Forums Avy Discussion Forum Avalanche Safety Book Recommendation Viewing 8 posts - 1 through 8 (of 8 total) Author Posts March 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm #579842 powhound84 89 Posts Whats up guys? I’ve had some free time recently and looking for some new material. Wondering if you guys have any full length books on avi safety that you recommend checking out. I read Bruce Tremper’s “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain” a couple years back and thought it was a great read. Any other suggestions? Go that way really fast. If something gets in your way, turn. Venture Odin Split 164 Spark R&D Arc Spark R&D Ibex CSD Simple Skins Never Summer Raptor Solid 159 Burton Cartel March 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm #675993 whistlermaverick 311 Posts Of what I have read, I’ve learned the most from the unfortunate mistakes of others. Avalanche Accidents in Canada Volume 5 1996 – 2007 examines 105 fatal avalanche accidents over a ten-year period, in which 155 people lost their lives. Expert analysis, offering invaluable educational opportunities. This new volume also includes many features new to the series, designed to help readers get the most from the information. Included are terrain ratings, tabulated warning signs, and extensive use of relevant text from the public avalanche bulletins. In addition, seasonal weather and snowpack summaries aim to help readers to better understand the link between the specific weather of a winter and the resulting accident patterns http://www.mec.ca/product/5025-392/avalanche-accidents-in-canada-vol.-5/?h=10+50016&f=10+50006+50016 @j.memay March 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm #675994 powhound84 89 Posts I keep up on the accident reports and analysis, mostly through CAIC and NWAC (I ride mostly in CO and WA) and agree this is the most raw and sobering way to learn about the causes and destructive power avalanches, as well as how to avoid becoming a statistic. I haven’t seen that collection of reports though, I’ll look into it. Thanks for the recommendation! One thing I liked about Tremper’s book were the stories of personal experience gathered over many years in the profession. The statistics, victim accounts and analysis of accidents are great raw data, but after reading hundreds of them, sometimes it’s nice to have a well written collection of experiences from the perspective of a true expert. Even though the info is almost always the same, I’m just looking for another perspective to read it from to keep me busy 🙂 Thanks again for your input! Go that way really fast. If something gets in your way, turn. Venture Odin Split 164 Spark R&D Arc Spark R&D Ibex CSD Simple Skins Never Summer Raptor Solid 159 Burton Cartel March 18, 2014 at 3:02 am #675995 dishwasher-dave 460 Posts Tremper has a new book. (Avalanche Essentials – available through the REI button on this page) It’s not as detailed as Staying Alive and I think the focus is more on the casual user but like all his work it is entertainingly written and worth a read by everyone. March 18, 2014 at 3:21 am #675996 HansGLudwig 601 Posts If you’ve already read Staying Alive, “Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard” by Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler is a nice reinforcement. It’s more of a quick-and-dirty field guide than Staying Alive and goes over some things Tremper doesn’t (but like 90% of Snow Sense is in Staying Alive). It’s a bit more of a practical approach with less science and more strategies. Be sure to bookmark Splitboard.com's Recent Activity page... http://splitboard.com/activity-2/ March 18, 2014 at 9:05 am #675997 ieism 298 Posts The Avalanche review has a free archive of older issues online, thye are quite interesting to read. http://flatlandsplitfest.com/ March 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm #675998 HansGLudwig 601 Posts Staying Alive is unique in the body of Avy lit. There are scores of 120 pg, Avy-101 primers and then there are academic, jargon-heavy texts. Tremper really nicely bridges science and readability. AFAIK, If you want a step deeper into Avy lit you either have to sacrifice readability or venture into the Krakauer-type novel area. (Personally, I don’t do novels) The Avalanche Handbook by David McClung and Peter Schaerer was my textbook for Avy 2. As a repository of information on all aspects of avalanches, it’s dry read but very thorough. It’s very well annotated and each chapter will point you toward two dozen academic and industry sources. (Apparently, there’s this whole world of avy study that has nothing to do with BC travel: roads, resorts, and civic planning…Who knew?!) And then there’s the SWAG manual which won’t actually help you stay alive, but will teach you how to determine exactly which kind of dragon will kill you… and help you decode CAIC incident reports and normalize your pit data to industry standards (for when you report observations to your local forecast center. ’cause we all do that. each time. right?…right?) Most of it is available for free as a pdf through the link above, but it’s good soup to order your own paper copy for $20. (Bonus: you get a huge AAA sticker which fits on your board!…and not skis) Be sure to bookmark Splitboard.com's Recent Activity page... http://splitboard.com/activity-2/ March 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm #675999 powhound84 89 Posts Awesome guys, thanks for all the info. This should keep me busy for a while! Go that way really fast. If something gets in your way, turn. 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