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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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"What did you pay for gasoline today?"
Ben, a US gallon. We actually buy gasoline in litres now, not gallons. It's around 1.49 per litre at my local petrol station (we also don't call it gasoline!). It's less than that in le...

In Chaff » What did you pay for gasoline today?
April 06, 8:52am

What did you pay for gasoline today?
£5.96 a gallon. That's about $9.60! US gasoline is extremely inexpensive!

In Chaff » What did you pay for gasoline today?
April 05, 6:57pm

How important is the weight of trekking poles?
Whilst lighter poles may theoretically be better than heavier ones I can't say that I've found a significant difference. And having used both I prefer heavier poles because the swing and pl...

In GEAR » How important is the weight of trekking poles?
March 28, 5:31pm

Cuben - The 422 mm hydrostatic head dirty little secret
A very interesting thread, which I've just read straight through. It seems what's needed is a balance between lab results and real world experience. Just how do the two relate. With reg...

In GEAR » Cuben - The 422 mm hydrostatic head dirty little secret
March 25, 9:15am

Lightwt camera w RAW and carry case
Dale, I am a pro and have been using lightweight "amateur" cameras for over thirty years. I've only ever had two failures and that was with a Pentax ME Super film camera on the Pacifi...

In Photography » Lightwt camera w RAW and carry case
March 14, 8:33am

Lightwt camera w RAW and carry case
"The Sony NEX cameras strike me as fragile and lack a flash and viewfinder. You will need spare batteries." I've had a NEX 5 since October and have used it through the winter and m...

In Photography » Lightwt camera w RAW and carry case
March 13, 7:25pm

Lightwt camera w RAW and carry case
I have the NEX 5 and am very pleased with it. The pictures are as good as those from my Canon 450D DSLR at low ISOs and better at high ones. I carry it in a padded case slung across my body so i...

In Photography » Lightwt camera w RAW and carry case
March 11, 7:28am

Least uncomfortable wet sock material?
Wool. Just done a 13 day 212 mile hike of the Southern Upland Way in Scotland. Four days of rain at the start and wet, muddy trails throughout. My feet, in Inov8 Roclite shoes, were wet viurtually ...

In GEAR » Least uncomfortable wet sock material?
March 10, 4:57pm

Most Beloved Trail Whisky/Whiskey
Balvenie Doublewood is a good one, Mike. But although I live in Strathspey with many Speyside distilleries not far away I prefer Islay malts. My current favourite is Ardbeg Uigeadail. If I take whi...

In Chaff » Most Beloved Trail Whisky/Whiskey
February 17, 2:46pm

Rainwear for dangerous rain…
Yes, I don't use Paramo if I think I might have to carry it, only trips where I'm going to wear it all day. For trips with a wide range of temperatures I've found eVent the best fabric....

In GEAR » Rainwear for dangerous rain…
February 14, 7:10pm

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