January 15, 2011

Staying Alive In Avalanche Terrain

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper, Mountaineer’s Books, 2008.  
Bruce has been the director of the Utah Avalanche Center center since 1986.

A must have / read in any backcountry skiers or snowboarders safety quiver. This avalanche safety how-to is perhaps the best available for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. It looks at the issue from a practical view, assuming you WILL go out in avalanche terrain.   Bruce shares the knowledge gained from his 25yrs of professional avalanche experience. Full of firsthand wisdom, terrific illustrations & photographs this is a very readable text on what often is a very dry subject. If you travel in avalanche terrain you want to read this book, and re-read it every fall:)   

Most avalanche classes are taught by nationally recognized members of the American Avalanche Association (AAA), AIARE, the Canadian Avalanche Association, and a host of mountain rescue specialists which adhere to the AAA's Guidelines for Avalanche Course Curriculum.  The curriculum and Bruce Tremper's book are almost one in the same.  As a matter of a fact many level 1 av classes require reading the book prior to class, some will actually include the book once registered for the class (Silverton Avalanche School)
Deeper's Forrest Shearer & author Bruce Tremper were interviewed on NPR this past week about avalanche danger. Listen here: http://bit.ly/e604ts