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Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain Paperback – September 30, 2008
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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.
In the review title, I state that the book makes a complex topic intelligible. You have to understand that this isn't simple material. Any book on avalanches should be read with the attention that you'd give any textbook. It's your life, after all, and even the experts are learning on a day to day basis. To think you could flip through a couple of hundred pages and know it all is unrealistic at best, and delusional at worst.
Having said that, Bruce does a great job at making the learning "stick". I already had the first edition and purchased this second edition to get current on updates. Snow science is evolving.
There's no substitute for hands on training (e.g. Level-1 course given by a certified AIARE provider - http://aiare.info/), but a book like this is an excellent companion ... to be read both before AND after your course.
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I've read 7-8 of the best rated avalanche books & this one is, by far, the best. Flipping thru, it can see a bit technical, but Bruce actually provides very understandable context... Read morePublished 4 months ago by pg
Great information, a must read for people considering recreating in the backcountry. It is not enough to just read this book to venture in avalanche terrain, but it is a good... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loaded with knowledge and includes many examples, images, diagrams, and writing making it accessible to many types of learners. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the best avalanche book that I have found. Highly recommended for the beginner through intermediate backcountry users.Published 7 months ago by Eagle River Dad
I read this book three times through. I'm an active backcountry skier, and I can say that I learned more from this book than from two avalanche courses that I took. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Words can't describe how valuable this book has been in my personal search for Avalanche knowledge and tips for staying safe in Avalanche terrain. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jake Castle
Exceptionally thorough. I'd recommend this to absolutely anyone venturing into avalanche terrain.Published 9 months ago by Braden T. Litke
Great book, essential for anyone going into the backcountry in winter.Published 10 months ago by Joe Wojniak