Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering

Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering

by Martin Volken, Margaret Wheeler
     
 

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Ready to explore the serious backcountry terrain but want some help to enable you to do so safely and successfully? This authoritative new guide, written by a team of ski mountaineering experts and illustrated with more than 200 photos, provides instruction on traditional mountaineering skills, such as roped climbing, setting protection anchors, and using ice axes,… See more details below

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Ready to explore the serious backcountry terrain but want some help to enable you to do so safely and successfully? This authoritative new guide, written by a team of ski mountaineering experts and illustrated with more than 200 photos, provides instruction on traditional mountaineering skills, such as roped climbing, setting protection anchors, and using ice axes, that you'll need in the technical, high alpine environment. Emphasis is placed on being well-informed and making good decisions whenever you strap on your skis and head into the backcountry. Backcountry Skiing features: Intermediate-to-advanced techniques for ski touring and ski mountaineering, Skills for mastering uphill travel, Primers on mountain weather and avalanche safety, Professional advice on selecting gear, troubleshooting, and adapting to varying conditions, Information on constructing emergency shelters and sleds, Tips for wilderness trip planning and navigation.

About the Author:
Martin Volken is one of only three officially certified Swiss Guides working in the U.S.

About the Author:
Scott Schell is a certified AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide and has led numerous single- and multi-day trips in the Cascades, British Columbia's Coast Range

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Editorial Reviews

Everett WA The Herald
For those skiers who want to test themselves in the snowy wilds, Backcountry Skiing is just the ticket.
Backcountry Magazine
Backcountry Skiing is a brain-dump of some of the most dialed ski mountaineers in the U.S. Intermediate, to the most advanced ski mountaineers will find answers to their burning questions [inside].
Off-Piste Magazine
Backcountry Skiing is the skier's equivalent of Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, and should prove a valueable resource for any skier looking to be well-informed and make good decisions in the mountains
Skiing Magazine
[A] backcountry bible.
WildSnow.com
Volken's new book Backcountry Skiing (with co-authors Scott Schell and Margaret Wheeler) is indeed a magnum opus. Not only is this one of the most current backcountry skiing how-tos I've ever seen, but it covers an amazing gamut of information . . . [an example is] chapter 2 "Decision-Making in Avalanche Terrain." Again, an incredibly detailed effort that could easily be used as a text book for outdoor education . . . [or] chapter 4, "Uphill Movement," which again gets incredibly detailed. If you're new to the game, I'd say this chapter alone makes the book worth the price . . . If you can't learn something from this book, you're either brain dead or terminally arrogant. Highly recommended. Good gift for a backcountry skier or alpinist of any ability level.
—Lou Dawson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594850387
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Mountaineers Outdoor Expert Series
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
585,017
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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