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bio website furtivecode.com
location Banff, Canada
age 37
visits member for 2 years, 2 months
seen Feb 19 at 3:18

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
14
awarded  Scholar
Feb
14
accepted How do you punch out toes in ski-touring boots?
Feb
14
answered Best way to illuminate a tent?
Feb
14
comment How to stay clean on a multi-day hike?
I'd like to add baby/talcum poweder to the list: works in hair to cut down greasiness, in the underwear to deal with sweat/crotch rot, and in socks.
Feb
14
answered Are carabiners useful tools to have in the wilderness? If so, what would they be used for?
Feb
10
answered Is it better to wear one pair or two pairs of socks while hiking?
Feb
7
awarded  Student
Feb
6
comment What is the proper tension for a tent line
This is a great question, I've always made my lines as tight as possible, maybe that's not such a great idea after all.
Feb
6
comment How to store fuel tablets for travel
Aso, the container for burning the fuel often gets that hexamine smell, keep it separate from your food.
Feb
6
revised How to store fuel tablets for travel
typo
Feb
6
answered How to store fuel tablets for travel
Feb
5
comment What are the vitamin considerations for extended backpacking
You can't carry eggs and fresh vegetables and supply 15 days worth of food without the weight being a serious burden. Tuna pouches have about the same amount of water, but less weight because of the foil instead of can.
Feb
5
awarded  Commentator
Feb
5
comment How to get started skiing?
What I meant to say was that an artificial hill should not be considered necessary as a stepping stone towards skiing on an actual ski hill.
Feb
5
revised If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
Fixed grammar.
Feb
5
awarded  Editor
Feb
5
revised Should a hiker be concerned about wolves in the back-country?
Added additional sources and changed order of paragraphs.
Feb
5
suggested suggested edit on If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
Feb
5
comment How to get started skiing?
Or you could just use a real ski hill.
Feb
5
comment Should I get trekking poles for snowshoeing, or stick with ski poles?
If you're in the mountains then trekking poles offer a huge advantage in that they can be adjusted for uphill/dowhnill portions of the trail, otherwise ski poles are usually just fine.