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Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain: Essential Knowledge for Cross-country and Off-piste Skiers, Ski-mountaineers, Snowboarders and Snow-mobilers

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This is a new, updated edition of Bruce Tremper's acclaimed book, now in its second edition and sixth reprint - published for the first time in the UK (previous edition was 9780898868340 published by The Mountaineers Books in the US, with limited availability in the UK). The book is regarded as the most authoritative commentary on avalanche matters. Winter recreation off-piste, particularly in North America and Europe, has increased steadily over the years and so has the number of deaths caused by avalanches. As search and rescue teams are increasingly strapped for funding, self-education has become a larger necessity for snow-sport enthusiasts. This new edition of Bruce Tremper's seminal book is organised according to the structure of the American Avalanche Association classes and all chapters have been updated with the most recent data and techniques, and reviewed by peer experts.

No one who plays in mountain snow should leave home without having studied this book. --Rocky Mountain News --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Bruce Tremper(Author)
  • Baton Wicks Publications; 2nd edition edition (10 Oct. 2008)
  • English
  • 6
  • Sports, Hobbies & Games

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  • By Mr John Colvin on 21 August 2017

    I don't have the expertise to judge the content, but it was a very enjoyable read. The focus on practical considerations and human factors was particularly interesting.

  • By Sam Smith on 17 April 2009

    Incredibly well-written, practical and accessible advice. The author's experience and expertise is evident but also is his humility.Tremper's style is almost avuncular, not foreseeing horrible death at every turn - he wants you to get out into fresh untracked snow, and tells you how best to do it. 'Staying Alive...' covers not only the wind, weather and other situational aspects of avalanche forecasting, but most importantly devotes a good 5 chapters' worth to dealing with the human influence, the major cause of avalanche accidents.I have ploughed through a lot of very heavy, serious books about this subject, written by the living experts in the field, yet this book is the only one I would recommend to any skier or snowboarder looking to explore the backcountry.

  • By Depthhoar on 9 March 2009

    An important and excellent book on avalanches. A fresh, more casual elaboration than is typical but with some very important new work on the human factor in the avalanche problem. All the significant basics are dealt with very well but it is Bruce Tremper's handling of the human factor that is really illuminating. Those who get avalanched often start the avalanche themselves, are experienced in their sport and probably know a fair amount about snow. So why do people with this profile tend to become avalanche victims? The book handles this exceptionally well and is a wake-up call for all of us - experienced and novices alike - who go to play on the snow.The best quote? At the head of Chapter One:'Life is short, the art long, opportunities fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.' (Attributed to Hippocrates)(Has to be the best precis of how humans struggle to come to terms with snow stability and hazard evaluation.)

  • By Steve H on 16 December 2011

    I've read a few books on the topic, and whilst they all have their merits a lot of them are too focused on the science of snow or of forecasting. Other books miss the main issue - the main problem is not the snow, it is the skier/boarder/snow-mobiler/climber making the wrong decisions.This book does cover the science, and in more detail than many books. It is up to date and he has plenty of hard data and plenty of advice on how to assess the snow and the weather. However the main strength of this book are the sections on decision making and human factors which other books I've read do not cover so well. The book is also well written, Tremper is a very good writer.If you only buy one book on this topic then get this one. If you want more books then get this first and use his bibliography to help you find more. He refers to the likes of Daffern and Fredston/Fesler - and these books are excellent, but they are not as good as this one.

  • By Evski on 14 June 2012

    I bought this book after reading the other positive reviews. Having now read it, I completely agree. This is a fantastically informative book, written in a very engaging style. My plan now is to immediately re-read it to try to cement the new knowledge in my brain!

  • By Michal Gorol on 3 December 2012

    - not a huge bible going into all detail, but still presenting large material. Interesting way of comparisons to everyday life things

  • By Ed48 on 19 November 2014

    Best in english so far. Would recommend book by Tirol avalanche control guys, Lawinen, by Rudi Mayer, in german.

  • By Michelle Evens on 11 March 2013

    Bought as a Christmas present for snowboarder. He seemed to find the information useful, good index and top tips section.


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