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Winter backpacking, floods, ice axes & crampons, portable rechargers: the March issue of The Great Outdoors
The latest issue of The Great Outdoors is in the shops now with a theme of Scotland in Winter. With that in mind my backpacking column is about winter backpacking in the Highlands and I review five ice axes and five pairs of crampons. Continuing the Scottis...
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Q & A with The Real Hiking Viking while he is on his southbound winter hike of the Appalachian Trail.
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Big Garden Birdwatch
Taking part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch always makes for an interesting and somewhat hectic hour. Trying to count masses of small birds flying in and out to the feeders is surprisingly difficult. This year there were no surprises with all the birds w...
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PERMITS, bans and byelaws, the words that will forever taint the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, and indeed an SNP Government that many people, including myself, thought would take an intense pride in the …
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Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Extended Wild Camping Ban Approved
 A wild camp high above Loch Lomond The Scottish Government has approved an extension of the controversial wild camping ban along the east side of Loch Lomond to other roadside areas in the national park. The ban won't come into effect until the spring of 2...
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The latest edition of The Great Outdoors is in shops from 5 February and is available to download NOW on Apple, Android and Pocketmags. Subscribe to the magazine and you'll receive each new copy before it hits ... | The UK’s leading monthly hillwalking magazine for the past 30 years
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Calm Between The Storms
Storm Gertrude blew out with a night of snow. Tomorrow Storm Henry is forecast to blow in with very strong winds, rain and snow. Today the air was still and the land calm. The sky remained overcast but no snow fell. The temperature stayed below zero. Thin m...
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A Very Snowy Day
Midnight. Outside the temperature is -1C. Light snow is falling. Our tracks from an afternoon venture are buried. For twenty-four hours now it has been snowing most of the time. Until a few hours ago this snow came on very strong winds and formed deep drift...
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A Sparrowhawk Feeds
Sparrowhawks have occasionally raided our bird feeders for many years. Usually all we see is a blur of wings as the hawk suddenly flashes round the corner of the house, scattering the feeding birds, then disappears. Often we can't even tell if it's made a k...
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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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