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WINNERS OF 1998 NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The winners of the 1998 National Outdoor Book Awards were recently announced. This is the second year of the program which honors outstanding publishing and writing in the outdoor field.
Nature Guidebook Category. A Field Guide to Snakes of Florida by Alan Tennant, published by Gulf Publishing Company. Honorable mention goes to the Colorado Nature Almanac by Stephen R. Jones and Ruth Carol Cushman, published by Pruett Publishing Company
Nature and the Environment Category. The Columbia: Sustaining a Modern Resource by Tim Palmer, published by The Mountaineers. Honorable mention goes to The Arctic Wolf: Ten Years with the Pack by David Mech, published by Voyageur Press.
Outdoor Adventure Guidebook Category. Colorado's Continental Divide Trail by Tom Lorang Jones, published by Westcliffe Publishers.
Instructional Category. Knots and Ropes for Climbers by Duane Raleigh, published by Stackpole Books
Design and Artistic Merit. Track of the Tiger, Edited by Maurice Hornocker, published by Sierra Club Books. Honorable mention goes to 100 Classic Hikes in Washington by Ira Spring and Harvey Manning, published by The Mountaineers.
History/Biography Category. The Doing of the Thing: The Brief and Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstom, by Vince Welch, Cort Conley, Brad Dimock, published by Fretwater Press.
Outdoor Literature Category. Postcards from the Ledge: Collected Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child by Greg Child, published by The Mountaineers.
Outdoor Classic. This year, judges have decided to make two awards in the classic category. Both of the winners are extraordinary works in the outdoor field and both are deserving of the title Outdoor Classic.
The two winners are Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie, published by Alaska Northwest Books; and Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. Edited by Don Graydon and Kurt Hanson, published by The Mountaineers.
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Nature Guidebook Winner. A Field Guide to Snakes of Florida by Alan Tennant, published by Gulf Publishing Company.
Longtime herpetologist Alan Tennant skillfully combines scientific data with straightforward comments and observations to make this book an invaluable resource tool for identifying and appreciating Florida's remarkable snake population. A well crafted and organized guidebook, it has understandable text and crisp, easy-to-use color photographs of every snake described in the book.Nature Guidebook Honorable Mention. Colorado Nature Almanac by Stephen R. Jones and Ruth Carol Cushman, published by Pruett Publishing Company.
Wonderfully readable and well-researched, this is a month-to-month guide to the rhythms of nature in Colorado. It includes wildflower blooming charts, bird arrival times, a naturalist's where-to-go directory, and entertaining facts about the state's flora and fauna.
Tim Palmer, in one of his finest works on rivers, celebrates the beauty and natural resources of the Columbia. Taking readers from one tributary to another across the vast and varied Pacific Northwest landscape, he describes the river's watershed, the intricate pattern of development, and its dwindling forests and salmon runs. He details what is wrong but also offers hope that responsible politics can redirect society toward a sustainable future.
Written by one of the world's foremost authorities on wolves, this book is about Mech's work with a pack of Arctic wolves which he first began to study in 1986. It is as much a fascinating personal account as it is a classic field study. Moreover, it's a stylish and elegant book, lavishly illustrated with color photography.
This guidebook covers the 759-mile stretch of the Continental Divide Trail through the state of Colorado and includes trail descriptions, history, conservation information, and route finding hints. It's an outstanding resource for hikers and mountain bikers. From brilliant color photography to colorful maps and graphics to insightful writing, this is a model guidebook.
Knots and Ropes is not a fancy book. It's less than 100 pages in length and there's no color photography. But it is the book's plain and simple approach which makes it so appealing and useful. Duane Raleigh's text along with Mike Clelland's clever, but clear and understandable illustrations, remove the mystery surrounding climbing knots and makes tying them a snap.Design and Artistic Merit Winner. Track of the Tiger. Maurice Hornocker, editor. Andy Lewis, art director. Tom Lewis, design director. Produced by Tehabi Books and published by Sierra Club Books.
Track of the Tiger is a compelling and masterfully designed book with rich, stunning photography by some of the world's best nature photographers. Nine essays, edited by eminent biologist, Maurice Hornocker, bring alive this magnificent and legendary animal, the largest of the world's cats.Design (Honorable Mention). 100 Classic Hikes in Washington. Ira Spring and Harvey Manning, authors. Jennifer Shontz, graphic coordinator. Marge Mueller, maps. Published by The Mountaineers.
Conservationists and venerable Pacific Northwest guidebook writers, Ira Spring and Harvey Manning describe 100 of the best hikes in Washington. This is a beautifully arranged book, with exquisite color photography and a new and promising type of map graphic giving readers a visual representation of trail lay-out.Biography Winner. The Doing of the Thing: The Brief, Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstrom by Vince Welch, Cort Conley, and Brad Dimock, published by Fretwater Press.
In this well-researched and well-written biography, western whitewater pioneer Buzz Holmstrom, famous for his 1937 thousand-mile solo run down the Colorado River, comes to life. Near its conclusion, the book answers one of the great mysteries of the whitewater world: how and why did Holmstrom die on the Grand Ronde river in Oregon? This is a wonderful story about rivers and wooden boats, humility, solitude, and one man's lone struggle in a difficult and changing world.
Postcards from the Ledge establishes Greg Child as one of most talented and versatile writers of the mountaineering genre. A competent and experienced climber, he is an astute and objective observer. He is humorous and serious, and as adept at elegant descriptions of the high moments of life in the mountains as he is describing the sordid and repulsive side of the sport.Outdoor Classic Winner. Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie, published by Alaska Northwest Books.
This book, first written in the 1950s and still in print, is authored by the grand dame of the wilderness movement, Margaret Murie. Margaret has helped generations of men and women understand the need to preserve wild landscapes. In Two in the Far North, she describes her life in Alaska: her growing up in Anchorage and her adventurous trips into the Alaska wilderness with her husband and biologist, Olaus. It is a wonderful read and a true American wilderness classic.Outdoor Classic Winner. Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. Edited by Don Graydon and Kurt Hanson. Published by The Mountaineers.
Freedom of the Hills is the classic English-language text on mountaineering and the best selling climbing instruction book of all time. First published in 1960 and now on its sixth edition, this authoritative and expansive book has evolved with the times, while maintaining its high and exacting standards. It is an essential part of any outdoor library.
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