Two episodes ago (Blister Podcast ep. #150) when Cody Townsend and I were having our Reviewing the News conversation, Cody mentioned a story about a snowcat operation that was suing a producer of backcountry guide books. And I mentioned that I knew said producer of backcountry guide books, and was overdue in having him on this podcast. And so, today, is that promised conversation with Andy Sovick, founder of Beacon Guide Books.
Sales of backcountry guide books are up, and more and more people are venturing out. So we talked with Andy about how he got into publishing guide books; why he actually dislikes the term “guide books”; whether or not backcountry guide books should even exist; the responsibilities that come with publishing them; why Andy is an advocate of the “ATES” system (Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale); and more.
TOPICS & TIMES
- Andy’s ‘back-to-the-land’ upbringing (4:39)
- Mentorship (9:30)
- The responsibility of publishing guidebooks (33:28)
- ATES: The Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (47:45)
- Updating the atlases (55:35)
- Beacon Guide Books Rakkup app (59:34)
- Steamboat lawsuit (1:04:52)
- Where to find Beacon Guidebooks (1:22:12)