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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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Rainwear for dangerous rain
Hi Douglas, I've worn various base layers under Paramo over the yeas (I've been using it for two decades) but have settled on lightweight merino wool. The temperature has to be well below f...

In GEAR » Rainwear for dangerous rain…
February 14, 3:26pm

Rainwear for dangerous rain…
To back up Miguel, Paramo clothing works really well in wet cold conditions. I've worn Paramo in heavy rain, sleet and wet snow in temperatures around freezing many, many times, sometimes all d...

In GEAR » Rainwear for dangerous rain…
February 14, 3:19pm

Titanium Switch
Jim, I think the plain ti is probably the nearest. Back then there was only one type, and no non-stick. Personally I don't like non-stick pots as I like metal utensils and if food does stick (w...

In GEAR » Titanium Switch
February 13, 5:06pm

Titanium or aluminum
"Like everything else, there is good, medium, and bad weight/quality in every store etc." This is the key of course. Good aluminum pots are better than poor titanium pots - and I have ...

In GEAR » Titanium Switch
February 13, 3:56pm

Titanium or aluminum
"Of course you guys think Ti, is good. Most have never even seen good aluminum pots." Hm. Well, I used good quality aluminum pots during the 80s and wore ones out on the PCT and CDT. I...

In GEAR » Titanium Switch
February 13, 2:29pm

Polartec NeoShell Starting To Appear
I have one of the Rab jackets on test too and I've certainly found it as breathable as eVent so far. I need to do more testing in different conditions before I come to definite conclusion - so ...

In GEAR » Polartec NeoShell Starting To Appear
February 06, 7:55am

Best solo shelter for moderate four season use?
Rather more snow- heavy wet Scottish snow too. There is a Scarp 1 in there. And when dug out it was fine.

In GEAR » Best solo shelter for moderate four season use?
January 15, 6:00pm

TerraNova Ultra 20 cuben backpack
This review isn't on the TGO website yet. Material in the current paper edition doesn't usually appear on the website until a few months later. However some reviews by me will now appear...

In GEAR » TerraNova Ultra 20 cuben backpack
January 02, 7:40am

Gear Reviews - Eric
Good points Eric, especially about no poor reviews being a red flag. Even if experts aren't very fit athletes (I've never considered myself an athlete, though I have been quite fit at times...

In GEAR » NeoShell from Polartec, the eVent slayer?!
December 16, 5:43pm

Power Shield or Power Shield Pro
Eric, I've been testing softshells for a review in TGO magazine and I've found that Power Shield Pro isn't as breathable as Power Shield. I prefer the latter and have said so in the pie...

In GEAR » NeoShell from Polartec, the eVent slayer?!
December 16, 4:58pm

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