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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


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.
Feb
24
comment How to treat shin splints while backpacking
Doctors can prescribe up to 3,200mg a day, so 4x200mg means you've hit your daily dose in 16 hrs.
Feb
24
comment How to treat shin splints while backpacking
FYI, 1,200 mg is considered the maximum daily dose for over the counter use of Ibuprofen.
Feb
19
comment How do you punch out toes in ski-touring boots?
Is punching out always done with heat? I've got another pair of Solomon boots where the inner left ankle creates a pressure point by afternoon when I'm skiing all day. What other techniques are there?
Feb
16
comment How to tell the time at night
Simpler than a watch?
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
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
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
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
comment How to get started skiing?
Or you could just use a real ski hill.