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    About the book

    Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America is a large-format showcase of the continent's most iconic ski mountaineering descents, from Alaska to New Hampshire. Created by ski mountaineers Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard, it is a stunning coffee-table book, but more than that, it is a treasure trove of  ski mountaineering wisdom.  It taps deep into local skier's knowledge. Contributors include Jimmy Chin, Lou Dawson, Andrew McLean, Glen Plake, Lowell Skoog, Chic Scott, and Ptor Spricenieks. These experts give first-person descriptions of their favorite ski descents and insightful perspectives on ski mountaineering past, present, and future. Whether you are planning an expedition to Baffin Island to ski the Polar Star Couloir or heading out for dawn patrol on Mount Superior in Utah's Wasatch Range, or just wish you were going to one of those places, Fifty Classic Ski Descents is a visual feast of ski mountaineering in North America.
    • 208 pages of gorgeous action and mountain images from some of North America's top photographers
    • 11 x 11 inches of hardbound goodness
    • famous peaks including North Maroon Bell, the Grand Teton, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. Robson, Mt. St. Elias, and Denali
    • conversations with great ski alpinists
    • the perfect gift for any serious skier

    A challenge

     50 Classic Ski Descents was inspired by a similarly themed climbing book, 50 Classic Climbs in North America, by Allen Steck and Steve Roper. Attempts have been made by individuals to climb those 50 Classics, but no one has yet been successful. As in the climbing book, the lines in  50 Classic Ski Descents were chosen for their combination of history, notoriety, purity and beauty of line, the status of the peak or formation — and their general membership in the "this is what I'd like to climb / ski before I die" club. Bucket-list stuff, some accessible and moderate, some ambitious, plus a few ringers thrown in for which only the very skilled need apply. Enter Cody Townsend, who sets out to ski them all, documented in a project called "The Fifty". He's attempting to complete his mission in as few seasons as possible, enlisting his trusted partner Bjarne Salen to video the endeavor. Let the record show that another contender has the same goal, but Cody's our man, and we regularly check his YouTube channel for his latest — always replete with stunning mountain scenery, a fun cast of local characters from each new descent, and some great, gritty, hardcore ski footage. Check out this video for a great introduction to his project and the ski descents in the book.

    Details

    • 2010 North American Classics Publishing
    • by Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard
    • 202 pages. Color. Hard cover.
    • 9780982615430
    Please note that shipping costs are $8.99 and $15.99 for media and priority mail, respectively.
  • California's Eastern Sierra has some of the world's best backcountry skiing and snowboarding. This region's blessings are many: a deep snowpack, sunny skies, and high-elevation peaks. Top all that with easy access and you have a skier's dream come true. Such great terrain deserves a great book, and this one makes the grade, covering every major peak and canyon in the range, describing almost 300 descents. With so much to choose from, no matter what your skill level, the perfect challenge awaits you in the Sierra backcountry. From the moderate bowls of the Sherwins to the high-alpine exposure of Mt. Whitney, you'll find a run that's just right for you. In fact, you'll find many! If you're an expert, you can take on of the most extreme skiing challenges in America. Packed with color photographs, this book is your ticket to a lifetime of adventure. Features:
    • expanded and improved third edition
    • ~300 ski descents (many more than the second edition!)
    • full color throughout
    • revealing terrain photography + inspiring action photos
    • thorough introduction addresses Sierra seasons, weather, avalanche danger, skiing history, and more
    • at-a-glance "beta boxes" with aspect, slope angle, summit elevation, vertical feet, hiking distance, terrain type
    • the best skiing in the world!!
    • $1 from each book sale benefits the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center!
    You may also purchase the guide as an app, available from Rakkup.

