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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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* A must-have guide for those extending their hiking season during spring and fall months, looking for additional information on safe snow hiking

• Features 50 black & white photos and 15 illustrations

• An easy-to-use guide for safe travel over snow for all outdoor recreationists

Knowing how to travel on snow is an essential skill for many hikers,

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* A must-have guide for those extending their hiking season during spring and fall months, looking for additional information on safe snow hiking

• Features 50 black & white photos and 15 illustrations

• An easy-to-use guide for safe travel over snow for all outdoor recreationists

Knowing how to travel on snow is an essential skill for many hikers, climbers, peak baggers, and skiers/snowboarders. Snow Travel: Skills for Climbing, Hiking, and Moving Across Snow (Mountaineers Outdoor Experts Series) is a comprehensive how-to book covering all the essential techniques for kicking steps, using crampons, and using an ice ax for going up, traversing, resting, and descending snow. Author Mike Zawaski, a longtime climber and instructor with the Colorado Outward Bound School brings a whole new level of detail to the art and skill of kicking steps and using your ice ax to help you travel safely and efficiently on snow.

You will find detailed descriptions of techniques not found together in other books including: climbing over a lip, the decision-making process, how to choose a route, snow hazards, putting on and removing skis on a steep slope, self-arresting with ski poles, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594857201
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Pages:
189
Sales rank:
382,837
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

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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Snow Travel: Skills for Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many of us who travel in the mountains take for granted the hazards of snow travel. I have volunteered on several Search and Rescue teams and can tell you from personal experience that accidents can happen when we do not use proper technique and equipment when traveling on snow. It is so much more fun to reach a summit when you have the skills Mike Zawaski shows and describes in Snow Travel: Skills for Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!  I am a retired outdoor educator, mountaineering instructor and guide.  This book serves as an excellent resource for all information related to snow travel. Whether you are a beginner or professional, this book will prove extremely useful.  Beginners will learn the basics to advanced snow travel techniques and professionals can use it as a resource for teaching progressions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent and concise manual covering all aspects of snow travel. Primarily aimed at the novice, this book is very readable with clear descriptions, appropriate illustrations, and excellent photographs making it easy to understand. The seasoned snow traveler will also enjoy this comprehensive review and discussion of more advanced techniques. There is a good chapter on hazard avoidance. This book is a worthy addition to any mountain library and keeps good company with that revered classic "The Freedom of the Hills".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an outdoor educator and plan to use this book for reference and teaching in my university classes. Zawaski has covered the bases with a readable, thorough treatment of snow travel that is valuable to a broad audience; from the recreational peak bagger wanting to get out on more difficult terrain, to the aspiring mountaineer.