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Required reading for backcountry safety.

Winter recreation in the backcountry has increased steadily over the years and so has the number of deaths and injuries caused by avalanches. As search and rescue teams are increasingly strapped for funding, self-education has become a larger necessity for snow-sport enthusiasts. The new edition of Bruce Tremper's seminal Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain Book is organized according to the structure of American Avalanche Association classes and all chapters have been updated and reviewed by peer experts. While it's a valuable resource, this book does not replace the need for an avalanche safety course, equipment, and a knowledgeable partner.

  • Provides easy-to-follow instructions on crucial avalanche safety skills
  • Revised with most recent data and techniques
  • Ideal for skier, snowboarders, snowshoers, snowmobilers, climber, hunters, and hikers
  • This book does not replace the need for an avalanche safety course, equipment, and a knowledgeable partner.
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Bruce Tremper
The Mountaineers Books
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backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding

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Well written

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Well written, informative, and with a dash of humour. This was a great book for me to prepare for spending time in the backcountry.

Must Have for Backcountr

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I highly recommend picking this book up. Whether you are just getting started in backcounrty travel, or have been doing it for years, I think this book can be very helpful to have. If you are just getting started, this is a phenomenal first step. Reading this before taking any class will allow for you to actually absorb all of the information and scientific terms thrown at you in an Avy 1 class. Feel free to reach out directly with any questions!

Great Resource

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great resource! Lots of indepth knowledge that will help you make educated decisions. That being said practice is as if not more important than knowledge so be sure to keep practicing!

Read it Again and Again

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You can read this one over and over again and get something new every time. Tremper's writing style, even when discussing very technical aspects of snow metamorphosis and avalanche mechanics, is always casual and approachable.

Everyone from complete beginners to experts can get something out of this. Some of it might be over your head if you've never taken an avalanche course and haven't spent much time in avalanche terrain, but you can still understand and benefit from many of the chapters.

Get this, read it, highlight it, mark it up, dog ear pages. Keep it on your dashboard or your coffee table. This is THE book to own about avalanches.

Textbook for backcountry travel.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bottom line, if you travel in avalanche terrain, this book is full of essential knowledge. It has everything you should be familiar with if you are entering avalanche terrain. Plus, if you like to geek out on snow science like I do, but want it put straight forward, this book explains it all in easy to understand terms. Bruce Tremper was the director of the Utah Avalanche Center here in Utah. His years on slope studying snow and what snow does have kept me safe out there. I would highly recommend reading this book. Know before you go.

A must read!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

A must read. Not much more to say. The writing is entertaining, scary, informative and helpful to developing a framework to apply in the backcountry. It's a quick and fun read but most importantly - educational. Get one for yourself or a friend/loved one that plans to go into the backcounty.

A must read

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Anyone that visits the backcountry on a regular basis or plans to get into the backcountry for the first time should pick up a copy of this book. It mixes the appropriate amount of "scare the shit out of you" with technical information that will help you make better, more thoughtful decisions that could save your life. I read though a few of the key chapters every year to stay sharp. Also, as a plus, the writing is entertaining. This isn't your average dry boring textbook. GET A COPY!

Great gift for an aspiring backcountry skier or rider!