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Attended St David's University College, Lampeter
Lives in Grantown-on-Spey
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With the Italian-French diplomatic row over migrants still simmering, the Alpine neighbours have found something else to bicker about: who owns Mont Blanc – or Monte Bianco – Europe’s highest mountain?
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At 14.30 on Monday the 22nd of June I reached the lighthouse at the farthest northwest corner of the UK mainland. I'd walked all the way from Fort William. My thru-hike of the Cape Wrath Trail involved 241 miles of walking ov...
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The Great Outdoors July edition: Continental Divide Trail & Backpacking Tents
Rest stop on the Continental Divide Trail in Montana, 1985 The July issue of The Great Outdoors is in the shops now. My backpacking column is about the Continental Divide Trail, which I was hiking thirty years ago (see this post for more pictures). Looking ...
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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Across Lakeland in a day- another good archive piece from @Footless_Crow http://bit.ly/1fGYqiI
Ravenglass One hears tales of the balmy days of the British presence in India, when walks in the Himalayas were done hands in pockets unencumbered by camping equipment, since the bulk of one's retinue had gone ahead to set t...
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30 Days Wild : Day 25 - Wild at home @CumbrianRambler keeps us interested- http://bit.ly/1fGXPxt
This is my "I refuse to be beaten" post. My germs have multiplied & I've been confined to quarters on account of the fact I have to deliver a training course all day tomorrow and it will help if I’m audible. But, determin...
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This year, the annual Berghaus Dragon's Back Race saw over 140 fell runners set off from Conwy Castle in North Wales, all attempting to run the 300km journey across Wales's mountains to reach Castell Carreg Cennen in the south-west... | The UK’s leading monthly hillwalking magazine for the past 30 years
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Wilco frontman and, increasingly, producer-for-hire Jeff Tweedy has spoken of “working exclusively with artists who make me look good as a producer”; but as Richard Thompson confirms here, his skills are subtler than that suggests. On “Broken Doll”, for instance, it may be Thompson’s deft finger-volume controls that take the edge off the attack of his guitar fills, but the guitar and organ tones that haunt the song are surely Tweedy’s design touc...
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I started to compile a list last year after turning 30 -"40 things to do before I'm 40".  A sort of bucket list, a reminder of the things you want to do but forget about when life takes over.  The ...
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El Capitan is one of the most famous climbs around. Best described as a sky-scraping, vertical slab of rock, it takes a high degree of climbing prowess to be able to reach the top and to see the legendary panorama.  However, thanks... | The UK’s leading monthly hillwalking magazine for the past 30 years
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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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I hiked the Cape Wrath Trail
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At 14.30 on Monday the 22nd of June I reached the lighthouse at the farthest northwest corner of the UK mainland. I'd walked all the way fro

Across Lakeland in a day: With a little help from my friends
footlesscrow.blogspot.com

Ravenglass One hears tales of the balmy days of the British presence in India, when walks in the Himalayas were done hands in pockets unencu

Death of the naturalist: why is the “new nature writing” so tame?
www.newstatesman.com

The so-called new nature writing has become a publishing phenomenon, but how much do its authors truly care about our wild places?

Buccleuch accused of “breathtaking arrogance” over huge wind farm plan
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from Sunday Herald, 14 June 2015 Buccleuch's North Sanquhar Moor wind farm The Duke of Buccleuch lobbied the Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing,

Terry Abraham: Epic Lake District trip report - 'Life of a Mountain: Ble...
terrybnd.blogspot.com

Since February this year many of you will be aware I've been frantically working on my next Lakeland documentary 'Life of a Mountain: Blenca

Robin breasts the tape first - Mark AveryMark Avery
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Congratulations to the Robin! The winner of the vote for the national bird (whatever that means!). And congratulations to David Lindo for or

Chris Townsend - Rohan on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)
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Chris Townsend reminded us that 30 years ago on the last day on May he started The Continental Divide Trail. A 3100 mile walk that would tak

Digital Lomography
tohatchacrow.blogspot.com

Taken at the weekend on a 5mp 2003 Olympus c-50 Zoom. ‘Digital Lomography’ is actually oxymoronic. Like using mono quadrophonics to describe

In search of Scotland’s oldest pines | Alan Watson Featherstone's Blog
www.alansblog.org.uk

In 1997, the Forestry Commission's research branch made a remarkable discovery when they were surveying a remote and small remnant of the na

Snowdonia's power struggle: Is hydroelectric a threat to our landscapes?
www.thebmc.co.uk

The controversial Cwm Glas hydro power development has put the spotlight on similar schemes within Snowdonia National Park. Should climbers

When does summer start?
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When does summer officially start?

Sidetracked Volume Four is here
www.alexroddie.com

A few months ago, an exciting opportunity arose. I was invited to do a little freelance editorial work for Sidetracked – an adventure travel

Grid North...: Tops & Tailwinds - Coast to Coast via Scotland's ...
gridnorth.blogspot.com

Coast to Coast is a classic challenge for Packrafting in Scotland and there have been a number of iterations of the route over the past five

Mulling eagles - Mark AveryMark Avery
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Mulling eagles · Mark ♦ May 26, 2015 ♦ Leave Your Comment. Yesterday I was on Mull looking for eagles like many other tourists, and today I

14 Signs you've been away from the hills too long.
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Irritating though it is I have to work for a living - I'm very lucky in that I enjoy what I do when I'm away from the fells - but it's been

PK Podcast 008: Chris Townsend, Backpacking Legend
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Backpacking and long distance walking legend Chris Townsend joins me for ep8. We take a hike in the Cairngorms and record our discussions fo

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
www.alexroddie.com

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 —