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Backcountry Skiing California's Eastern Sierra
Backcountry skiing and snowboarding is the fastest growing outdoor winter sport in North America, and California's Eastern Sierra is one of the most dramatic and historic venues in which to experience this amazing activity. While toiling up a mountain in the winter with skis on your back just for the sake of one run down may seem like a lot of work to some, those who have had even a small a taste of this sublime pursuit will be hooked forever; endless untracked snow, astounding views, a great workout, time spent in the wilderness with friends, and the unparalleled exhilaration of pointing the tips of your skis or snowboard over the summit of a great peak define it as poetry in motion.
Dan Mingori and Nate Greenberg have been backcountry disciples of the Mammoth Lakes, CA, area for many years, and have compiled an epic list of descents and advice in their new guidebook Backcountry Skiing California's Eastern Sierra, 166 Ski and Snowboard Descents in the Range of Light between Tioga Pass and Bishop Creek. Dan is a dedicated split-board snowboarder and photographer, and Nate is a knee-dropping telemarker who helps run the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center.
The best backcountry skiing in the Eastern Sierra is centered on the town of Mammoth Lakes, and Dan and Nate have made sure that nothing is left out of the broad area covered in the book, extending from Tioga Pass in the north to Bishop Creek in the south. From the backyard runs on the Mammoth Crest to the roadside accessible Tioga Pass, and the epic wilderness peaks like Mt. Tom and Laurel Mountain, this guide serves as both the ultimate introductory resource and the experienced hard-man's hit list.
The book is printed in color, 240 pages, and packed with useful information. It includes scores of annotated color topographic maps and hundreds of color photographs. The authors give a written description for each approach and descent along with useful statistics for gauging conditions and seriousness, including the slope, aspect, and angle, vertical gained and mileage of the approach, and a seriousness rating.
The extensive use of color action and peak shots makes this book an incredible exposé of the Sierra in winter. Regardless of skiing ability, any mountain enthusiast will drool over this book. It will set the bar for generations of backcountry ski and mountaineering guidebooks to come.
||January 06, 2009|
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Pricey But Worth ITMar 01, 2009
By J. Hopkins
Even if you never get to the Eastern Sierras this book it still worth reading just to drool over the mountains and the runs. There are a few adds in the book (something very comman in the EU) but they do not detract from the book. There are routes from the deadly to the basic. As the suthor states there are routes for skiers snowboarders and even fruit booters (a rather unkind refference to people that use short skis) a great book over all.
By the way.... Fruit Booters Rule
Unfair review..May 04, 2013
By Jonathan Bower
So this is an unfair review because I bought this book but haven't made it to the eastern sierra yet. I keep trying but somehow get stuck in the south tahoe backcountry. That being said -- the book is well organized, has good route descriptions and great pictures. I have certainly been picking out lines for next year. Hopefully we get a bigger pack.
AwesomeAug 09, 2011
Best book of this nature for the area. Most recent too. If you're a Mammoth patron, it can be purchased at Mammoth Mountaineering in town too.
Arguably one of the best CA backcountry ski guide books.Sep 20, 2010
By Brent Fremming
Much work and editing went into creating this well-illustrated backcountry ski book. The vernacular "backcountry skiing" encompasses both AT-skiing, telemark-skiing and split-snowboarding.
This book addresses wonderful and challenging routes in the Sierra. Attempting any of these routes need to be taken very seriously by the prospective winter adventurer through avalanche preparedness, physical training, and common-sense. Many of the routes may require proper rope handling and climbing experience; these are only for the most-experienced. This book is one of the most attractive I have seen in a while and well worth it's $29.00 stamped cover price. I do not know if the book continues to be in print, so I would leap at an opportunity to purchase it if you have a chance.
Great Companion BookJul 11, 2010
By J. Flaherty
I love the southern sierras. It's always great to see what other people see in the mountains. This is a great book for those seeking out new and exciting lines. Don't be stupid and die out there.
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