Snow in the Summer

Travel to the top of the Himalayan mountains, ski across Canada, and escape deadly avalanches all from the comfort of your lawn chair.
Mountaineers Books Mountaineers Books
August 26, 2020

The high temperatures we've been having lately have us dreaming of the cooler days ahead.  Don't misunderstand, we've been trying to get the most out of summer. Gardening, swimming, running - all activities best enjoyed in warm weather. That doesn't mean we're not looking forward to winter activities and a beautiful blanket of fresh snow.  

The first snowfall is still a few months away, so for now we'll just sit back with a bowl of ice cream and these exciting snow-centric reads.

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dragons in the snow

By Ed Power

While you're waiting for the winter sports season to start, you can live vicariously through these stories of elite mountain athletes and snow scientists. Just keep these same stories in mind when you head out this winter! Power delves into the research and science behind avalanche forecasting and rescue, weaving in the art of backcountry skiing as well as dramatic tales of avalanche accidents, rescues, and recoveries. 

Dragons in the Snow is rich, compelling reading, both a paean to the natural world and a warning to those who love it. —Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down

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Join author Ed Power and avalanche forecaster Craig Gordon on September 3 at 6pm PDT as they discuss Dragons in the Snow! 

Their virtual discussion will take place at Utah-based outdoor retail company, Black Diamond Equipment, with the Q&A being moderated by Pete Gompert, Director of Design Engineering. 

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This Land of Snow

This land of snow

By anders morley


When most people cross-country ski they aren't actually crossing a country. Not so for Anders Morley! This memoir follows his solo ski journey across Canada in winter. It is an honest, thoughtful, and humorous reckoning of an adventure filled with adrenaline and exuberance, as well as mistakes and danger. 

A captivating memoir about backcountry adventures and one man's journey of self-discovery - and an eloquent ode to the harsh beauty of winter. —Booklist (starred review)

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winter 8000

By Bernadette mcdonald


Experience the most dangerous feats in mountaineering history - without leaving the warm comfort of your home. Climbers from around the world come to the Himalaya and Karakoram to climb an 8000-meter peak in winter. This collection of stories includes French climber Elisabeth Revol's solo winter attempt of Makalu, American Cory Richards and his dramatic effort on Gasherbrum II with famed Italian alpinist Simone Moro and Kazakh hard man Denis Urubko. 

In Winter 8000, Bernadette McDonald demonstrates once more her essential contribution to mountaineering history. With vividness and keen insight, she evokes a world that few experience firsthand: the landscapes of black ice, thin air, and searing cold--as well as the haunting inner realms of people drawn to the isolation of the highest peaks and the darkest months.
 — Katie Ives, Editor in Chief, Alpinist

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