Snow Travel: Skills for Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow

Snow Travel: Skills for Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow

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by Mike Zawaski
     
 

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Learn to conquer year-round snow travel—and go where you want, anytime you want

  • Latest addition to the popular Mountaineers Outdoor Expert series
  • Features 50 black & white photos and 15 illustrations
  • An easy-to-use guide for safe travel over snow for all outdoor recreationists

Snow Travel: Skills for Climbing,

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Learn to conquer year-round snow travel—and go where you want, anytime you want

  • Latest addition to the popular Mountaineers Outdoor Expert series
  • Features 50 black & white photos and 15 illustrations
  • An easy-to-use guide for safe travel over snow for all outdoor recreationists

Snow Travel: Skills for Climbing, Hiking, and Moving Across Snow (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert Series) is a comprehensive how-to book covering all the essential techniques for safe and efficient movement across snow fields. Author Mike Zawaski, a longtime instructor with Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), has decades of snow-travel experience. Whether you're a hiker, scrambler, backcountry skier, climber, or general winter traveler, you will discover fundamental information including:

  1. Picking the right gear and other pre-trip planning: ice ax, crampons, clothing, and essentials for safety
  2. How to choose a route: evaluating snowpack and picking out the fall line
  3. Basics of kicking steps: walking flat-footed, front pointing, duck stepping, stepping efficiently with crampons or ski/snowboard boots, and more
  4. Using your ice ax: traversing, chopping steps, glissading, self arresting, and utizlizing a range of ice-ax positions
  5. Snow hazards: elephant traps, cornices, sunburn, snow bridges, and post-holes
  6. Lesson plans: how to share your knowledge with others

Mike Zawaski has been climbing mountains for 20 years and has made ascents of snowy peaks in Alaska, Peru, Mexico, and on all types of snow across the United States. He has taught mountaineering courses for Outward Bound for over 15 years, worked in mountain rescue with Yosemite Search and Rescue, and taught for the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. An instructor of astronomy, geology, and outdoor education at Front Range Community College, Zawaski is also the founder of The Observant Naturalist, a science education nonprofit. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594857201
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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