Synopses & Reviews
Trips from half day to seven days with recommendations for the best snow-board descents. Includes trip highlights, duration, level of difficulty, mileage, elevation, and access.
* Covers backcountry routes from California's Cascade Range to the Sierra Nevada
* The most complete backcountry ski and snowboard information available in California guidebook
* Paul Richins, Jr., is an expert ski mountaineer with extensive experience 50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California
offers some of the finest ski and snowboard routes in California, ranging over a 550-mile span from the Cascade Range in the north, to Mount Whitney, to the Sierra Nevada in the south. Grouped into nine geographical regions, these summits represent the best of the best from well-known destinations to more remote areas to a sampling of the highest peaks. Historical anecdotes about each region round out the guidebook.
Tours range from a half day to seven days, and while all can be completed on either snowboard or skis, the author makes specific recommendations for the best snowboard descents. Each trip description includes a complete narrative of the ascent and descent plus information on trip highlights, trip duration, level of difficulty, mileage, elevation gain, and access. The appendix includes a list of California's highest peaks.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-236) and index.
Table of Contents
1. The first run. How to use this book. Snow and weather conditions. When to go. What to expect. Avalanche awareness / by John Moynier. Backcountry snowboarding / by John Moynier. Before setting out. What to take. How to get there -- 2. Mount Shasta. Mount Shasta--Whitney Glacier. Mount Shasta--Bolam-Hotlum Ridge. Mount Shasta--Hotlum-Wintun Ridge. Shastina--Cascade Gulch -- 3. Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lassen Peak--summit traverse. Lassen Peak--northeast face. Mount Diller -- 4. Lake Tahoe Region. Mount Rose. Castle Peak. Mount Tallac. Pyramid Peak. Ralston Peak. Red Lake Peak. Tryon Peak -- 5. Yosemite National Park. Leavitt Peak. Mount Walt. Cleaver Peak. Matterhorn Peak. Dunderberg Peak. Mount Dana. Koip Peak. Mount Lyell -- 6. Mammoth Lakes Region. Mount Ritter. Bloody Mountain. Red Slate Mountain. Mount Dade. Mount Morgan (South) -- 7.Bishop Region. Mount Tom. Basin Mountain. Mount Humphreys. Mount Lamarck. Mount Darwin. Mount Goddard -- 8. Pallisades Region. North Pallisade. Mount Sill--Northwest Coulier and the Lesser-shaped couloir. Mount Sill--Glacier Creek Cirque. The Thumb. Birch Mountain. Striped Mountain -- 9. Mount Whitney Region. Mount Gold. University Peak. Mount Williamson. Mount Whitney. Mount Irvine and Mount LeConte. Mount Pickering -- 10. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Mount Brewer. Tablelend. Mount Kaweah. Sawtooth Park. Florence Peak. Vandever Mountain.