Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering

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The Mountaineers Books, Nov 27, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 344 pages
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* For intermediate-to-advanced backcountry skiers
* Includes trip planning, navigation, fitness, and avalanche safety information,
in addition to techniques
* Provides advice on how to make well-informed backcountry decisions

Martin Volken and his co-authors provide skiers with all the tools and knowledge they need to safely and successfully travel in the mountain backcountry. The guide features intermediate-to-advanced techniques for ski touring and ski mountaineering, from planning backcountry trips to perfecting turns in rolling terrain and mastering uphill climbing. For those skiers ready for a more technical, high alpine environment, they draw on traditional mountaineering skills, including roped climbing, setting protection anchors, using ice axes, climbing on bare rock, and more.

In addition to mastering techniques, Backcountry Skiing also features information on recent evolutions in ski equipment; avalanche safety tips; a primer on mountain weather and glaciers, trip planning tools, a discussion of emergency situations, nutrition and fitness advice, and winter camping basics.

Throughout this guide, a special emphasis is put on being well-informed and making good decisions -- whenever you strap on your skis and skins and head out into the backcountry.


 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
9
INTRODUCTION
11
GEAR AND EQUIPMENT
20
SKIS
22
BOOTS
28
BINDINGS
32
SKINS
39
POLES
47
TRANSITIONS FROM UNROPED TO ROPED TRAVEL IN GLACIATED TERRAIN
188
PROTECTION IN SKI MOUNTAINEERING
193
ANCHOR BASICS
194
ANCHORS ON SNOW
195
ROCK PROTECTION AND ANCHORS
203
ICE PROTECTION AND ANCHORS
207
SEATED BELAYS
212
ROPED TRAVEL
217

BOOT CRAMPONS
48
ICE AXES
51
HARNESSES
52
CLOTHING
53
DAY PACKS
60
OVERNIGHT PACKS
62
ROPES
63
THE DECISION MAKING FRAMEWORK
83
SNOW SAFETY AVALANCHE AWARENESS AND AVALANCHE TERRAIN
87
THE MOUNTAIN SNOWPACK
91
UNDERSTANDING AND IDENTIFYING AVALANCHE TERRAIN
98
OUR PLANNING
106
HUMAN FACTORS AND GROUP DYNAMICS
115
OBSERVATIONS AND AWARENESS FOR BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL
120
NAVIGATION
132
NAVIGATION TECHNIQUES
134
UPHILL MOVEMENT
140
TURNS
147
SKINNING IN DIFFICULT CONDITIONS
161
TRACK SETTING
167
TRANSITIONS
180
TRANSITIONS FROM SKINNING TO SKIING
183
TRANSITIONS FROM SKIING TO SKINNING
184
RANSITIONS FROM SNOW O GLACIATED TERRAIN
187
PRERIGGING FOR GLACIER TRAVEL
220
DOWNHILL SKIING TECHNIQUES
236
THE FRONTSIDE SKIER
237
SURVIVAL SKIING TECHNIQUES FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY
238
SKIING ON BELAY
242
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF AND THE MOUNTAINS
248
STAYING WARM
249
PLANNED SHELTERS
250
NUTRITION ON A SKI TOUR
254
MOUNTAIN ETHICS
256
THE MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT
262
ANATOMY OF A GLACIER
266
RESCUE TECHNIQUES AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
276
SELFRESCUE
287
CREVASSE RESCUE
291
EMERGENCY SHELTERS
307
EMERGENCY SLEDS
311
FIRSTAID KITS
317
REPAIR KITS
320
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
321
RESOURCES APPENDIX
324
GLOSSARY
328
INDEX
336
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A native of Switzerland, MARTIN VOLKEN is one of only three officially certified Swiss Guides working in the U.S. today. He is also an instructor and examiner for the American Mountain Guides Association's (AMGA) elite certification and founder of Pro Guiding Services.

Coauthor SCOTT SCHELL is a certified AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide and has led numerous single- and multi-day trips in the Cascades, the Coast Range of British Columbia, and the Alps.

Coauthor MARGARET WHEELER started guiding for Pro Guiding Service in 2002, becoming a certified AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide shortly after.

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