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Product Details

  • Series: Backcountry Ski
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (February 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594856567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594856563
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Volken is the owner of Pro Ski Service and Pro Guiding Service and is an IFMGA -certified Swiss Mountain
Guide. In addition, Volken is an instructor/examiner for the AMGA ski mountaineering program and a gear designer for top brands of skis and outdoor clothing. He is also the co-author of the best-selling Backcountry Skiing, which is the primary reference for many wilderness ski and snowboard courses.
Martin lives with his family in North Bend, Washington.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Beck on January 28, 2014
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I previously bought "100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington" by Rainer Burgdorfer and was disappointed by the vague descriptions and near-useless maps and was wary of the same issue with this guide, but happily I was very wrong.

This only arrived today, but I'm really impressed with what I've seen so far - this looks to be one of the best outdoor guides I've seen for any activity. The descriptions seem to have a old level of detail, and I appreciate the route summaries breaking down the difficulty to overall, ski, fitness, and technical (alpine climbing), as well as commitment levels, (where as Burgdorfer's book has only one skill level that somehow encompasses climbing, fitness, and skiing skill levels). The highlight over the Burgdorfer book are the maps! The maps in the 100Classic are poorly printed and barely-readable -- I've tried translating maps routes in the 100Classic book to the green-trails topo maps I have on hand to limited success -- whereas these new maps are clear relief-shaded topo maps that don't make me reach for the green-trails. They are clear and are well marked. There are a number of aerial photos of routes and they are nicely marked with routes which makes for a nice bonus of the routes that have them.
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By arvin on May 22, 2014
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It is a very informative book and a great attempt to cover the major routes in the State. The maps were very helpful.
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I have a collection of backcountry guide books for the Northwest, but the detailed routes described were much better than my other sources. My only regret was a paucity of easier routes, but all in all, this book is a game changer!
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I have several of Martin's books and I find they have great details from getting to the trail, to completing the tour safely including emergency exits if necessary. The books really allow you to adventure on your own and explore new areas with confidence. Not quite a replacement for hiring one of Martin's guides, its a great second place. I am doing the spearhead traverse this spring and will rely heavily on this book for planning.
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By cc on February 14, 2014
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wow! great old and new routes and a bonus tour at the end! A thoughtful and diverse collection of powder!
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