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bio website furtivecode.com
location Banff, Canada
age 37
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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


Dec
31
comment Flashlight or headlamp for night hiking?
I prefer no light, it takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust and then you're usually fine. Unfortunately this goes out the door if anyone else with you is using a flashlight. Plan B for me is to use a headlamp with a red filter so that I keep my night vision. Flashlights and headlamps create tunnel vision.
Dec
25
comment Walking through a Thigh-high snow
According to the book Staying Alive in Avalanche Territory by Bill Tremper, using a beacon in untrained hands resulted in a 15% reduction in loss of life while in trained hands it resulted in 75-80% reduction. Please cite your stats.
Dec
4
comment Is it safe to use a motorcycle helmet instead of a skiing helmet for skiing?
There are plenty of full-face ski helmets on the market, I checked a bunch and they all seem to float around 1,100g in weight.
Oct
28
comment Thermal insulation of truck cap
offtopic, but I used to have a favourite rock that I would keep in the campfire and put in the bed of my truck when it was time to sleep, gives hours of extra warmth.
Oct
28
comment Energy bars for outdoors activities: what are the important criteria?
This is the best list. I'd like to add that bars usually fall into two camps: those that offer about 1/3 of all nutrients for the day (e.g. meal replacement) and those that offer specific nutritional features (e.g. protein bar). There's often an overlap of the two, but they are distinct groups.
Aug
29
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
Can you elaborate on what's required to summit? E.g. can it be scrambled? Do you need to overnight?
Aug
24
comment How to prepare for and survive wildfire?
I'm sure a lot can be added to this post, it's mostly general thoughts, I feel that since I've moved to the Canadian Rockies I've been exposed to forest fires every summer for the past five years, and have been evacuated on more than one occasion.
Aug
4
comment Trekking poles on planes
I can corroborate this inconsistency, I've brought home kids baseball bats (soft, foam) and sometimes they let me bring them onboard, sometimes I have to leave them at security. I wouldn't risk it, better to pay $25 to have them checked then to have to locate a shop and buy them all over again at your destination.
May
13
comment What should you be aware of when planning late-season or summer skiing?
I'd add that kneeling in the snow or falling means you'll get much wetter than you would in the winter, so although it's tempting to wear spring/summer clothing, you'll want at least your pants to be Gore-tex or similar. Wool is a good choice for your top if you want to breath in the heat.
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
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
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.
Feb
12
comment Are folding poles suitable for cross-country skiing?
AFter giving this question more thought I realized that unless you could collapse your skis then there's little advantage to having collapsible poles. For hiking the poles are the longest thing, for split-boarding you want the poles out of the way, but for cross-country, you're still going to always have those long skis.
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.).
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.
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.