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Old 03-13-2009, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Before people started leaving for the off season though I would ask. I need some reading material in the off season and was hoping if you guys can give me any books or links to some good info on anything to do with BC.
I have seen the stickies on this forums page and plan to read those (including taking the online avalanche safety course) along with the 101 section on
I'm really looking to learn about the maps and how to read those more in depth than just yeah its steep here and flatter there, where to find maps, technical name for things (ie spine, pillows), weather patterns, how weather effects snow, ect. I know some of this might be wishful thinking since a lot of this might be just first hand experience and going out with the right people.
Also with an Avalanche course to get level 1 certification is that done with first hand experience (like to go see the snow ect) or is it done in a class room style class?
Help me get as prepared as I can during this off season for a epic winter living in Revelstoke (if all goes to plan).
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain

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Old 03-13-2009, 12:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper is the book to start with and will answer a lot of your questions. It's a great book to read before your level I course too.

As far as the Level I course goes. You can expect a day or two in a classroom than an on snow day to go over what was covered in the classroom. Read the recommended book above and you will be way ahead of the game.

REI offers free classes on map reading. I should probably take one myself. Generally I go to areas where I know the layout of the terrain, so I just use the topo maps to figure out where steeper lines are and routes out of basins and such. Not sure if you have REI anywhere near you, but if you do, it's worth checking out.

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Old 03-17-2009, 11:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The Avalanche Handbook is a wealth of information, but definitely start with the first one the others mentioned. The handbook reads almost like a textbook at times, and is extremely in-depth.
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