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bio website furtivecode.com
location Banff, Canada
age 38
visits member for 2 years, 9 months
seen Oct 16 at 22:32

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


May
10
reviewed Excellent ski damaged from sticks, leaves, soil, etc?
May
10
reviewed Satisfactory Different kinds of Down: comparing insulation
May
10
reviewed Satisfactory Logs & Rocks - Step on or over?
Apr
8
comment ski damaged from sticks, leaves, soil, etc?
I'd like to add the bigger nuisance of pine needles and leaves is that they stick to the bottom of the ski and affect your glide.
Apr
2
comment A removeable solution for slipping insoles?
Even the thinnest of velcros would add an uncomfortable thickness, and locking/unlocking velcro in the confines of a shoe would be a troublesome affair.
Mar
28
comment Should I re-wax downhill skis after using skins?
@LBell the skins leave sticky adhesive behind.
Mar
20
comment What is this knee pain when going downhill?
Using hiking poles helps take some weight off your knees when descending.
Mar
20
answered Should I re-wax downhill skis after using skins?
Mar
18
answered Winter Camping: How to warm up your boots in the morning?
Mar
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How can you navigate without a compass or GPS
Mar
10
revised What is a “fast pack” setup for a tent?
Tweaked the link to encompass more meaningful words.
Mar
7
awarded  Custodian
Mar
7
reviewed No Action Needed Where can I find if a fixed blade knives is legal to carry around in a given country?
Mar
7
reviewed No Action Needed Where can I find if a fixed blade knives is legal to carry around in a given country?
Mar
7
answered Facility to test cold weather gear in London UK
Mar
4
revised Experiences hiking with a baby: diapers
Fixed formatting of list.
Mar
4
comment Experiences hiking with a baby: backpacks
Make sure there's a mechanism for a water bladder. My Kealty II lacks it, I had to rig something and it's less than ideal. THe plus side, my kid loves drinking from a water bladder.
Mar
4
answered Experiences hiking with a baby: diapers
Mar
4
comment When do small waterfalls get significant freezing
Came in to say the same thing, most ice climbs where I live are from wet surfaces that freeze over, very rarely are they on waterfalls of any significance, and if so then usually on a surface nearby that catches the water vapour.
Feb
13
comment Do folding cross country skis exist?
FYI, that Mountain Approach ski has skins permanently attached to the bottom, so they have no downhill glide whatsoever. It's more of a sliding snowshoe than a ski.