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bio website furtivecode.com
location Banff, Canada
age 38
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seen Jul 29 at 16:36

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


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.
Aug
29
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
Can you elaborate on what's required to summit? E.g. can it be scrambled? Do you need to overnight?
Aug
24
comment How to prepare for and survive wildfire?
I'm sure a lot can be added to this post, it's mostly general thoughts, I feel that since I've moved to the Canadian Rockies I've been exposed to forest fires every summer for the past five years, and have been evacuated on more than one occasion.
Aug
24
answered How to prepare for and survive wildfire?
Aug
4
comment Trekking poles on planes
I can corroborate this inconsistency, I've brought home kids baseball bats (soft, foam) and sometimes they let me bring them onboard, sometimes I have to leave them at security. I wouldn't risk it, better to pay $25 to have them checked then to have to locate a shop and buy them all over again at your destination.
Aug
4
answered How to find new poles for old tent?
Aug
4
answered What collapsible or compact skis should I get for communiting?
Aug
4
answered How can I tell if a natural snow-bridge is safe to cross?
May
13
comment What should you be aware of when planning late-season or summer skiing?
I'd add that kneeling in the snow or falling means you'll get much wetter than you would in the winter, so although it's tempting to wear spring/summer clothing, you'll want at least your pants to be Gore-tex or similar. Wool is a good choice for your top if you want to breath in the heat.
May
10
awarded  Custodian
May
10
reviewed Excellent What alternative topographic maps exist in the USA?
May
10
reviewed Satisfactory How can I 'inflate' or plump up my my sleeping bag?
May
10
reviewed Excellent How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
May
10
reviewed Excellent ski damaged from sticks, leaves, soil, etc?