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bio website furtivecode.com
location Banff, Canada
age 38
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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


Jul
16
awarded  Custodian
Jul
16
reviewed Reopen What are the Pros and Cons of Trekking Solo?
Jul
11
comment How to get a top-mount cooking burner for 20 lb propane tank?
What happens when the tank falls over and its weight is enough to bend your top-mounted stove? Bad idea.
Jun
17
answered How long is an activated charcoal filter good for after initial use?
Jun
17
comment How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
Exactly. If you set it up right it shouldn't blow through much, but I always find it a bit drafty, and certainly doesn't retain heat as much. On the plus side, no condensation :-)
Jun
16
answered What Canadian national/provincial/territorial parks permit random backcountry camping, if any?
Jun
16
answered How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
Jun
16
comment Do I need to hang a bear cache?
In the Canadian rockies most people use bags and suspend them, any formal back-country site in a Canadian Park will have equipment to suspend them, but I usually have a rope and beener just in case. That canister would be a real pain in a backpack.
Jun
16
answered Thunderstorms in the Canadian Rockies in September?
Jun
16
comment If a national park trail with its campsites has been decommisioned, can I still hike and camp there?
BTW, I have a friend who's done the divide trail from near Waterton National Park up to Lake Louise or so. PM me if you have any questions.
Jun
16
comment If a national park trail with its campsites has been decommisioned, can I still hike and camp there?
Two implications: 1) fallen trees that won't have been cleared will be a bit of a pain 2) if there were bridges they may have been washed out in last June's flood and not restored, I strongly suggest you look into that.
Jun
16
answered Is there a Canadian equivalent to Forestry Rangers
May
22
comment Warmest and lightest solution for torso
I'll second down. Patagonia's nano-puff and their down sweater (it's a jacket but it probably weighs less than any sweater you own) are extremely light and pack down nicely, and the perfect layer for keeping warmth in at the end of a hike, top of a summit or when it's just cold. I live in mine 9 months of the year, plus camping in the summer.
May
22
comment Warmest and lightest solution for torso
Can you describe the environment and what other layers of clothing you'll be wearing? I'm tempted to suggest a vest but it might not be appropriate if it's your only layer and you're in anything below 5c.
May
13
comment Cheese and eggs on backpacking trips
I've read one trick to keep eggs cool is to put them in the bottom of your flour tin.
May
8
answered How to dry Gore-Tex boots in the field
May
1
comment Why is a “Czech bed roll” called this? History, uses?
Bedrolls have been around since the times of the Roman empire, it's literally a bed that you can roll up. Would you like me to explain why soldiers might want to roll up their bed? There's your history. In modern times it is synonymous with a sleeping bag, athough they don't necessarily close and many sleeping bags can be stuffed in a sac. There's nothing unique about Czech bedrolls besides that they've been commissioned for the Czech army.
Apr
30
answered Why is a “Czech bed roll” called this? History, uses?
Apr
27
revised In Canada, does a frontcountry campground kitchen shelter typically include a freezer?
Clarified location of trash container
Apr
27
revised Group Trips: 1 Large cook group or smaller cook groups of 3 or 4?
added missing pronoun, improved legibility.