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The Avalanche Handbook, 3rd Ed
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The Avalanche Handbook, 3rd Ed [Format Kindle]

David McClung
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* Information on the unique characteristics of alpine snow, snow slab instability, terrain variables, skier triggering of avalanches, and the nature of avalanche motion
* Chapters on the elements of backcountry avalanche forecasting and the decision-making process
* This is the text used by search and rescue professionals, ski patrol groups, and outdoor education programs

Technical yet accessible, The Avalanche Handbook, 3rd Edition, covers the formation, character, effects, and control of avalanches; rescue techniques; and research on understanding and surviving avalanches. Illustrated with nearly 200 updated illustrations, photos and examples, this updated edition offers exhaustive information on contributing weather and climate factors, snowpack analysis, the newest transceiver search techniques, and preventative and protective measures, including avalanche zoning and control.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent et nécessaire 17 septembre 2010
un bel ouvrage, complet ,pédagogique et bien illustré, qu'il faut avoir dans sa bibliothèque , que l'on soit amateur ou professionnel
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thorough introduction to avalanche theory. 21 novembre 1998
Par Tom Wolfe (sawback@agt.net) - Publié sur Amazon.com
For backcountry enthusiasts with a science background, this book provides a thorough introduction to avalanche theory. The book is divided into chapters which build a solid foundation (weather systems, snow structure) through snowpack basics (snow strength and deformation, snowpack structure) and well into more advanced concepts (snowpack analysis, avalanche prediction, search and rescue, and even control with explosives, etc.) It is an excellent, if heavy, read and I found it a valuable resource in the development of an intro avalanche course.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Too scientific for most, but the best overal resource 24 septembre 2004
Par P. Mulligan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
If you have a significant interest in Avalanche science and theory, or are going to take an avalanche course this is the book for you. If you are looking to create advanced Avy skills and/or to become an Avy professional though this is the definative resource on Avalanches. It is required reading for most courses (starting with avy 1).

I believe that for most recreational readers this book does at times get "heavy". Its easy to lose interest in this book from time to time as the science overcomes the practical. If you are a weekend backcountry traveler and are looking for a book that will keep your attention and teach you how to travel safely in Avy terrain this book is probably a little much. Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper is a much easier read and has all the most important information from this book. Combined with Snow Sense by Doug Fesler the two books are much more digestible for the average reader and a lot more fun as well.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Indispensible but quirky and murky 18 janvier 2008
Par Timothy Byrne - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
There is a lot of information in this book, and it's certainly a must have for anyone who wants to be able to make their own decisions about travel in avalanche terrain. That said I think the book fails in two important ways. It fails at explaining the current state of the science behind avalanches, and it fails at giving end users a systematic way to utilize data from snow instability tests.

We get bits and pieces of the science behind avalanches but at a very superficial level. You learn something about the sorts of things scientists think about avalanches without learning the why and wherefore of it. The authors' reluctance to inlude anything that even smells of math turns the science sections into collections of things one might say about avalanche science at a dinner party, but otherwise not very useful when it comes to applying the science to avalanches.
When it comes time for the book to lay out a paradigm for making decisions in avalanche country, we find a confusing mess of very abstract decision schema. Nowhere do we find any specific guidance in using instability tests or snowpack profiles in making decisions. This lack of guidance is exacerbated by the skeptical stance the book takes towards stability tests. We are counseled to pay attention to local conditions, but we are also told that if our tests show a stable snowpack they should be discounted. It's not clear how stability tests could ever yield anything other than a no-go decision given that sort of paradigm, and the book needs to do more to explain how to navigate the grey zone if it to be useful as a handbook for making decisions.
So while this is an indispensable book, it could really use more work, and anyone wanting to understand the contents should probably be ready to dig into the nuts and bolts of the underlying science a bit more using other resources.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Hold your horses a bit... 14 avril 2008
Par Ole Bjrsvik - Publié sur Amazon.com
As a reviewer said: the science sounds like something one may say "at a dinner party". - It is well formulated: At first I was impressed by the book, and I found interesting points in it. But when trying to use it as extra literature when reading some micro-meteorology I got deeper into the text; and what looked interesting (or impressive) turned out to become frustrating and embarrassing. In the chapters about heat transfer, radiation and other physical processes in snow there were frequent subsentences and parenthesis that at first seemed to be there to explain or clarify things, but my spontaneous thought when reaching them was "What?! But that is two different things.", or "But that's not right."
After a while I recognized whole subsentences, or even whole sentences, that seemed to have no other reason to be there than to impress and dazzle the reader. It really looked like someone that felt himself undereducated trying to compensate by putting in technical termology that sounds right, or just simple five or six syllable words like "anisotropic" to impress, rather than clarify. As an academician that also ski and move around a lot in avalanche terrain I felt outright embarrassed. Is the style of the text deliberately chosen to dazzle and then scare away the reader? (I was so tired after a couple of hours of studying the text for the good stuff, while navigating around the weird parts that I really had to sit down and relax with a pure scientific paper about snow by Karl W. Birkeland.) - There is lot of good stuff in this book, but it shouldn't be put in such high regard for it's "science" as most readers and reviewers seem to do. The science seems to end up "not right" too often. Where the author would have been completely right without the frequent attempts to be over-precise. Never wrong, but too often "not right". It isn't the science that makes the text heavy, it's the urge to be eloquent that do it. - A better book with regards to readability, but perhaps also with regards to the science, is Bruce Tremper's "Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrrain", and clear well written pieces can also be found in books like "Field Guide to Snow Crystals" by Edward R LaChapelle. - I expect to find more good stuff in this book, but it is really not indispensable unless it is your job to release controlled avalanches. The backcountry traveler and the pure academically interested will find better texts out there.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Aimed at the Recreational Skier 9 juillet 2011
Par Christopher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I'm preparing to begin backcountry skiing this upcoming winter and thought this book would be a good place to start learning about avalanche safety. Sadly, the book is almost useless for the backcountry traveller. In fact, I can't imagine the audience for which it would actually be useful. On the one hand much of the book has no application for the backcountry skier - for instance the chapter on engineering structures to protect alpine roads and buildings. On the other hand the information in that chapter is obviously too basic to be of any use to an actual engineer. The subjects that WOULD actually be useful for the backcountry skier - such as snow science, meteorology and avalanche rescue are discussed more from the perspective of professionals within those areas. Again, the information tends to be too detailed for the recreational skier and too general for the professional. For instance, the section on avalanche rescue spends a lot of time discussing the subject from the point of view of a professional rescue team - how to organize a chain of command, how to deploy 1st, 2nd and 3rd rescue parties, how to use dogs. Not much use for a small group of skiers, but probably too superficial for actual professionals. I don't want to give the impression that the book is useless, for instance there's an appendix to Chapter 4 that gives some helpful rules of thumb for avalanche forecasting, but one has to wade through a lot of irrelevant material for that information.
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