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A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche HazzardAuthor: Jill A. Fredston

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 6.9 inches ; 3,000 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • ASIN: 0964399407
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written, organized and concise.
Dennis Sobolik
We attended a class at REI about snowshoeing basics, the topic of avalanche safety came up and this was THE suggested book.
Jill Britton
A great read that you can get through quickly.
Har Rai Khalsa

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1999
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"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.
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 1999
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Used by avalanche professionals as a base for avalanche education classes. Small size but HUGE on concise information for learning to recognize, evaluate, and avoid potential avalanche hazards.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Melling on January 30, 2000
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As a longtime Alaskan, I feel fortunate to have had both Doug and Jill in many courses. The book Snow sense is now the required reading material for all Nat'l Ski Patrol avalanche courses, and rightly so. I read it at the begining of every season. True avalanche professionals. If you ever have the chance, come to Alaska and take one of their courses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1999
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"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...Their book "Snow Sense" is by far the best material available on staying alive in avalanche country."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nevwild on December 15, 2012
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Let's just hope I can internalize this text well enough to stay alive. As I learned, the good judgment is up to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christopher zubris on July 9, 2012
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The book is pretty well illustrated which is a big help. There really was an effort to explain something in detail and then put a simple review sheet at the end of every chapter. If needed someone could rip these review sheets out and stick them in a pack. I would have liked to see more avoidance tips but i guess there is only so much that can be said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on October 25, 2011
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This is must read material for anyone who will be traveling in backcountry terrain. I grew up skiing on the east coast and am moving out to the rockies this winter : I wanted to get serious about touring and this book was recommended to me for preparation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1999
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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 possiblities of avalanche and how to save yourself in case of one.
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