You already know the basics of backpacking. Now your goal is to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, make a solo trip through Denali, or see the far corners of the globe on your own two feet - you're ready to wander right off the map. No matter where in the world you aim for - the Sierra Nevadas, Scandinavia, or beyond - there's a good chance that Chris Townsend has been there before you. With over 20,000 long- and short-distance hiking miles to his credit, Townsend shares with you the secrets he's learned while backpacking the world's most challenging and rewarding terrains: Nepal, the desert Southwest, the Scottish Highlands, the Yukon, the Pyrenees, and much more. "The Advanced Backpacker" explains everything there is to know about hiking on terrains from the desert to the arctic and in all kinds of weather. It gives you the tools you need for group or solo hiking on the long trail, the trackless wilderness, or the most remote and exotic corners of the planet.Praise for "The Backpacker's Handbook": "Townsend's time-honored recommendations draw extensively from his often intense field experiences ...Every imaginable topic is covered thoroughly and engagingly." - "Backpacker". "A clear and comprehensive primer." - "Sierra". "Belongs in every bookcase dealing with outdoor topics ...Chockablock full of useful, practical, common-sense info ...If you tramp the outdoors, get this book." - "Maine Sportsman".
Chris Townsend is passionate about mountains, wild places and long distance walking. He writes regularly for TGO magazine and has a blog at http://www.christownsendoutdoors.com.
His long distance walks include the first hike along the length of the Canadian Rockies, the first continuous round of all the 3000 foot summits in Scotland, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, the length of Norway and Sweden, Land's End to John O'Groats, the Pacific Northwest Trail, south to north through the Yukon and the Arizona Trail. Chris has also led ski tours in Norway, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Lapland and other areas and treks in Nepal.
Chris is involved with several outdoor and conservation organisations and served as the President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Chris lives near Grantown-on-Spey in Strathspey in the Cairngorms National Park.