Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering
The Mountaineers Books, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 339 pages
This is a guide for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers. It includes advice on techniques, safety, navigation, nutrition, fitness and decision making. The book also features information on recent evolutions in ski equipment, mountain weather and glaciers, trip planning tools, and emergency situations.
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The book received a one sided review from Wild Snow, Lou Dawsons Web site and I appreciate that. But I don't think
that what was missing was even mentionned. There are only 2 pages on Navigation while a competing book "Ski Randonnee" by Jean Vives has 9 pages on backcountry navigation. Glacier Travel is well covered but I wonder how many American skiers are skiing on glaciers?
This brings up a question: Is backcountry skiing only for experts? If that is so why are so many Europeans skiing in the backcountry? They can't all be experts. One individual who is in the "industry" told me flat out: the backcountry is only for experts. That is a one sided view of the sport. There are many skiers who are skiing the backcountry who are in more need of avalanche education than they are of rock climbing and glacier techniques which would be valuable if you were skiing on glaciers or rappelling into chutes. Very little in weather knowledge. 2 pages on clothing? 2 pages on winter survival?
One book doesn't have all the answers.
Bummer, the pages are scanned so you can't search the text... This will make it difficult to use on some devices. For $10.00 I'd expect more.
GEAR AND EQUIPMENT
TRANSITIONS FROM UNROPED TO ROPED TRAVEL IN GLACIATED TERRAIN
PROTECTION IN SKI MOUNTAINEERING
ANCHORS ON SNOW
ROCK PROTECTION AND ANCHORS
ICE PROTECTION AND ANCHORS
THE DECISION MAKING FRAMEWORK
SNOW SAFETY AVALANCHE AWARENESS AND AVALANCHE TERRAIN
THE MOUNTAIN SNOWPACK
UNDERSTANDING AND IDENTIFYING AVALANCHE TERRAIN
HUMAN FACTORS AND GROUP DYNAMICS
OBSERVATIONS AND AWARENESS FOR BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL
SKINNING IN DIFFICULT CONDITIONS
TRANSITIONS FROM SKINNING TO SKIING
TRANSITIONS FROM SKIING TO SKINNING
RANSITIONS FROM SNOW O GLACIATED TERRAIN
PRERIGGING FOR GLACIER TRAVEL
DOWNHILL SKIING TECHNIQUES
THE FRONTSIDE SKIER
SURVIVAL SKIING TECHNIQUES FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY
SKIING ON BELAY
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF AND THE MOUNTAINS
NUTRITION ON A SKI TOUR
THE MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT
ANATOMY OF A GLACIER
RESCUE TECHNIQUES AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT