Mountain Weather: Backcountry Forecasting and Weather Safety for Hikers, Campers, Climbers, Skiers and Snowboarders

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For hikers, climbers, and skiers heading into the mountains: Does the weather say "go" or "stay home"? A meteorologist (and outdoorsman) guides your decision.
  • Reading clouds, wind patterns, snow conditions, and other clues, pre-trip and on the mountain
  • Strategies for safety and survival in adverse weather conditions
  • Regional mountain weather phenomena to watch for across the U.S.

Working as a broadcast meteorologist, Jeff Renner hears all too frequent reports about weather-related hiking, climbing, and skiing accidents. He'll teach you how to avoid becoming a statistic: all it takes is a little basic weather knowledge, pre-trip planning, and vigilance on the mountain.

Renner discusses the best information sources to guide you, clues to watch for in the field, and how to analyze it all, with particular emphasis on potential threats due to thunderstorms, mountain winds, snow, and avalanche hazards. If you do get caught under stormy skies, he'll tell you how to limit your exposure. The book is filled with tip lists and concrete examples. Renner also includes chapters on weather patterns region by region across the U.S., highlighted by reference maps.

Author Bio:Jeff Renner is Chief Meteorologist for KING5 TV, an NBC affiliate in Seattle, Washington. A former flight instructor, he is an avid skier, climber, and hiker. He is the author of Lightning Strikes: Staying Safe Under Stormy Skies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898868197
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Mountaineers Outdoor Basics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,004,212
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Mountain weather : an introduction 11
Ch. 2 Mountain weather 101 21
Ch. 3 Mountain thunderstorms 101 48
Ch. 4 Strategies for safety and survival 66
Ch. 5 Mountain winds 87
Ch. 6 Mountain snow 116
Ch. 7 Pre-trip weather briefings 133
Ch. 8 Trail notes : regional weather guidance 163
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2006

    Weather gone bad!

    Jeff Renner does an outstanding job of bringing weather forecasting down to a level the average person can understand. His book is peppered with easy-to-understand charts, graphs and formulae. If you venture into the mountains anywhere along the west coast, this book should be a good guide in forecasting what the weather conditions will be. Know what your personal 'minimums' are and stick to them to stay alive and enjoy the outdoors...again.

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