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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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"... So what camera do you carry?"
Mark, I posted a review of the GRD III on my blog a few days ago - http://www.christownsendoutdoors.com. I loved the original GRD and the III has the same superb design. However I've been spoil...

In GEAR » ... So what camera do you carry?
October 02, 10:06am

paramo plus beartooth hoody
I used the Velez Adventure Light a great deal last winter and stopped wearing it in May when I found it too warm. I don't think it's less warm than the heavier garments. The real change cam...

In GEAR » paramo plus beartooth hoody
September 24, 2:56pm

paramo plus beartooth hoody
Hi Julian, I find a Paramo top plus a merino base layer keeps me warm when moving in windy weather down to -10C. Have you seen the feature I wrote for BPL on Paramo? http://www.backpackinglight....

In GEAR » paramo plus beartooth hoody
September 24, 1:10pm

buying a new backpacking camera
Hi Roger, I must admit I'd only skimmed the Jeff Lynch review. I agree with some of his points though. The number of pixels depends on whether you want better noise performance at high IS...

In Photography » buying a new backpacking camera
September 20, 5:14pm

buying a new backpacking camera
Ricj, I've only handled the GX cameras but I have tested the GR-D1 and am currently testing the GR-DIII. Lovely cameras - I just wish the output was comparable with the Sigma DP series, which a...

In Photography » buying a new backpacking camera
September 20, 11:57am

buying a new backpacking camera
I have to admit that I wouldn't actually choose a G10 or G11. If I was looking for a small sensor compact with zoom lens I would go for the Ricoh GX200. The ergonomics of Ricoh's GR and GX ...

In Photography » buying a new backpacking camera
September 20, 11:13am

buying a new backpacking camera
Roger, checking various reviews it looks as though the G10 may be better than the G11 for outdoor photography. Here's one reference: http://jefflynchdev.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/comparing-th...

In Photography » buying a new backpacking camera
September 20, 5:54am

Serious Winter Tents
I've used tunnels and free-standing geodesic tents in severe winter weather and both have stood up well. The geodesics are more pleasant to be in though as they flex less. Of course in both cas...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AL dude moving to ID: General Questions
September 16, 8:40am

Serious Winter Tents
Yes, free-standing and wind don't go together! And wind in winter in mountain areas is usually pretty common. If camping where you can't easily stake a tent then you either need a tent with...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AL dude moving to ID: General Questions
September 16, 5:37am

MSR Reactor vs. regular stove
Both these stoves have been reviewed on BPL: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/co_series_supplement_1_msr_reactor.html http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpacki...

In GEAR » MSR Reactor vs. regular stove
September 01, 3:11pm

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