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1999 NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The engaging and inspiring story of a man carving a masterpiece of a cabin out of the Alaskan wilderness is the winner of the Biography Category of the 1999 National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA). One Man's Wilderness, by Richard Proenneke and Sam Keith is a beautifully and simply told story of harmony and life removed from civilization.
One Man's Wilderness is one of several books which were honored at a special evening ceremony of the International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in early November. NOBA is the largest and most prestigious national award program for authors and publishers of outdoor books.
Other 1999 winners include Richard Bang's The Lost River, a gripping story of river rafting deep in the recesses of Africa. Bang's book won the Outdoor Literature Category.
The winner of the Children's Category is The Inuksuk Book by Mary Wallace. A fascinating book for preteens, it is about Inuksuks which are stone structures used by the Inuits of the Arctic to communicate with one another.
Two books won the Nature and Environment category. One is Washington's Mount Rainier National Park, a stunning pictorial book with heart-felt prose by author Tim McNulty. The other book, authored by naturalist Phillip Manning is Islands of Hope, an investigation into ten wildlife preserves that offer hope for protecting animals and ecosystems.
The winner of the instructional category was Mark Twight's Extreme Alpinism which is a master class for accomplished climbers who risk it all in some of the world's most dangerous places.
Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains was the judge's favorite for the Nature Guidebook category. This pocket sized book helps decipher the signs left behind by mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Winner of the Design category is Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail by Leonard Adkins, a colorful and elegant guide to the flora of the 2,100-mile trail.
Trout Unlimited's Guide to America's 100 Best Trout Streams won the adventure guidebook category. A stylishly written guide by John Ross, it's sure to fire an angler's imagination.
The Outdoor Classic Award was won by Cache Lake Country. John Rowland's book, first published in 1947, is about his experiences and explorations in the lake country of the North Ontario woods.
Honorable mention went to Vermont and New Hampshire Winter Trails by Marty Basch (guidebook category) and Spotted Bear: A Rock Mountain Folktale by Hanneke Ippish (design category)
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History-Biography Category Winner:
The Lost River: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Transformation on Wild Water. By Richard Bangs. Published by Sierra Club Books in conjunction with Random House.
The Inuksuk Book. Text and illustrations by Mary Wallace. Published by Owl Books.
Washington's Mount Rainier National Park: A Centennial Celebration. By Tim McNulty. Photographs by Pat O'Hara. Published by The Mountaineers.
Islands of Hope: Lessons from North America's Great Wildlife Sanctuaries by Phillip Manning. Published by John F. Blair.
Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast and High. By Mark Twight and James Martin. Published by The Mountaineers.
Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains: A Field Guide to the Signs of 70 Wildlife Species. By James Halfpenny. Illustrated by Todd Telander. Published by Falcon Press.
Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail. By Leonard Adkins. Photographs by Joe and Monica Cook. Published by Menasha Ridge Press.
Spotted Bear: A Rocky Mountain Folktale. By Hanneke Ippisch. Illustrated by Hedvig Rappe-Flowers. Designed by Kim Ericsson. Published by Mountain Press Publishing.
Trout Unlimited's Guide to America's 100 Best Trout Streams. By John Ross. Published by Falcon Press.
Vermont and New Hampshire Winter Trails. By Marty Basch. Published by The Globe Pequot Press.
Cache Lake Country: Life in the North Woods. By John J. Rowlands. Published by The Countryman Press.
Although the following books entered in this year's contest were not selected as winners, the judges wanted to recognize their value and importance in the outdoor field. All of them have gone through multiple editions and printings. And all are tried-and-true books which have done much to make outdoor skills, techniques and the outdoor experience more understandable.
Kayaking: An Animated Guide of Intermediate and Advanced Whitewater Technique by William Nealy. Quirky, creative, humorous, and uncommonly useful, this is a classic in the whitewater kayaking world.
How to Rock Climb by John Long. Now in its third edition, John Long's plain-speaking book remains the standard text of rock climbing technique.
Expedition Kayaking by Derek Hutchinson. Thirty-year sea kayaking veteran and inveterate expeditioner, Derek Hutchinson, tells how it's done in this, the fourth edition of his colorful and eminently instructive book.
Cowstails and Cobras II: A Guide to Games, Initiatives, Ropes Courses, & Adventure Curriculum by Karl Rohnke. Penned by one the great innovators of the experiential education field and stuffed to the brim with adventure games and initiatives, this immensely resourceful book is an outdoor education classic.
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