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bio website furtivecode.com
location Banff, Canada
age 37
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seen Feb 19 at 3:18

I live and breath in Banff National Park in the Canadian rockies, where I hike, camp, ski (downhill, x-country, touring), snowshoe, scramble and play.

I've camped in the winter in -40c, I've travelled across glaciers and mountain passes both solo and in groups, I enjoy solo camping in the backcountry, and I spent seven years in the military.

My favourite moments are being in the middle of nowhere, with nobody around me, in the middle of the night under a sheet of stars, listening to nothing other than the ringing in my ears.

Chris Lamothe on the Wapta Traverse, in Banff, Alberta


Feb
2
awarded  Yearling
Jan
1
answered Hauling a pack during climbing
Dec
31
comment Flashlight or headlamp for night hiking?
I prefer no light, it takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust and then you're usually fine. Unfortunately this goes out the door if anyone else with you is using a flashlight. Plan B for me is to use a headlamp with a red filter so that I keep my night vision. Flashlights and headlamps create tunnel vision.
Dec
25
comment Walking through a Thigh-high snow
According to the book Staying Alive in Avalanche Territory by Bill Tremper, using a beacon in untrained hands resulted in a 15% reduction in loss of life while in trained hands it resulted in 75-80% reduction. Please cite your stats.
Dec
24
answered What shoes to wear while climbing monolithic granite rocks?
Dec
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Trekking solo in South Africa
Dec
22
answered Has anyone tried making their own make-shift Hydrapack?
Dec
22
answered Walking through a Thigh-high snow
Dec
19
awarded  Quorum
Dec
18
answered Where should a band be tied to stop bleeding from wound?
Dec
4
comment Is it safe to use a motorcycle helmet instead of a skiing helmet for skiing?
There are plenty of full-face ski helmets on the market, I checked a bunch and they all seem to float around 1,100g in weight.
Nov
24
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
28
comment Thermal insulation of truck cap
offtopic, but I used to have a favourite rock that I would keep in the campfire and put in the bed of my truck when it was time to sleep, gives hours of extra warmth.
Oct
28
answered Minimal northwest mountain camping with emerg. bivvy and tarp?
Oct
28
comment Energy bars for outdoors activities: what are the important criteria?
This is the best list. I'd like to add that bars usually fall into two camps: those that offer about 1/3 of all nutrients for the day (e.g. meal replacement) and those that offer specific nutritional features (e.g. protein bar). There's often an overlap of the two, but they are distinct groups.
Sep
2
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
29
revised How to get started skiing?
removed a duplicate.