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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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Re: Because "debunking the no-layers myth"
And when clothing is dry. If people sleep in damp clothing they can be colder than if they take it off. But obviously the thickness of dry insulating layers, whether clothing or sleeping bag, is wh...

In Philosophy & Technique » debunking the no-layers myth
November 12, 12:52pm

Re: Re: Wet again and fleece
Here in Scotland most hiking is in open country and as well as often wet it's also often very windy so it's not just rain you have to deal with but rain blasted horizontally at you by the w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – Part 2: Are There Detectable Differences Under Real World Backpacking Conditions?
October 28, 3:48pm

Re: Why I am Thinking of Stepping Up to the NEX-5
I must admit I've never had any difficulty carrying a DSLR (and before that a film SLR) so it was accessible. I've carried one in a padded case on a strap slung across my chest on every tri...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
October 27, 1:09pm

DWR treatment
"If the DWR coating wets out, then the WPB membrane quits working. In that case, why even bother with the WPB membrane? Just get a good DWR." Not quite correct. When the DWR treatme...

In Editor's Roundtable » Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – Part 2: Are There Detectable Differences Under Real World Backpacking Conditions?
October 27, 9:40am

Re: Re: All very well, but ...(NEX cameras)
Good points Roger .... but I think choosing a camera involves more than just the resolution. Cameras with APS-C sensors, like the NEX series, have much better dynamic range than compacts with much,...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
October 27, 4:06am

Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – Part 2: Are There Detectable Differences Under Real World Backpacking Conditions?
Good test Will. I've not tried all these jackets but I have been using the Rab Neo Stretch since last February, when I used it on a wet two week Southern Upland Way hike, and two Active Shell j...

In Editor's Roundtable » Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – Part 2: Are There Detectable Differences Under Real World Backpacking Conditions?
October 26, 1:20pm

Sony NEX Lens Impressions
Good advice from Jacob. I'd just add that the new focus peaking feature means that it's easy to focus manually with the NEX. I think the 55-210 lens could be useful for telephoto landsc...

In Photography » Sony NEX Lens Impressions
October 26, 9:40am

Re: Re: Gas Cone vs Heatexchanger, as part 4?
I had a problem with the Sol Ti when the heat exchanger fins started to melt. At the time I had let food burn on the bottom of the pot. I asked a Jetboil representative about this and was told that...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Integrated Canister Fuel Stoves State of the Market Report 2011: Part 3 – Wrap Up and Reviews of Individual Stoves
October 23, 6:28pm

The lightest DSLR
I've been using the Sony NEX 5 for the last year and I really like it. It produces images with better resolution than my Canon 450D, especially at high ISOs, and is much more compact. I only ha...

In Photography » The lightest DSLR
October 23, 7:16am

The Alaska search and rescue thin line
I don't know about Canada but in all the European resorts I've been to three isn't even a marked gate. The resports are not fenced. So going off-piste is easy. Mountain rescue differs f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The Alaska search and rescue thin line
September 30, 5:57pm

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