the latter I'll be very happy with it. I've been using the 18-55 for two years, on the ...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
September 13, 9:11am

Make Your Own Gear: Igloos
Good article. I've built many quinzies, snowholes and snow trenches over the years (I used to teach snow shelter building when I led and taught Nordic skiing). Trenches are by far the fastest i...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Igloos
March 05, 9:12am

Solar cells built into your phone...(the end of GPS units in 5 yrs?)
I've compared my HTC Desire smartphone with several GPS units and the position has always been just about the same. As to roads I think the key is to have topo maps and GPS software on the p...

In GEAR » Solar cells built into your phone...(the end of GPS units in 5 yrs?)
January 22, 6:29am

End of GPS
I prefer A4 for convenience - I just print out enough to have the big picture if required. I also often carry smaller scale maps too. This worked well on the PNT. Smartphone and GPS mapping is o...

In GEAR » Solar cells built into your phone...(the end of GPS units in 5 yrs?)
January 21, 5:02pm

End of the GPS?
I guess it all depends on what you want GPS to do. If it's going to be switched on all the time so you follow or record a track then smartphone batteries don't last long enough even for a d...

In GEAR » Solar cells built into your phone...(the end of GPS units in 5 yrs?)
January 21, 3:28pm

GPS or Compass
Interesting discussion with good points on both sides. I usually carry both a compass and a GPS. I must admit the latter is usually for speed and convenience. I can glance at it and see where I am ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Cottage Stagnation and Recent Gems
January 02, 10:16am

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