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Attended St David's University College, Lampeter
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Twenty-Five Years of The Backpacker's Handbook
Somewhat to my surprise I've realised that this year is the 25th anniversary of the first edition of The Backpacker's Handbook. Perhaps even more surprising it's still in print. First published by long gone Oxford Illustrated Press it was quickly taken up b...
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 Great Outdoors Spring Issue
The Spring issue of The Great Outdoors is out now. (It sits between the May and June issues). My gear reviews cover 13 windproof tops and 11 pairs of walking trousers plus the Suunto Traverse GPS watch. In my backpacking column I look at when it's best to d...
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It’s Friday 29th April, unofficially the first day of the May Bank Holiday weekend. Yes that’s right, the MAY bank holiday weekend. And yet this morning I awoke to a dazzling eight inches of snow! A snowfall that heavy isn’t unusual in late April in Scotland, but you’d typically expect it to occur on the mountains. Up in the Cairngorms or up in Sutherland perhaps. But this is Fife for goodness sake! The lowlands. Even here, snowfall at this tim...
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May Bank Holiday is approaching fast, but the high mountains of Scotland are still hanging onto winter after an unseasonably cold spring. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) and British Mountaineering Council (BMC) are joining …
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Charlotte Milburn from the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) reflects on the man-made and natural pressures on our wild land and how conservation volunteering can help. I was walking out in the Cairngorms over the Easter …
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Walking Man:
Robert Wehrman's long awaited biography of my favourite outdoor writer Colin Fletcher is to be published very soon, probably late June/early July. Robert has sent me the cover - I'm honoured to be quoted on it. This is one book I'm really looking forward to...
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The truth about aging and fitness: Five fitness commandments to live by.
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Nigor Wickiup 3 reviewed for The Great Outdoors
The Wickiup 3 in the Cairngorms, February 2016 GoLite's Shangri-La 3 pyramid tent has been a favourite of mine for many years, especially for winter camping. With the demise of GoLite a few years ago it vanished from the shops, a good design seemingly gone....
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I didn't even know Go Lite was defunct! Still have two of their wind shirts that I love....
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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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Chris Townsend: how to get into long-distance walking
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Out There - Book Review - Scots Magazine
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Review of Chris Townsend's life of adventure as told in his latest book Out There - with your chance to win a copy!

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Bonfire of the Verities | George Monbiot
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The role of nature-based solutions in combatting the climate crisis
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Hen harriers exterminated in northeast Scotland, says study
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