    About the authors:

    Nate Greenberg grew up in the mountains, backpacking and skiing throughout the Sierra. Since 2000, Nate has called the Eastern Sierra home, and is committed to helping the region's adventure opportunities expand. In 2005, along with the help of a group of dedicated individuals, Nate helped form the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, providing backcountry users the information they need to stay safe in avalanche terrain. Nate currently resides in Crowley Lake. Dan Mingori moved to Mammoth in 1999, after 20 years of honing his snowboard skills on the East Coast. Married to his snowboard, he spent most of his time at Mammoth Mountain, soon shifting his energy from the chairlifts to the backcountry. Surrounded by an endless playground of mountains, Dan developed a handful of other hobbies, including a renewed interest in photography. He has since moved to Colorado, so we really hope to see some of his photography featuring snowscapes a little closer to home! 3rd edition. Wolverine Publishing 368 pages. Color. Sewn binding. 2019.  
  • The award-winning Chasing the Ephemeral ships from the USA! Purchase at your own peril -- this is a dangerously inspirational, gloriously illustrated, and meticulously detailed guide to the birthplace of mixed climbing. Being in the right place at the right time is critical when Scottish Winter Climbing. Chasing the Ephemeral will help you make the right choices - do you go high or low, head east, west or north, or attempt snowed-up rock, mixed or ice climbs? With more than 600 new Scottish Winter Climbs to his credit, Simon Richardson reveals his simple strategy for success and selects 50 climbs to put on your hit-list. There is a detailed analysis of the strategy and tactics Scottish Winter Climbers need, taking into account Scotland's sometimes fickle conditions and unpredictable weather. There are sections on using weather forecasts, using the internet, avoiding avalanches, clothing and equipment, protection, navigation, timing, partners and psychology. Simon also presents 50 climbs primarily in the Grade III to VI range, specifically selected to match a variety of Scottish conditions. Each climb is supported by a map and topo, with access and descent details, route description, optimum conditions and top tips. Climbs include well-known classics and lesser-known gems. There are suggestions for more than 200 alternative routes from Grade II to Grade VII. Detailed overviews are included of approaches and descents on Ben Nevis with North Face panorama and map and summit descent bearings. There is also the largest ever collection of photographs of Scottish Winter Climbers in action! Stunning! Winner of the 2017 Banff book award. Learn more about author Simon Richardson in this UKClimbing article.
    Chasing the Ephemeral: 50 Routes for a Successful Scottish Winter
    2016 Mica Publishing
    256 color-photo-studded pages

  • Snow and Spire showcases photographs taken from the cockpit of the author'€™s home-built airplane. In 2002, John Scurlock embarked on a nine-year quest to fly to and photograph every corner of Washington State's North Cascade Range in winter. The images he captured provide a breathtaking vision of one of America'€™s most magnificent mountain ranges in its most beautiful, dramatic, and savage season. This coffee table book is sure to be a focal point of interest in your living room. Color photos adorn almost every page, and the mountains almost appear life-like. Sections on history and geology provide interest, as well as interviews and essays about climbing in the Cascades. Photographs are organized geographically, and exact locations are provided, along with date, time, and camera detail. Whether you are a climber looking a view of that special angle on a ridge that you're interested in, or just want a beautiful tour of a jagged mountain range in winter, this book is sure to entertain. John Scurlock is an aerial photographer, specializing in mountain photography. His work has been commissioned by the USGS and universities for projects such as capturing changing snow cover and forest kill. An interesting interview appears in a 2008 Alpinist.com article. 2011 Wolverine Publishing Hardcover. Color. 192 pages. 978-098261547-8 Please note that shipping costs are $8.99 and $15.99 for media and priority mail, respectively.
  • The Grand Teton, in northern Wyoming, may be the most iconic peak in the Lower 48 states. Surrounding this impressive high point is the craggy Teton Range, with a dozen other spectacular summits that would be crown jewels anywhere else. Not surprisingly, climbers flock to the Tetons, and have since the earliest days of American mountaineering. And it's not just looks: the quality and climb-ability of the rock and elegance of the routes has kept the Tetons in vogue. Teton Rock Climbs by Aaron Gams takes you directly to the best climbs in the range, with enough choices to last most visitors a lifetime. This 2012 edition is a selected guide to the local's favorite classic and new routes in the Gran Teton National Park with over 300 color images and 85 detailed routes, from 3rd class mountaineering to 5.12+ test pieces. by Aaron Gams 2012 Ground Up Press

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