No 418 – Chris Townsend Pt1

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Chris Townsend humbly describes himself as an outdoor writer and photographer with a passion for the wilderness.

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He is also one of the best known and probably best loved and most respected, long distance hikers who has experienced not only ‘the trail’ all over the world, but also the development of associated equipment of the last 30 years.

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He is the perfect commentator on the environmental changes and our relationship with it and has witnessed much that we everyday hikers take for granted.

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This podcast is mainly based around his most recent 32 day 450 mile walk from Yosemite Valley to Death Valley in September and October 2016. It is a very interesting observation in the diverse terrain and experience of the high sierras compared with the vast great heat and flat landscape of the death valley desert.

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What gear would you take to cope with both, how would you feel heading totally off the trail? This is bushwhacking at its most basic and he tells the story as casually as he might a walk to the local peak.

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A wonderful and a very interesting man. It was a pleasure as always to chat about our favourite subject.

All photographs supplied by Chris Townsend. More information, stories and images can be found over on his website.

Items discussed in the podcast;

Lowest to the Highest – Website and resource

Tom Harrison – Maps

Executive producer for the show – Eduardo Dourado

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