9/18/2016
 
My only criticism of this book would be, why not just buy and read the author’s own “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain” which is far more comprehensive. Okay, so Staying Alive does get into some more advanced topics of stability tests, and its page count is much higher. Plus Avalanche Essentials was published more recently, and therefore incorporates some newer research. And on a per-page basis, the knowledge conveyed in this book is unrivaled. So for a newbie who might be intimidated by a longer book, thi...
9/18/2016
 
Buy this book. And read it. Do I need to write anything else? Okay, fine: this book was such a welcome relief when it was first published, and I sure wish an earlier version had been available when I first started with this sport. Prior to this book, the only comprehensive written resources (in the interim period since the classic Sierra Club paperback and the outstanding Peter Cliff manual) were either geared toward telemark skiers for whom falling down all the time was half the fun and toward climbers i...
6/22/2016
 
Five Stars for a one-trick pony: the Mammut RescYou quickly and easily sets up a 6:1 hauling system for crevasse rescue. Since training for crevasse rescue is so often oriented to climbers who can simply use a subset of their large racks for hauling, the RescYou is especially helpful for those skiers who have no need for any climbing-related gear other than for crevasse rescue. The RescYou thereby marks you as a total climbing gaper right from the trailhead! But some other more serious tips & tricks foll...
6/22/2016
 
[My review is based on the version that comes with La Sportiva X-Race skins – even though La Sportiva apparently uses a different supplier for the actual skins, the X-Race tip hardware looks *exactly* the same as the Pomoca version shown here.] Five Stars minus One Caveat: the supplied rivets didn’t work out well for me, so I reverted to my trusty Speed Stitcher Sewing awl. Otherwise, everything about this is a step above making them yourself: the cord is just right, the length adjustment is slick, and ...
6/3/2016
 
I have become increasingly enamored of wearing tights for all sorts of outdoor activities, and more recently discovered the benefits of three-quarter tights for “in-between” weather. Moreover, even compared to my other tights, both full-length and three-quarter, something about the Cirrus fabric is just magical. Upon arrival, the Cirrus is so small that you’ll think Skimo Co sent you the wrong size … although of course you should never think anything like that because Skimo Co would never make any mista...