Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book

Allen and Mike, two wise hikers, have penned an admirable series of primers that feature cartoons and pithy advice for backpackers. This, the third, is the best of the series so far (see also Lighten Up and Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backpackin’ Book). Its subject is winter backpacking, which often intimidates fair-weather hikers. Their great advice will not only keep you safe, but also warm and happy. There’s a fantastic chapter on making snow shelters, presented in such accessible detail that I’m astounded that it was all new to me. Allen and Mike become your best friends as they giggle and chuckle while they give you the straight dope on what you need to live and prosper in the snow. Trust them.

-- KK  

Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book
Traveling & Camping Skills for a Winter Environment
Allen O’Bannon & Mike Clelland
1996, 114 pages
$5

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Sample Excerpts:

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Sidecut is the difference between the width of the ski at its fattest points (the tip and tail) and its narrowest point at the waist (middle of the ski). The more side cut a ski has, the faster it will turn. On the other side of the coin, skis with less side cut are better for touring since they will hold a straighter line.

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Careful! Liquids that don’t freeze at low temperatures, such as alcohol and white gas, ca cause frostbite damage because they will be the same temperature as the air.

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People in the earliest stages of Hypothermia will feel cold and clumsy. They will exhibit improper behavior, such as not putting on a hat. Their personality will show changes, and they will become apathetic, listless or emotional. They may show signs of shivering, although there are many cases where people have passed through this stage without shivering. This is especially true when people have been exercising beyond their normal point of endurance. As hypothermia progresses, a person will start to lose his or her coordination and start to stumble. The person will be unable to do simple tasks, such as zip a zipper. He or she will show more marked personality changes and may become belligerent and irrational.

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