Backcountry Skiing

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-11-30
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books

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Martin Volken and his co-authors provide skiers with all the tools and knowledge they need to safely and successfully travel in the mountains. The guide features intermediate-to-advanced techniques for ski touring and ski mountaineering, from planning wilderness trips to perfecting turns in rolling terrain and mastering uphill climbing. For those skiers ready for a more technical, high alpine environment, they draw on traditional mountaineering skills, including roped climbing, setting protection anchors, using ice axes, climbing on bare rock, and more.

Author Biography

Martin Volken is one of only three officially certified Swiss Guides working in the U.S. Scott Schell is a certified AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide and has led numerous single- and multi-day trips in the Cascades, British Columbia's Coast Range

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Gear and Equipment
Skisp. 22
Bootsp. 28
Bindingsp. 32
Skinsp. 39
Polesp. 47
Boot Cramponsp. 48
Ice Axesp. 51
Harnessesp. 52
Clothingp. 53
Day Packsp. 60
Overnight Packsp. 62
Ropesp. 63
Avalanche Safety Equipmentp. 66
Decision-Making in Avalanche Terrain
The Anatomy of a Decision: The Decision-Making Frameworkp. 83
Avalanche 101: Snow Safety, Avalanche Awareness, and Avalanche Terrainp. 87
The Mountain Snowpackp. 91
Terrain Selection: Understanding and Identifying Avalanche Terrainp. 98
Tour Planningp. 106
Human Factors and Group Dynamicsp. 115
Observations and Awareness for Backcountry Travelp. 120
Navigation Toolsp. 132
Navigation Techniquesp. 134
Uphill Movement
Skinning: The Motionp. 140
Skinning; Turnsp. 147
Skinning in Difficult Conditionsp. 161
Track Settingp. 167
Transitions from Skinning to Skiingp. 183
Transitions from Skiing to Skinningp. 184
Transitions from Skinning to Bootingp. 185
Transitions from Snow to Glaciated Terrainp. 187
Transitions from Unroped to Roped Travel in Glaciated Terrainp. 188
Ski Mountaineering Techniques
Protection in Ski Mountaineeringp. 193
Anchor Basicsp. 194
Anchors on Snowp. 195
Rock Protection and Anchorsp. 203
Ice Protection and Anchorsp. 207
Seated Belaysp. 212
Roped Travelp. 217
Prerigging for Glacier Travelp. 220
Downhill Skiing Techniques
Backcountry vs. Alpine Gearp. 236
The Front-side Skierp. 237
Survival Skiing Techniques for the Backcountryp. 238
Advanced Skiing Techniques: Skiing on Belayp. 242
Taking Care of Yourself and the Mountains
Staying Dryp. 248
Staying Warmp. 249
Planned Sheltersp. 250
Nutrition on a Ski Tourp. 254
Mountain Ethicsp. 256
The Mountain Environment
Mountain Weather Basicsp. 262
Anatomy of a Glacierp. 266
Rescue Techniques and Emergency Preparedness
Avalanche Companion Rescuep. 276
Crevasse Fall: Self-Rescuep. 287
Crevasse Rescuep. 291
Emergency Sheltersp. 308
Emergency Sledsp. 311
First-Aid Kitsp. 317
Repair Kitsp. 320
Emergency Communication Equipmentp. 321
Resources Appendixp. 324
Glossaryp. 328
Indexp. 336
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