The Avalanche Handbook

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The Avalanche Handbook needs no introduction. For this new fourth edition of the course-adopted and internationally recognized book, David McClung has completed an in-depth review and update of the entire text, as well as consulted outside experts in explosives, search and rescue, and other key topics. Comprehensive sections cover the formation, character, effects, and control of avalanches; avalanche terrain and forecasting; safety and rescue; risk management, preventive and protective measures; and more.

Technical yet accessible and with extensive photos, illustrations, graphs, and charts throughout, The Avalanche Handbook will continue to be essential reading for avalanche professionals and serious winter backcountry adventurers.

• More than 75,000 copies sold of previous editions
• New chapter on risk management
• Includes new photographs and updated illustrations

Dr. David McClung is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He has been doing avalanche research and consulting for over 50 years in Canada, the United States, and Norway. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit him online at

- Published by Mountaineers Books in 2023
- Author: David McClung 
- Edition: 4th
- Language: English
- Color: Yes
- Pages: 352
- Dimension: 7.35″ wide by 8.94″ tall
- ISBN: 9781680515398

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