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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


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
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
7
comment Why don't we apply the principles of layering when it comes to pants?
Unless you're going commando you're already wearing two layers.
Dec
7
comment Are there significant behaviour differences among bear species to adopt different safety rules?
I complete agree with Russell, play dead until it bites, then fight back. Also, bring bear spray when travelling in the woods.
Dec
4
comment Preferred way to wrap someone with Hypothermia?
I can confirm in the Canadian Forces we did similar (sleeping bag liner inside sleeping bag inside arctic sleeping bag with hot water bottles inside).
Dec
3
comment Performance of fur garments?
A big difference between fur and down/synthetic/synthetic fur is that fur has a leather backing, usually adding considerable weight.
Nov
16
comment What shoes keep me warm in the cold?
And for the record, my current winter shoes are Scarpa Crux approach shoes with wool socks.
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
comment How many GeoCaches are registered in Germany by OpenCaching?
You should contact Openchaching.de rather than ask here.
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.
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.
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.
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
comment Is digging a “cold hole” really effective when sheltering in a snowed area?
This also referred to as a "cold air sump".
May
10
comment How do you determine how long a hike will take?
As a hiker in the Canadian Rockies I can assert that these numbers match my own experience.
Mar
19
comment Looking for a boot recommendation
If you go the rental way, try calling Gear Up Sports gearupsport.com in Canmore, they don't mention it on their site but they rent mountaineering eqpt. Wish I could answer you but I don't know anything about mountaineering.