Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering

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The Mountaineers Books, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 339 pages
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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.
 

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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.

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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 startedguiding for Pro Guiding Service in 2002, becoming a certified AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide shortly after.

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