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bio website furtivecode.com
location Banff, Canada
age 38
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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


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.
Feb
5
comment Should I get trekking poles for snowshoeing, or stick with ski poles?
Oddly enough I have aluminium ski poles that I've bent by falling on them, but my carbon trekking poles have never bent.
Feb
5
comment What to look for in a quality tarp?
Pro-tip: pre-attach a minimum number of ropes or bungies to your tarp and you'll save time when you need it and not realize you forgot the rope or bungies.
Feb
5
answered What to look for in a quality tarp?
Feb
5
answered How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
Feb
4
comment Does Fjällräven produce serious outdoors gear, or is it just trendy?
Their down parka seems serious and legit, not sure about the rest of the stuff.
Feb
4
asked How do you punch out toes in ski-touring boots?
Feb
4
comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
pro-tip: lithium AA/AAA batteries weigh about 35% less than regular alkaline batteries, and usually last longer. Some headlamps warn against using lithium.
Feb
4
answered What clothing would be appropriate for hiking in -18°C with up to 30 km/hr wind?
Feb
4
comment How to get started skiing?
And don't buy skis and boots until you've rented and tried it a few times.
Feb
4
answered How to get started skiing?
Feb
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awarded  Critic
Feb
3
comment What precautions should I take when hiking among herds of elk?
I should mention most contact incidents with both elk and bears in Banff are a result of either the use of a bicycle or the person jogging/skiing with headphones on.
Feb
3
answered What precautions should I take when hiking among herds of elk?