Chris Townsend is an outdoor writer and photographer whose 25 books include Scotland in Cicerone's World Mountain ranges series; the award-winning The Backpacker's Handbook; Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles, the story of his hike along the 2600-mile Pacific Crest Trail; The Munros and Tops, an account of his continuous round of all the 3000ft summits in Scotland – the first time this walk has been done; and Along the Divide, the story of his walk along the Scottish watershed. A passionate long-distance walker, Chris's other epic walks include the 3100-mile Continental Divide Trail, the 1200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail, the 800-mile Arizona Trail, 1600 miles along the whole length of the Canadian Rockies (another first), 1000 miles south–north through the Yukon Territory and 1300 miles south-north through Norway and Sweden. He has also led ski tours in Norway, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Lapland and other areas, as well as treks in Nepal. Chris is involved with several outdoor and conservation organisations and served as President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and as a Trustee of the John Muir Trust. He writes on outdoor subjects every month for TGO magazine, and lives in Strathspey in the Cairngorms National Park.
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