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National Outdoor Book Awards Print Email

Jacket covers from the two outdoor literature winnersThe winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards, sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Idaho State University and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, were announced this week.  Winners in the Outdoor Literature category are Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail by Suzanne Roberts and The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan.  Roberts' account of a backpacking trip taken with two other women would be a good readalike if you enjoyed Cheryl Strayed's Wild.  Davidson's The Ledge is a gripping page-turner (similar to Touching the Void) describing how Davidson finds the will to survive after he and his climbing partner suffer a fall into a crevasse on Mt. Rainier.

(Catalog links are provided for all library-owned titles.  To request titles not owned by the library, please use the Beyond the Catalog request form.)

Outdoor Literature honorable mention:
Before They're Gone: A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks by Michael Lanza

Natural History Literature winner:
The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell

History/Biography winners:
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan
Anything Worth Doing: A True Story of Friendship and Tragedy on the Last of the West's Great Rivers by Jo Deurbrouck

Design and Artistic Merit winner:
Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest by David Hall

Children's winner:
For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas, illustrated by Laura Jacques

Nature and the Environment winner:
The Melting Edge: Alaska at the Frontier of Climate Change by Michael Collier

Nature and the Environment honorable mentions:
Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History by Carol Gracie
Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior by Andrew E. Derocher; photographs by Wayne Lynch

Instructional/How-to winners:
AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography: Creating Great Nature and Adventure Photos by Jerry Monkman
Backpacker Magazine's Complete Guide to Outdoor Gear Maintenance and Repair: Step by Step Techniques to Maximize Performance and Save Money by Kristin Hostetter

Outdoor Adventure Guidebooks winner:
Grand Canyoneering: Exploring the Rugged Gorges and Secret Slots of the Grand Canyon by Todd Martin

Nature Guidebooks winner:
A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico by Noble S. Proctor and Patrick J. Lynch