Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard Paperback – Jun 2001
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Avalanches are not acts of God. This valuable book details how to read terrain, snowpack, and weather variables to determine the possibilities of avalanche and how to save yourself in case of one. -- "The Outside Canon:A Few Great Books, Outside Magazine, May 1996
Here's a book you should have. I know, I know, everybody says that but this is different. This book lays out what avalanches are and how they happen, and it will save your life. Now notice I didn't say this is a book you should have on your bookshelf. This one should be in the top pocket of your pack. Simply put, "Snow Sense" is a pocket guide to safe snow travel, whether you're hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, or mountaineering in high risk areas.
Read it once. Read it again. Take it into the field and practice the skills it teaches. Every time I hear of another avalanche-caused death in the Rockies, I wish the victim had read this book. Ther survivors must read it. -- Mark Jenkins, Backpacker, May 1995
Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler are the best avalanche instructors in North America, period. No other teachers have more credibility or put as much effort into the curriculum, presentation, and teaching methods. Fredston and Fesler's multi-day courses are lively affairs, insightful blends of theory, practice, fieldwork, humor, and thinking on your feet. Bruce Tremper, director of the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center, calls them "artistry." Their book "Snow Sense" is by far the best material available on staying alive in avalanche country. And their non-profit organization, the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, is one of the highest-regarded outfits for avalanche forecasting, mitigation, and hazard evaluation. -- Powder Magazine, Steve Casimiro, March 1999
About the Author
Doug Fesler and Jill Fredston have worked for many years as avalanche provessionals. Together, they run the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in avalanche hazard evaluation, forecasting, mitigation, and education. They are also directors of the Alaska Avalanche School which is widely recognized for providing intensive, field-oriented avalanche hazard evaluation and mountain safety training.
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Avalanches don't simply explode out of nowhere. The ones that kill people are usually started by the victims. This book will teach you that such catastrophes are avoidable. You can learn to recognize and evaluate avalanche hazards. You can learn to "read" the snowpack, "read" the mountains, and save your skin. "Snow Sense" is a hands-on, explicit, clear-thinking, hard-hitting field guide that teaches you how. By studying the book's "bulls-eye" clues to snowpack stability, hardness tests, shear block tests, weather analysis, simple physics, and hazard checklists, you'll come away with all you need to know about avalanches and how to avoid being caught by one.
Read it once. Read it again. Take it into the field and practice the skills it teaches. Every time I hear of another avalanche-caused death in the Rockies, I wish the victim had read this book. The survivors must read it.
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