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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


Nov
16
answered What shoes keep me warm in the cold?
Nov
16
comment What shoes keep me warm in the cold?
I was paid to wear army boots and I can assure you that they weren't good in cold weather. Wool socks definitely make a big difference, but all the militaries have significantly revamped their army boots in the last ten years because they realized their footwear was behind the times.
Nov
16
comment Winter food : Should I change my habits for winter?
Energy bars are a good example of a food which turns to rock in cold temperatures. Keep a bar in an interior pocket of your jacket or be prepared to break a tooth.
Oct
11
answered Should I worry about moisture in my inflatable sleeping pad?
Oct
11
comment How many GeoCaches are registered in Germany by OpenCaching?
You should contact Openchaching.de rather than ask here.
Sep
11
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
10
comment Forecasting the weather in the wilderness
Above and beyond the "red sky at night, sailor's delight" type of forecasting, there are some tried and true techniques. See my post for examples.
Aug
10
comment What's the difference between a 2, 3, 4, and 5 season tent?
I slightly disagree in regards to 4 seasons tents and vent flaps. The fly won't have flaps, but the inside tent will usually have a panel in the ceiling that can be opened to let out moisture in warm temperature areas.
Aug
8
comment Forecasting the weather in the wilderness
Also, if you smell the earth a lot more or start hearing the trees a lot more that's usually a good sign of an oncoming storm. I've heard swamps release gasses before storms because of the low pressure.
Aug
8
answered Forecasting the weather in the wilderness
Jul
16
answered Is there a portable / comfortable pillow suitable for camping / backpacking?
Jul
16
comment What qualities should I look for in a good walking pole?
I think you covered all of the characteristics. I prefer a "flicklock" when it comes to the adjustment lock, as it's easier to calibrate and doesn't slide or lock up on you. I also find carbon poles less likely to bend than aluminium.
Jul
3
answered Wax paper as a fire starter
Jul
3
answered Big group/basecamp tent
Jun
11
comment Packing delicate equipment for a hike
This is a great question, I've sat on my rucksack while ski touring and ruined a pair of googles. sigh.
Jun
11
answered Practicality of Beards
May
31
comment Pros and Cons of paracord
+1 for easier on your hands. Paracord also holds a knot much better than the yellow stuff.
May
11
answered How do I remove mildew from a tent?
May
11
answered The outdoors, solitude and dealing with loneliness