The Cairngorms is my favourite wild location in the UK.
The Cairngorms are Britain’s highest and most extensive mountain range and is one of the country’s most impressive and beautiful National Park’s.
The park comprises of not just mountains but rare native forests, spectacular lochs, wild moorland and productive farmland and provides a home for some of Britain’s most amazing wildlife. The Cairngorms are also home to adventurer Chris Townsend.
Chris is a passionate hillwalker and over the years has authored over 20 books with the Backpackers Handbook being perhaps the most well known to the outdoor community. I have long been a fan of Chris and have attended several talks given by him covering his amazing record of walking some of the world’s most challenging trails.
As you would expect of someone this experienced, Chris devotes a lot of his time helping others enjoy the outdoors and he was recently given the role of Hillwalking Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council where is helping to improve access to trails across the UK and promote walking through his regular talks, magazine articles and blog posts.
The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend
This stunning film was funded through Kickstarter and the 96 minute epic was filmed in an almost continuous 4 month period in early 2013. The film reveals the awe inspiring scenery of the glens and high mountains of the Cairngorms in the depths of winter like never before. Chris makes his way through the ancient caledonian pine forests of the tranquil Glen Feshie onwards towards to the harsh Moine Mhor plateau and the precipitous flanks of Cairn Toul.
Along the way Chris shares advice on what equipment you should consider taking with you in the mountains as well as tips on navigation, setting up camp and lots more valuable advice for living in the outdoors. Chris shares his thoughts on the sub-arctic environment of the Cairngorms respecting its beauty and dangers treating each with equal respect.
I have to admit that I was amazed when I saw the minimal amount of kit that Chris takes with him on his excursions in to the rugged and sometimes unforgiving mountains of the Scottish Highlands.
A true celebration…
Chris Townsend’s decades of intimate knowledge of these Scottish mountains combine with film maker Terry Abraham’s determination to capture the real heart and soul of his subject in a unique film which will inspire both newcomers and seasoned veterans alike. A true celebration of the UK’s largest and highest National Park.
While the DVD is now no longer available by the original publisher, it can still be found on ebay and other outlets at a budget friendly price or new through the Striding Edge website – https://www.stridingedge.com/chris-townsend-2-dvd-boxed-set-50-p.asp – and I would encourage you to get online and grab a copy and watch it with your walking friends.
Find out more
You can find out more about Chris Townsend by visiting his website at www.christownsendoutdoors.com
Bushcraft expert Paul Kirtley interviewed Chris for his podcast. It offers a great insight to what drives this man to undertake such inspiring feats of endurance – http://paulkirtley.co.uk/2015/chris-townsend-backpacking-legend/