Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. I love this whole book series. Great for all ages. I especially like that the illustrations add their own information to the book and don't just illuminate the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Keith
They definitely know what they are talking about, and very funny reading to! Simply love it!Published 18 months ago by Jakob Hjuler Christensen
Very comprehensive and easy to read, geared toward telemark and randonee skiers interested in extended back-country tours. Whimsical and simple, but very informational. Great book!Published 18 months ago by Mike Savan
The book was in great condition, and the contents are amazing as well! The authors make reading this book so fun, and I have learned so much already.Published 19 months ago by Megan Wirth
I know Mike C. and his books reflect years of accumulated backcountry technique and wisdom.Published 19 months ago by John Thompson
great book easy to read even an expert can learn easy things to improve your experience in the back country. recommendable.Published on May 9, 2014 by Juan
Having very little experience in the back country this is a great book for someone to read so they will be prepared to expect just about any and every situation.Published on March 18, 2014 by Paul J. Cosenza
These guys are the best, very user friendly and excellent information. I also recommend their telemark skiing book. Love it!Published on February 18, 2014 by Don Donaldson
This is a awesome book It has a bunch of great information. I learned so much on what to wear and what to do in winter camping.Published on February 17, 2014 by gchild