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location Banff, Canada
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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


Feb
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answered Are folding poles suitable for cross-country skiing?
Feb
4
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
Hard wood (maple, oak, walnut, etc.) will burn longer than soft wood (pine, etc.).
Feb
2
awarded  Yearling
Jan
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
3
awarded  Analytical
Jan
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awarded  Custodian
Jan
3
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Is there an accepted way to self-belay yourself on top rope?
Jan
2
comment What are the key factors when choosing a sleeping bag for backpacking?
Also, the top and bottom of a sleeping bags are not created equally, some are sewn differently or have a different mix materials on the bottom side to accommodate the fact that you're lying on it the whole time, but I think it's used mostly as a marketing tool and only has a minor impact in the overall quality of a bag.
Jan
2
answered How to minimize sea sickness?
Jan
2
answered What are the key factors when choosing a sleeping bag for backpacking?
Dec
27
comment Adequate Shoes for Travel
I've been using a climbing approach shoe as my go to walking/hiking shoe as of late. They are light, have a good grip on rock but a terrible grip on snow. None of them are waterproof though, and have limited ankle support so if you've got a heave pack or weak ankles I wouldn't recommend them.
Dec
20
comment Should I be more careful about postholing during winter hikes?
Another risk is in the winter it's hard to tell if you are on a field or on water (use a map!) postholing on snow-covered lakes/creeks invariably means wet feet or worse. Spread the load with snowshoes!
Dec
20
comment Beginner Ski Touring - Avalanche Terrain
Are you looking for general terrain suggestions like ski in the trees and not on convex slopes, etc, or more specific locations of entry level touring in and around Banff?
Dec
19
revised Beginner Ski Touring - Avalanche Terrain
Added links, improved some formatting. More details to come.
Dec
19
comment Cheese and eggs on backpacking trips
I've been told that european eggs aren't refrigerated because the natural wax on the egg is maintained, while it is washed off on North American eggs, which is why they require refrigeration. Can anyone shed some light on this?
Dec
19
answered Beginner Ski Touring - Avalanche Terrain
Dec
19
answered Cheese and eggs on backpacking trips
Dec
15
answered Snowshoes for hilly terrain
Dec
11
answered What is the benefit to telemark skiing?
Dec
11
answered Are Ice grips worth buying