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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898868343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898868340
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The textbook for course instructors." -- Skiing Magazine

If [you have room] for just one avalanche safety book, you will be well served by [this book]. -- Couloir

Just about everything a book can teach you about avalanche safety. -- Ogden Standard-Examiner

About the Author

Bruce Tremper is the director of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center and coordinated backcountry avalanche safety preparations for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He is one of the nation's foremost experts on avalanches, and has appeared in news reports and documentaries produced by National Geographic, PBS, and Discovery Channel, among others. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Absolute must read!
V. Fishbaugh
Gives you a good understanding of all aspects of avalanche safety from snowpack to search and rescue techniques.
Mike
The book is very well laid out and informative without too much technical lingo.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Peter S. Roland on May 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I own 6 of the most popular books on avalanche safety; this is by far the best. The core information needed to assess avalanche risk is given in some detail but the explanations are presented in "everyday" terms and are quite easy to understand. None-the-less,Tremper never talks down to his readers and the full level of complexity inherent in the subject matter is maintained. This is simply a very well written book by an author who appearantly is able to write well naturally. He would probably do very well writing about any subject.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Edgar E. Webster IV on February 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Bruce Tremper has written the book compiling modern information about avalanche dragons & staying safe in their lair. From the first hand narrative of Bruce's introduction to the power of avalanches to the avalanche actuarial table illustrating the necessity of making good decisions to detailed specific information for backcountry travellers trying to stay safe on skis, snowboards & snowmobiles Bruce shares the knowledge gained from his 25yrs of professional avalanche experience. Full of firsthand wisdom, gentle humor, terrific illustrations & photographs this is a very readable text on what often is a very dry subject. Everyone who knows Bruce's Utah avalanche forecasts will have an idea of what to expect. Everyone else can look forward to enjoying a common-sense easy to understand book written with passion & humor on state of the art avalanche safety for backcountry travellers. If you travel in avalanche terrain you want to read this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Edgerly on December 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
In Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Tremper has found the "sweet spot" in modern avalanche education. With the changing demographics of winter backcountry users, it is becoming increasingly difficult to satisfy everyone all of the time. Tremper pulls it off with a writing style and progressive approach that is easily digested by novices, yet technically insightful for snow safety veterans. The book is also unique in its "cross-cultural" approach to snow safety, addressing the subject from the perspective of not just skiers, but snowmobilers and snowboarders. This comprehensive, yet entertaining book will become core reading material for students of snow safety for years to come.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Blum on January 8, 2004
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This is an excellent, highly enjoyable introductory book to avalanche safety. Tremper nicely balances technical detail with readability far better than any avy book I've seen. With its copious figures and pictures, it's almost impossible to get bogged down in the middle chapters and abandon the effort. Additionally, his chapter discussing the influence of human nature on avalanche accidents is unique and highly insightful. This is a wonderful first book that will inspire many readers to pursue further avalanche training, and hopefully save lives.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Krzesinski on February 3, 2005
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This book is comprehensive and very thorough. Even though it's the first book I've read on avalanche safety and do not have much experience in winter mountain travel I found this book very easy to read and comprehend. Some parts are repetitive and I wish I could skip them but I'm afraid I might miss an important point. The last chapter on human mentality is very insightful and perhaps it sets this book apart from others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Partelly Dan on May 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
The books is written in a easy to follow style,no-nonsense,and contains both academical info about avalanches and practical , hot tips. A lot of valuable information is packed up in this book. The book is also copiously illustrated with both photos and graphical drawings to reinforce the knowledge contained in the text.

All in all, it's a book that everybody which deals in mountain sports , or professionaly work in avalanche exposed terrains should read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fred Kellner on March 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Best Avalanche book I have ever read. I would recommend to pros and novices alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RoJ on June 24, 2013
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This guide has a practical approach to avalanche avoidance for a person in avalanche country in contradistinction to the newer editions of the Avalanche Handbook (still very interesting) which now aims more at academic aspects of the study of avalanche conditions and control.
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