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Attended St David's University College, Lampeter
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Latest The Great Outdoors: the joy of maps, lightweight backpacking packs, favourite lightweight gear
Checking the map below Mount Baker on the Pacific Northwest Trail The Spring issue of The Great Outdoors (it fits between the May and June issues) is out now and it's a bumper issue with the theme of Fast and Light. I have to say I'm no longer in the first ...
Welcome to my blog. I'm an outdoor writer and photographer with a passion for wilderness and mountains. Use the links above to find out more about me and my books and walks. Click on a blog heading to see any comments or to add your own. -Chris Townsend ...
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The Royal Institute of Navigation has warned this morning that map-reading skills are under threat in the UK due to people’s over-reliance on mobile phones and Satnavs. In a BBC news item today, the Institute recommends that ... | The UK’s leading monthly hillwalking magazine for the past 30 years
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There is, I feel a great need to realign our selves with nature. Future generations will be dependent on these skills. 
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Rim ice and full snow cover on Cairn Gorm, looking west to Fiacaill Ridge & Braeriach Karen heading up Windy Ridge Rime ice at 800m and full ski cover on the piste (ths has been almost bare all winter!) Cairn Gorm smmit Fiaca...
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The Great British Bee Count has returned this May and people in the UK have been urged to snap the bottom of bees to help save them through what is expected to be world’s biggest bee science project.
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Some extremely simple animals may have got rid of their brains because they simply had no need for one. And this could have been key to their success
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Those of who who have followed this blog for a while will know that I am just as keen on my photography as I am on my walking; luckily the two work rather well together. For me the digital revoluti...
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Enjoyed some fantastic atmospheric light on the plateau between A' Chailleach and Carn Sgulain in the Monadhliath today... 
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 On the summit of Mount Ararat in Turkey   IN my acceptance speech for my lifetime achievement award from the National Adventure Awards recently I think I may h...
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Chris Townsend is passionate about wild places and makes a living writing and photographing them and the gear and techiques needed for backpacking and hiking. He has written many books on the outdoors including the award winning The Backpacker’s Handbook, The Munros and Tops, an account of his continuous round of all the 3000 foot summits in Scotland, the first time this walk had been done, Crossing Arizona, the story of his hike on the Arizona Trail and Walking the Yukon, the story of a 1000 mile hike from SE Alaska to the Arctic. His latest books are Scotland in Cicerone's World Mountain Series and his first book of photographs, A Year In The Life Of The Cairngorms.

Chris has also hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail and was the first person to hike the length of the Canadian Rockies. Chris lives in the Cairngorms National Park.

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CAIRN GORM - FULL SNOW COVER & RIME ICE AT 800m!
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Rim ice and full snow cover on Cairn Gorm, looking west to Fiacaill Ridge & Braeriach Karen heading up Windy Ridge Rime ice at 800m and full

Alien species are nature’s saviours not its destroyers, says expert
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from Sunday Herald, 26 April 2015 Grey squirrels, rhododendrons, Japanese knotweed and other hated alien invaders could be nature’s saviours

50 things you (probably) didn't know about the Pennine Way
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50 things you (probably) didn't know about the Pennine Way. Posted by Hanna Lindon on 23/04/2015. Happy birthday Pennine Way! Britain's very

Preparations for the Cape Wrath Trail
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The time has come to talk a little about my plans for this summer. It's been ten years since my first long-distance walk in the mountains —

The Lochan Fada Mystery
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Mystery of the artwork discovered at Lochan Fada in the NW West Highlands of Scotland

Climate change may be triggering rain of rocks in French Alps - environm...
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Rockfalls in France's corridor of death seem to follow warmer weather – and may become much more frequent as the climate warms

White-tailed eagles nest in Orkney after 142-year absence. « Raptor Poli...
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A pair of sea eagles are currently nesting on RSPB Scotland's Hoy nature reserve. It is the first time these birds have attempted to breed i

Terry Abraham: Blencathra - a bird's eye view
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I've almost completed filming the spring chapter for 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' now and I'm pleased to say it's all gone extremely wel

Scientists marvel at volume of money up Osborne’s arse | NewsBiscuit
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After it was revealed earlier today that George Osborne was to pull a further £5.8 billion out of his arse to fund the subsidisation of Hous

How an Unknown Photographer Named Carleton E. Watkins Helped Save Yosemite
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Did you know that a single unknown photographer helped change the course of history for Yosemite with his photos back in 1861? The video abo

Conservative manifesto - they forgot the countryside too - Mark AveryMar...
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Conservative manifesto – they forgot the countryside too · Mark ♦ April 14, 2015 ♦ Leave Your Comment. I'm really rather surprised. Five yea

Labour's nature deficit - Mark AveryMark Avery
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Labour's nature deficit · Mark ♦ April 13, 2015 ♦ 3 Comments · photo Whenever I am feeling a bit out of sorts with the Labour party I read t

Landscape and (science) (fiction) (fantasy)
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A week or two ago I went down (or is that up?) to Cambridge for a one-day conference called TheAlchemical Landscape, an event organised by E

A Tour of Kinder Scout
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I’ve made some changes to my backpacking gear this year. Old, heavy items have been replaced by lighter alternatives, and I’ve stopped carry

Western Canada's glaciers may all but vanish by 2100 - environment - 06 ...
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The first major study to consider the way melting glaciers move and change shape produces much bleaker predictions of their disappearance

Alan Garner: Revelations from a life of storytelling
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At the inaugural Garner Lecture, the writer and storyteller reflected on a lifetime in tales – and vowed to keep taking risks.

What the Naked Eye Sees in the Night Sky Compared to What the Camera Can...
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The Internet is teeming with photographs and videos of the starry night sky that dazzle the eyes and tickle the imagination, but have you ev

Search lights, camera, action! Mountain Rescue launches new promo film
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A dramatic promotional film by Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) hits touch screens today, showing real mountain rescue volunteers in

Why the threat to Scotland's mountains could be bigger than you think
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Do mountain-lovers in the rest of the UK realise how quickly Scotland's wild land is disappearing? With a windfarm the size of Perth possibl

Terry Abraham: Patience is a virtue - scenic delights of Blencathra
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I've been back home less than 24 hours and am already planning my next trip to the Lake District to continue filming 'Life of a Mountain: Bl