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Backcountry Skiing California's Eastern Sierra Perfect Paperback – January 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wolverine Publishing; 1st edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979264464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979264467
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The steep and inviting mountains of the Eastern Sierra are without a doubt among the best zones for glisse alpinism in North America. And now there is a guidebook worthy of this impressive range. The authors have extensive first-hand knowledge of the best routes and have combined it with amazing photography and detailed maps to create a must-have guide for skiers and boarders everywhere. This guide will ride shotgun with me for many seasons to come! --Chris Davenport, Ski Alpinist.

It s the latter form that Dan Mingori and Nate Greenberg took with Backcountry Skiing California s Eastern Sierra, their new guide for some of the best and till now least documented ski mountaineering in North America. I d call this a no frills guidebook, except with so much color photography and beautiful map work that would be a misnomer. No bull would be a better phrase.
Opening Mingori and Greenberg's book is like taking a shotgun blast of snow to your face. After just a few dozen pages of intro material and obligatory advertising (no doubt to support the expense of using so much color printing), the route descriptions just go on, and on, and on. Incredibly crisp photos of nearly every line speak to the photographer s skills and Woverine Publishing s expertise in modern color pre-press work. Each route has a data block, important access info, slope angle, and even a rating system. --Lou Dawson, Wildsnow.com

More About the Author

I'm not entirely sure how I ended up becoming a photographer. It was a slow, gradual process that seemed to flow naturally from my love of the outdoors. Years of hiking, climbing, and skiing through the mountains presented me with ample opportunities, and the camera has always been by my side. I like to tell people that I became a photographer because it allows me to justify all of the time I "wasted" over the years. But the fact is, while it may not have been a conscious decision, I like to think this has been my plan all along.

My photographic process involves waking up early, staying out late, hiking in the dark, and occasionally getting lost in order to catch the dramatic lighting on the landscape. I sit and wait. Sometimes for hours on end. Often, it is rather cold. I sleep in the snow, on top of mountains, or sometimes not at all. And on 75% of those days, my camera doesn't even come out of my backpack. But every once in a while all of that work pays off, and I am able to capture something that I feel is truly worthy. Each image involves quite a bit of patience, timing, and luck.

The equipment I use to capture my photos is quite simple. The most important piece of equipment I have is a reliable alarm clock, followed by some decent hiking shoes, a bright headlamp, and occasionally a map. Food and water are also somewhat important, though I can get by without them.

For camera equipment, I have a sturdy tripod and a set of graduated neutral density filters. The images are captured using either a medium format film camera, or a modern digital camera. Beyond that, I try not to pay much attention to the technical aspects of my camera, as I strongly believe that equipment is irrelevant.

I am almost completely self taught, having taken only two photo classes in high school, and possessing a college degree in something completely unrelated. Instead of formal training, I have gone the route of trial and error. This has involved spending countless hours in the mountains, doing what I love. And just as many hours spent pouring over photographs, figuring out how to get better.

During the winter, my time is spent on skis, climbing mountains with friends and shooting photos along the way. The snow is what brought me to California, and backcountry skiing still remains my favorite pastime. In 2008 I co-authored a guidebook on the subject (Backcountry Skiing California's Eastern Sierra), and that is essentially what propelled me to where I am today.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brent Fremming on September 20, 2010
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Much work and editing went into creating this well-illustrated backcountry ski book. The vernacular "backcountry skiing" encompasses both AT-skiing, telemark-skiing and split-snowboarding.

This book addresses wonderful and challenging routes in the Sierra. Attempting any of these routes need to be taken very seriously by the prospective winter adventurer through avalanche preparedness, physical training, and common-sense. Many of the routes may require proper rope handling and climbing experience; these are only for the most-experienced. This book is one of the most attractive I have seen in a while and well worth it's $29.00 stamped cover price. I do not know if the book continues to be in print, so I would leap at an opportunity to purchase it if you have a chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keri on August 9, 2011
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Best book of this nature for the area. Most recent too. If you're a Mammoth patron, it can be purchased at Mammoth Mountaineering in town too.
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By Colin Wood on September 4, 2013
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THE definitive guide to Eastern Sierra BC skiing. Well worth paying full price for a new copy. Buy it. You won't be sorry.
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It looked good from what I saw of it before giving it as a gift to a skier friend of mine.
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