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Scott Schell is a certified AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide and has guided extensively throughout the United States, including Alaska, as well as in Canada and Europe. An avid ski mountaineer, Scott has been involved in avalanche and guiding education as an instructor and trainer for AIARE and a former AMGA ski discipline instructor. As the former manager of Pro Ski Service in Seattle, he saw the need for a ski mountaineering book that would provide a comprehensive source for the backcountry skier. While toting his cameras throughout North America and Europe, Scott has captured many memorable and compelling images through the trained eye of both a photographer and mountain guide. To learn more about Scott's work, please visit www .schellphoto.com. Scott's passion for ski mountaineering, alpine climbing and the outdoors is only surpassed by his affection for his longtime partner, Margaret.
Margaret Wheeler is a ski, alpine, and rock climbing guide who has led trips throughout Europe and North America. An active member of the guiding community, she is an instructor of guide training for the AMGA and serves on its board of directors. She is involved in avalanche education through her work as an AIARE instructor and trainer. In the development of her ski mountaineering career, Margaret has been a member of several women's expeditions pioneering first ski descents in India and the Altai mountains of Mongolia. In 2006, she became the second woman in the United States to complete her IFMGA/UIAGM certification. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Dartmouth College and a master's in mechanical engineering from University of Washington. When she's not in the mountains, Margaret works part-time for a Seattle-based engineering fi rm, and lives in Snoqualmie, Washington, with her long-time squeeze, Scott.
This is a book for people new to the sport or experience backcountry travelers!
I used to teach alpine touring and ski mountaineering in the army and this would have been a great book to have around as the textbook.
It allows beginners to develop a good base of knowledge and provides a great reference for those with years of experience.
Great tool for anyone wanting to gain valuable knowledge about backcountry skiing/mountaineeringPublished 2 months ago by Ben Zavora
Good information to know if your are going to get into backcountry and especially if you want to do it safely. Read morePublished 3 months ago by charlee
This is a book for people new to the sport or experience backcountry travelers! It covers gear to planning to intro to Avi.Published 8 months ago by Tiffany Love-Chezem
Comprehensive and clear handbook on exploring the backcountry on skies from beginner to advanced skier, telemark and alpine. Cover both equipment and best practices.Published 10 months ago by Joel
Someone read my mind! This is exactly what I was looking for. I can ski and I can do mountaineering but the marriage of the two is what I needed help with. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard W. Englebert
Very good, complete general overview for getting started and getting informed on what you really need to learn about backcountry skking. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mattie Engler
Lots of specific skill sets and ideas for surviving crises in the backcountry, where resourcefulness and improvisation is everything. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dave
A solid read. Covers the basics quite well. The section on avalanches and snowpack was a bit confusing, but admittedly I'm new to the subject, and it may be a confusing topic.Published 19 months ago by Thomas W. Quigley
Great information for skiers who are just starting out to those wishing to improve their game. Detailed tips from very experienced skiers, as well as fun, informative photography. Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by Dustin Clelen