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Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book

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Make your next ski trip as fun and enjoyable as possible with the Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book Falcon Guides. This books makes prepping and learning a fun and easy experience that you'll enjoy almost as much as the trip itself....almost. PRODUCT FEATURES: Author: Allen O'Bannon Illustrated by Mike Clelland Softcover 121 pages Black-and-white illustrations Globe Pequot Press; copyright 2007 Learn how to choose the right equipment, avoid hazards such as avalanches and extreme cold, and how to build snow shelters Also has pointers on how to have fun while staying safe and minimizing your impact on nature Made in USA 100964 , falcon guides Allen & Mikes Really Cool Backcountry Ski Books , Allen & Mikes Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book falcon guides , falcon guides Allen & Mikes Backcountry Ski Books , Allen & Mikes Backcountry Ski Book falcon guides , falcon guides Really Cool Backcountry Ski Books , Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book falcon guides , falcon guides Allen & Mikes Really Cool Ski Books , Allen & Mikes Really Cool Ski Book falcon guides , falcon guides Allen & Mikes Really Cool Backcountry Skis , Allen & Mikes Really Cool Backcountry Ski falcon guides , books , guides , guide books , how to books , falcon guides books , falcon guides guide books , falcon guides how to books , ski books , falcon guides ski books

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I bought this book because I wanted to get into BC skiing and have a lot of questions about the diffs of tele vs AT, use of skins etc...
The book really doesnt offer much info on skiing. It does however have a lot of info on camping in winter conditions in an easy to read format with lots of pictures.
So if you need info regarding camping in the snow this would probably be a good book for you, if your like me and looking for more info on types of systems when you would want one over the other etc.. you should probably pass on this book.
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BackCountry Ski Book is a little bit misleading of a title, it really is more of a guide to the backcountry written for skiiers. This book is filled with nuggets of wisdom on how to survive and have a great time in the backcountry, when you are skiing.
Much of the book assumes some familiarity with skiing and the outdoors. An absolute beginner can still glean new ideas from context. If this is your first introduction to avalanche safety, and you are planning a trip where this will be important to know stuff, you can get a good intro from this book. The writers also give a list of recommended resources for anyone who needs or want more information.
Clellands cartoon illustrations scattered throughout the book are helpful in understanding the text. The Gonnick style humor keeps the illustrations funny and educational. After O'Bannion states why doing something in a particular manner may not be wise, and gives a better way to manage, one of Clellands illustrations will give you a picture to prove O'Bannion's point.
Some of the tips and suggestions in this book occasionally contradict one another - both Clelland and O'Bannion put in their own favorite tips, even when they disagreed. This allows the reader to select the best idea for themselves. The writers were clear to include under what conditions each idea works best.
This book does not give a lot of instruction on exactly how to ski in the backcountry. You won't find a lengthy discussion of body mechanics on all-mountain vs alpine vs classic skis on virgin powder or slopes. There is some brief discussion on how to get uphill on skis, and similar skills necessary when you aren't at a ski resort.
This book does not have an index, making it a little more challenging to go back and use the book as a reference.
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This book is pretty great. It is quite detailed with those little best practice nuances and gotchas as well as plain and simple practical comfort advice. There is a strong focus on safety through out the book.
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This is a must read for anyone looking to hone their 4th season backpacking skills; as an experienced winter backcountry traveler I grabbed this title to tickle my imagination - outdoor books help get me fired up - and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of useful strategies contained within that I immediately incorporated into my own routine. Clelland's illustrations are awesome as always (his "Ultralight Backpackin' Tips" and "Lighten Up" are 5 Star Reads as well), and don't be confused by the "backcountry ski" title: this is a fantastic resource for anyone who enjoys a challenging winter overnight by boot, snowshoe, snowboard or ski.
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My reason for not rating the book any higher is that I was expecting a more advanced level of instruction. This book is better suited for people who have little or no experience in the outdoors in winter. However, there are some great tips for the more experienced as well, such as building snow shelters.
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This book isn't going to be for everyone. Just take a look at most of the books out there about outdoor sports. Most of them are essentially gear guides, destined to be outdated in five years or less. While this book will give you plenty of helpful info about gear selection, the author and illustrator are much more interested in equipping readers with the actual skills needed to have fun in the backcountry.
In a strange way, this book is (dare I say it?) timeless. Even when the next generation of carbon-titanium-petroleather telemark boots hit the shelves, people will still need advice on how to take their skiing from the resort slopes to the wilderness. That's where this book comes in.
Finally, this book is a great resource for snowshoers and pretty much anyone who might find themselves on a trail in the snow! Don't hesitate to pick this book up, even if you don't ski!
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There are many tips in this book that may be of value for winter camping even if you do not ski to get there. The information is presented in an easy to retain manner with humor and cartoons. I may even try to ski one day.
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Found this gem at a thrift store and was wondering if there was an updated edition. Awesome book with loads of useful information and helpful hints from guys with lots of experience. Funny book with great sketches, highly recommended!
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