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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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Why you shouldn’t use Smart Phones for Backcountry Navigation
There's nothing wrong with using a smart phone for backcountry navigation if it's used sensibly, which means in conjunction with a map and compass. The GPS in a smart phone works fine wh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why you shouldn’t use Smart Phones for Backcountry Navigation
May 25, 8:43am

Inov 8 Shoes ... Just Another Cult ?
Very light, very comfortable, very breathable, quick drying. I wore Terrocs on a thru'hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail last year and I've worn them on many walks in Scotland. I almos...

In GEAR » Inov 8 Shoes ... Just Another Cult ?
April 24, 9:20am

Scotland in May: Gear for the Cape Wrath Trail
Matt, the Scottish Highlands are my home country and I know the North West well. In late May the first midges might be around but they might not be too bad. In calm weather I'd look for high...

In GEAR » Scotland in May: Gear for the Cape Wrath Trail
April 23, 1:08pm

Skins packs coming to market!!
The carbon rods do support the load well and transfer it to the hipbelt. They also make packing easy as you have a pack with a fairly rigid back. I've carried 20lbs in the Dyneema medium pack w...

In GEAR » Skins packs coming to market!!
April 23, 9:35am

Good Outdoor DVD's?
Grizzly Man, Werner Herzog's take on Timothy Treadwell. Encounters at the End of the World, Werner Herzog's take on Antarctica Touching the Void, film about Joe Simpson's dramatic sel...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Good Outdoor DVD's?
April 22, 4:25pm

Integral Designs eVent Pullover Review
Hi Douglas, I hope you like it!

In Editor's Roundtable » Integral Designs eVent Pullover Review
April 14, 2:39pm

Integral Designs eVent Pullover Review
I used the Rab Demand Pull-On on as thru-hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail last year and it was excellent - and it was worn more than I'd hoped as September was very wet. Cinched down the hoo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Integral Designs eVent Pullover Review
April 14, 2:13pm

Backpacking in England and/or Scotland?
In Scotland there's no problem with camping anywhere in the hills. There are innumerable possible routes of all lengths. A couple of suggestions - Blair Atholl to Aviemore via Glen Tilt and the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking in England and/or Scotland?
April 09, 9:45am

Backpacking in England and/or Scotland?
Plenty of people go backpacking in Scotland and England (though note that backpacking is often used to describe travelling with a pack by bus or train and staying in hostels rather than hiking). I ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking in England and/or Scotland?
April 07, 7:02pm

Polartec NeoShell Starting To Appear
Ryan, I've tested Neoshell some more and been to the launch in the Dolomites. I posted a short report on this on my blog - http://www.christownsendoutdoors.com/2011/03/dolomites-skis-snow-polar...

In GEAR » Polartec NeoShell Starting To Appear
April 06, 4:51pm

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