Chris Townsend is an outdoor writer and photographer whose 19 books include Scotland in Cicerone's World Mountain ranges series, the award-winning The Backpacker's Handbook; Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams, the story of his hike along the Pacific Northwest Trail; A Year In The Life Of The Cairngorms, a photographic study, and 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. A passionate long-distance walker, Chris's other epic walks include the 2600-mile Pacific Crest 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. He writes on outdoor subjects every month for TGO magazine, and lives in Strathspey in the Cairngorms National Park.