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bio website furtivecode.com
location Banff, Canada
age 38
visits member for 2 years, 6 months
seen Aug 9 at 17:16

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


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.
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.