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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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Trekking in European Mountains
No animal dangers. Compared with Britain heat and altitude are likely to be the biggest challenges in the Alps and Pyrenees. Trails are usually well-made and well-signposted and there are plenty of...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking in European Mountains
July 28, 3:51pm

Heat Exchanger Pots Dangerous At Altitude?
Good points Derek. Heat exchangers do need to be matched with stoves and, as Rogers research shows, there needs to be an adequate gap between the flame and the bottom of the pot. It's impossibl...

In GEAR » Heat Exchanger Pots Dangerous At Altitude?
July 21, 7:49am

Boots or Shoes? Goretex or not?
The Scottish Highlands are my home hills. Footpaths here are often quite wet with puddles and mud on them. Keeping water out of shoes or boots is difficult. The time you're going it's usual...

In GEAR » Boots or Shoes? Goretex or not?
July 10, 11:35am

"Footwear - waterproof boots v. fast drying trail running shoes."
A point worth mentioning is that at times (often in my experience) feet can be drier in fast drying trail shoes than waterproof boots because once the latter get wet they take far longer to dry. I&...

In GEAR » Footwear - waterproof boots v. fast drying trail running shoes.
July 07, 10:42am

Heat Exchanger Pots Dangerous At Altitude?
The British Mountaineering Council and the Alpine Club have issued a warning about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning by heat exchanger pots after a near disaster. There is no mention of the ...

In GEAR » Heat Exchanger Pots Dangerous At Altitude?
July 07, 7:18am

How do you wash your merino gear?
In the washer on a wool wash. I've been doing this for many years with different brands and thicknesses of merino and none has suffered.

In GEAR » How do you wash your merino gear?
June 30, 10:28am

Lightweight Wood-Burning Camp Stoves - State of the Market Report 2011
"all these stoves are lacking in the key requirements of safety/user friendliness: pot stability, ease of lighting and ease of feeding." I didn't find any problems with any of thes...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Wood-Burning Camp Stoves - State of the Market Report 2011
June 24, 11:04am

"Poles are a burden?"
I can't say I've found that poles affect my balance. I sometimes go out for day hikes in steep, rugged terrain without them and my balance is fine. In rocky terrain and on scree - of which ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Poles are a burden?
June 16, 4:44pm

Integral Designs
To be accurate, Rab didn't buy Integral Designs. Equip Outdoor Techologies, which bought Rab a few years ago and also owns Podsacs and Outdoor Designs, bought Integral Designs. http://www.eq...

In GEAR » Integral Designs Gear now made in...China
May 25, 12:16pm

Why you shouldn’t use Smart Phones for Backcountry Navigation
Jerry, I tested a group of GPS units including ones from Garmin and Satmap plus ViewRanger on a smart phone and they all worked pretty much the same, including in wooded areas. I've pnly tried ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why you shouldn’t use Smart Phones for Backcountry Navigation
May 25, 9:05am

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