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Backcountry Skiing California's Eastern Sierra Perfect Paperback – January 6, 2009

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The steep and inviting mountains of the Eastern Sierra are without a doubt among the best zones for glisse alpinism in North America. And now there is a guidebook worthy of this impressive range. The authors have extensive first-hand knowledge of the best routes and have combined it with amazing photography and detailed maps to create a must-have guide for skiers and boarders everywhere. This guide will ride shotgun with me for many seasons to come! --Chris Davenport, Ski Alpinist.

It s the latter form that Dan Mingori and Nate Greenberg took with Backcountry Skiing California s Eastern Sierra, their new guide for some of the best and till now least documented ski mountaineering in North America. I d call this a no frills guidebook, except with so much color photography and beautiful map work that would be a misnomer. No bull would be a better phrase.
Opening Mingori and Greenberg's book is like taking a shotgun blast of snow to your face. After just a few dozen pages of intro material and obligatory advertising (no doubt to support the expense of using so much color printing), the route descriptions just go on, and on, and on. Incredibly crisp photos of nearly every line speak to the photographer s skills and Woverine Publishing s expertise in modern color pre-press work. Each route has a data block, important access info, slope angle, and even a rating system. --Lou Dawson, Wildsnow.com
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wolverine Publishing; 1st edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979264464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979264467
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brent Fremming on September 20, 2010
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Much work and editing went into creating this well-illustrated backcountry ski book. The vernacular "backcountry skiing" encompasses both AT-skiing, telemark-skiing and split-snowboarding.

This book addresses wonderful and challenging routes in the Sierra. Attempting any of these routes need to be taken very seriously by the prospective winter adventurer through avalanche preparedness, physical training, and common-sense. Many of the routes may require proper rope handling and climbing experience; these are only for the most-experienced. This book is one of the most attractive I have seen in a while and well worth it's $29.00 stamped cover price. I do not know if the book continues to be in print, so I would leap at an opportunity to purchase it if you have a chance.
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So this is an unfair review because I bought this book but haven't made it to the eastern sierra yet. I keep trying but somehow get stuck in the south tahoe backcountry. That being said -- the book is well organized, has good route descriptions and great pictures. I have certainly been picking out lines for next year. Hopefully we get a bigger pack.
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By Keri on August 9, 2011
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Best book of this nature for the area. Most recent too. If you're a Mammoth patron, it can be purchased at Mammoth Mountaineering in town too.
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By Colin Wood on September 4, 2013
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THE definitive guide to Eastern Sierra BC skiing. Well worth paying full price for a new copy. Buy it. You won't be sorry.
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Even if you never get to the Eastern Sierras this book it still worth reading just to drool over the mountains and the runs. There are a few adds in the book (something very comman in the EU) but they do not detract from the book. There are routes from the deadly to the basic. As the suthor states there are routes for skiers snowboarders and even fruit booters (a rather unkind refference to people that use short skis) a great book over all.

By the way.... Fruit Booters Rule
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