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Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book [Paperback]

Allen O'Bannon , Mike Clelland
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Jan. 1 1996 Allen & Mike's Series
Practical advice from two NOLS instructors on all aspects of winter backcountry travel and camping. Funny & practical illustrations.

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This book is a wealth of tips, knowledge and experience that every wintertime backcountry traveler will find, clear, concise, essential, and most certainly entertaining.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's true, this is a really cool book! May 10 1998
Here's a little story about this book. A guy walks into a mountaineering store in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and asks for a book on backcountry skiing and the sales-lady shows him this book. He only glances at it an states: "I meant a real book."
Our society is in a misserable state of de-evolution and this guy is living proof of the sorry state of humanity! Needless to say, this guy is totally lame!
Watch for the follow up book; TELEMARK TIPS! This review was also a form of shameless self promotion by the Mike guy from the title.
For all your backcountry skiing needs, this book is your one stop source and it is full of MAD magazine (and R.Crumb) inspired illustrations. These cartoons are funny and informitive plus the text is awsome too! Black Diamond equiptment is the leading sourse of backcountry skiing gear and they keep a copy in their bathroom! Talk about a place of honor, what aer you waighting for? You NEED this book! 'Nuf said... Mike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book on cool weather camping Feb. 19 2003
Well, I just panned a different book and said don't waste your money so now its time to even the score.
This book is great fun. I have lots of winter camping books and do a fair amount of winter camping. Other books may have more information, but none covers all of the basics with as much humor as this one. I do alpine skiing and snowshoeing so the coverage of tele skiing wasn't of particular interest...but I still really enjoyed reading those sections, too.
It is hard to describe the authors' irreverent approach while dealing with serious (life and death) topics, but they somehow pull it off. This is really a great book to engage someone who isn't already a hard-core winter camper...so if you are, buy it for your significant other (assuming you haven't been able to get them enthused about spending a winter weekend outdoors.) If they don't enjoy this book, you may officially give up on them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book July 19 2001
This is the first book review I have ever written, so bear with me. Being Mike's Mom, I could possibly be a little prejudiced regarding "Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book." However, I am amazed at the information that is available along with the informative cartoons to help skiers with their traveling & camping skills......Never having had the opportunity to enjoy the backcountry, I envy all (both young & old) the joy of spending time outdoors during the winter months...ENJOY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars get it & get it Nov. 20 2001
it is awesome! these guys are nols instructors. one guy provides the incredibly helpful commentary while the other guy provides the humorous illustrations. you will be howling with laughter as you read this great book. my bet is that humor/laughter aids the memorization process. that is key in this case because there are some truly essential tips in this book! not to be without! can't wait to wintercamp this year. they also have a telemark tips book which is very good too...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Fair!! April 14 1999
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I've been a back-country skier for almost 20 years now. My first reaction to this book was that it's NOT FAIR that rookie snow campers can now easily know all of the tricks that I had to learn the hard way. All those cold nights, hands, and ***** wasted!! Where was this book when I was learning? It makes it too easy! My second reaction was to some of the neat tricks I hadn't learned ....until now. Highly recommended - grudgingly!
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