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

Snow Travel: Skills for Climbing, Hiking, and Moving 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594857201
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
935,778
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 Moving 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.