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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


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 What is the proper tension for a tent line
This is a great question, I've always made my lines as tight as possible, maybe that's not such a great idea after all.
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.
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
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
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
comment How to get started skiing?
And don't buy skis and boots until you've rented and tried it a few times.
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
2
comment What can I do about those obnoxious biting flies?
Ex-military here, in our regiment we'd rank Skin-so-Soft as 2nd place to the old Muskol that had 100% DEET, and citronella a distant 3rd place.