ABCs of Avalanche Safety: 3rd Edition


ABCs of Avalanche Safety: 3rd Edition
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Object Title ABCs of Avalanche Safety: 3rd Edition
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Product Description (from publiser)

It's still the handy pocket guide offered at a bargain price. And it is still loaded with the vital information you need to survive in the mountains: how to determine potential avalanche hazard, traveling safely in avalanche terrain, what to do if you're caught in an avalanche, and search and rescue techniques. A respected authority since 1961, this enduring classic has been updated with the very latest research in the field, including avalanche transceiver technology.

- Authors have served as avalanche center directors
- The guide long used by ski patrol professionals
- Format redesigned for easy access to vital information

About the Authors

Sue Ferguson directed the Utah Avalanche Center and was lead avalanche and mountain weather forecaster at the Alaska Avalanche Center and the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. She founded The Avalanche Review and co-founded the American Avalanche Association.

Ed LaChapelle was director of the U.S. Forest Service Avalanche Center in Alta, Utah and Professor Emeritus of Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

Table of Contents

Explanation of Terms

Chapter 1: Snow and Avalanche Basics
The Snow Cover
Avalanche Characteristics

Chapter 2: Practical Guidelines for Stability Evaluation
The Evidence about Snow Stability
Analyzing the Evidence
Specific Situations

Chapter 3: Safety Rules and Rescue
Minimizing Avalanche Risks
Rescue by Survivors
Organized Rescue Actions
Technical Aids to Locating a Victim

Chapter 4: Case Histories
Spring Ski Tour to Paradise Valley, Mount Rainier, April 1976
Training Course in the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia, January 1976
Avalanche in Banff National Park, March 1977
Six Events in the Cascade Mountains
A Week of Ski Touring on the Ruth Glacier (Mount McKinley), April 1983

Appendix A: Avalanche Rescue Caches
Appendix B: Avalanche Accidents and Rescue Report
Appendix C: Avalanche Information Bulletins

Short Bibliography of Avalanche Literature

Book Details

Paperback: 192 pages
Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 0.4 inches
Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 3rd Rev edition (October 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0898868858
ISBN-13: 978-0898868852



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skotty - Feb 7, 2007 12:24 am - Hasn't voted

A necessary read for snow travelers
I admit that the beginning of this short book caught me dozing off a few times when discussing the structure of snow. However, after skipping ahead to read the case studies at the end, I went back to read the book from the beginning with heightened attention. Any responsible person traveling in mountain snow should have an awareness of the topics covered in this little book, especially for people like me, a Southern Californian with limited snow experience.

The book is intended as a field guide and can fit in your shirt pocket. However, I found the structure a bit cumbersome and made my own notes to clarify and summarize what I was reading for future reference. Although I can imagine a better structured book, I don't know if one exists as this is the only book on the subject I've read. That said, I would recommend this book for all snow travelers if for know other reason, to gain awareness of the potentially fatal and otherwise easy to ignore hazard that avalanches pose.

2skinners - Jun 29, 2007 12:10 am - Voted 5/5

Must have for the unknowledgeable
I liked this book. It breaks down the information nicely in different sections. Although it is not a great novel by any means, it is a worthwhile investment if you want to be more prepared in avalanche terrain. The small size as well is great because you can take it with you for questions that may come up while you are out and about.

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