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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


Apr
27
revised Group Trips: 1 Large cook group or smaller cook groups of 3 or 4?
added missing pronoun, improved legibility.
Apr
26
answered What routes in the Canadian Rockies have minimum group sizes (and where can I find about those)?
Apr
26
revised In Canada, does a frontcountry campground kitchen shelter typically include a freezer?
Changed "walk-in campgrounds" to "walk-in campsites"
Apr
26
comment In Canada, does a frontcountry campground kitchen shelter typically include a freezer?
Paul: sorry, it should be walk-in campsites. They are campsites where you can't drive your car right up to where you will set up your tent. The walk can be anything from 10m feet to 2km.
Apr
26
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
I should mention that sometimes it's good to have people. Certain routes will have minimum group size travel restrictions in aug/sept/oct because of bear frequencies. Usually you'll have to be in a group of 4 or more. This is vigilantly enforced.
Apr
26
answered When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
Apr
26
comment Can I camp in the backcountry outside backcountry campsites in Jasper National Park?
I can confirm that you can only camp in designated areas and that you require a wilderness pass for any backcountry overnight activity. If you want to do stealth camping, then do it as far away from main trails/routes as possible.
Apr
26
answered Group Trips: 1 Large cook group or smaller cook groups of 3 or 4?
Apr
26
answered In Canada, does a frontcountry campground kitchen shelter typically include a freezer?
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?
Nov
24
awarded  Enlightened