Passing on 50 seasons of avalanche knowledge – Revelstoke Review

Alan Dennis passes on the knowledge he acquired over 50 seasons of forecasting avalanches around the world through his memoirs, snow nomadnow available in Revelstoke.

After his long career on several continents, Dennis now spends his days above the slopes of Revelstoke with his dog.

“The dog and I are retired,” laughed Dennis. “Might as well write about it.”

Dennis has spent the past four years writing his memoirs.

He said his late parents were still on to him to write one.

“They wouldn’t be okay with any of this,” he laughed.

Dennis shares through his eyes how avalanche work has changed over the past 40-50 years. According to Dennis, the book is quite personal, without anything too technical for the average reader to understand.

His work has taken him all over the world: from the peaks of New Zealand to the mountain ranges of Argentina, Scotland, Alaska and Canada.

“We were really 80% intuitive, some objective analytical skills, but a lot of luck,” Dennis said. “It has really changed a lot.”

Dennis says predicting avalanches is still a matter of intuition, a trait that only comes with experience. “How can you measure this? ” he added.

Dennis said the whole self-publishing process had a learning curve. He said you felt a little naked suddenly realizing that someone you know can read what you wrote.

“I won’t do another book,” he said with a smile on his face.

The finished product is full of beautiful photographs that Dennis has taken throughout his career.

“Alan Dennis isn’t the only maverick to work with avalanches, but he may be the only one to have predicted avalanches for 50 winters on four continents,” said University Professor Emeritus Bruce Jamieson. of Calgary, avalanche researcher and educator in the quote. at the back of the book.

“It’s a wonderful and original adventure through his incredible career with avalanches, people and stories that should not be forgotten.”

snow nomad is available for purchase at the Fable Book Parlor in Revelstoke or online through the FriesenPress bookstore.


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