Winner. A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell. By Donald Worster. Published by Oxford University Press, New York.
For years, people have been waiting for this book:
an authoritative study of Powell—the whitewater world's first river runner
as well as the West's great voice of reason. Thanks to Donald Worster,
we now have one. A superbly written book supported by exhaustive research,
this 673-page book is an expansive view of Powell's life and times—as expansive
as the view across the Colorado Plateau. A River Running West is a memorable portrait of one of the greats of river history.
Winner. Sunk Without a Sound: The Tragic Colorado Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde. By Brad Dimock. Published by Fretwater Press, Flagstaff, Arizona.
The 1920s was the decade of mysteries for the outdoor world. The mountaineering world had Mallory dissolving into the mists of Everest, while the whitewater world had Bessie and Glen Hyde disappearing in the depths of the Grand Canyon. This fascinating exploration into what happened to the Hydes is an important contribution to the whitewater genre, and seasoned Colorado River boater, Brad Dimock, was the perfect person to write it. Few others would have been able to put the right amount of heart and soul into an investigation of the mystery; indeed, Dimock and his wife, Jeri, actually built a replica of the Hydes' wooden scow and ran the river in much the same manner as the young couple would have done in the 1920s. Enthralling and compelling, this is a book that refuses to be put down.
|Outdoor Literature Category|
Winner. Where the Pavement Ends: One Woman's Bicycle Trip Through Mongolia, China and Vietnam. By Erika Warmbrunn.
Vivid, often light-hearted, and honestly written, Where the Pavement Ends is the story of Erika Warmbrunn's incredible 8-month, 5,000-mile mountain bike ride across middle Asia. Skillfully crafted with a sense of excitement and momentum that resembles coasting downhill on a bicycle, Where the Pavement Ends provides fascinating glimpses of East Asian life and landscapes along Warmbrunn’s journey. You'll be drawn in by her openness and curiosity about life and rejoice in her hard-earned accomplishments...
|Outdoor Classic Category|
Winner. Wilderness and the American Mind. By Roderick Nash.
This groundbreaking book, first published in 1967, is Roderick Nash's classic study of American attitudes toward wilderness. Beginning with the Old World's roots of opinion and reaching through the early twenty-first century, it ties together disparate elements of philosophy, history, politics, and popular attitudes into a concurrent and understandable whole. Scholarly and perceptive, Wilderness and the American Mind numbers among the great works on the outdoors.
|Design & Artistic Merit|
Winner. The Living Wild. Photography by Art Wolfe. Published by Wildlands Press, Seattle.
This is a book that will take your breath away. The Living Wild is a technical and intellectual marvel, providing a photographic celebration of the diversity of life inhabiting our planet. Celebrated nature photographer Art Wolfe took three years to produce the color photographs of 140 different species from 40 different countries that grace the pages of this large format book. Wolfe is clearly at the top of his game in The Living Wild, and this book should reinforce his position among the best nature photographers in the field. Using a highly effective combination of lens size and perspective, he almost brings the viewer into the photograph, blurring the boundaries of real and artificial. It's a sight to behold.
Winner. What Does the Sky Say? By Nancy White Carlstrom. Illustrated by Tim Ladwig. Published by Eerdmans Books for Young
In What Does the Sky Say?, a child watches the sky through the
changing of the seasons and in all kinds of weather, all the while learning
to listen to the voice of the sky. The message of Nancy White Carlstrom's
imaginative and poetic text is calming and inspiring, and Tim Ladwig's
colorful illustrations capture the magic of childhood and our deep connection
to all creation. For all ages.
Winner. Coyote and Badger: Desert Hunters of the Southwest. Written and illustrated by Bruce Hiscock. Published by Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
This book, for children from 7 to 10 years old, is a natural history story about predators and their struggle to survive. The tale unfolds when a coyote and badger meet and a mysterious bond forms between the two as they begin hunting together. Set in New Mexico among Anasazi ruins, the story is perfectly complemented with Bruce Hiscock's warm and luminous watercolors of a spacious desert.
|Nature and Environment Category|
Winner. Wild Solutions: How Biodiversity is Money in the Bank by Andrew Beattie and Paul Ehrlich. Illustrated by Christine Turnbull. Published by Yale University Press, New Haven.
Eminent ecologists Beattie and Ehrlich team up in this text for a careful
examination of the earth's biological diversity. Wild Solutions shows how the natural systems that surround us play an important role in
protecting our basic life-support systems. Based on a solid and well-developed
premise, it's a convincing book conveying a powerful and urgent message.
Winner. For Love of Wildness: The Journal of a U.S. Game Management Agent. By Terry Grosz. Published by Johnson Books, Boulder.
For Love of Wildness is the eagerly awaited sequel to Terry Grosz's first book on his life as a wildlife officer--and he certainly doesn't disappoint. An absorbing book, written in an honest and down-home style, Terry Grosz takes the reader along on a wild ride of chases, stakeouts, and shoot-outs in his efforts to protect America's wildlife.
Winner. Pacific Light: Images of the Monterey Peninsula. By Douglas Steakley. Poetry by Ric Masten. Published by Carmel Publishing Company, Carmel, California.
This is a book of geography and of passion, communicating its story through the interplay of images and poetry. From Douglas Steakley's breathtaking photography emerges the face of the Monterey landscape while Ric Masten's words provide its voice.
|Nature Guidebook Category|
Winner. Butterflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Western North America. By Jeffrey Glassberg. Published by Oxford University Press, New York.
This magnificently crafted guidebook is illustrated
with vivid color photographs that set a new standard in butterfly identification.
It's a guide that can quickly grow on you. In no time, you may find
yourself hopelessly hooked--and haunting the fields and forests searching
for those delicate insects that add so much color to summer afternoons.
Honorable Mention. The Raptor Almanac: A Comprehensive Guide to Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Vultures. By Scott Weidensaul. Published by The Lyons Press, New York.
A far-reaching reference and guide to raptors, this book is for those bird-watching enthusiasts who want to go beyond the fundamentals. Its contents include raptor evolution, behavior, courtship, nesting, migration, and more.
Winner. The Orvis Fly-Tying Guide. By Tom Rosenbauer. Illustrations by Rod Walinchus. Fly Pattern Photographs by Henry Ambrose. Published by The Lyons Press, New York.
Never tied a fly before? This is the book to get. With its clear, step-by-step instructions, great color photographs, and uncluttered and thoughtful design, you'll find yourself tying up streamers, nymphs, as well as dry and saltwater flies in no time.
|Outdoor Adventure Guidebook Category|
Winner. Fifty Favorite Climbs: The Ultimate North American Tick List. By Mark Kroese. Published by The Mountaineers Books, Seattle.
This splendidly done, full-color treat-for-the-eyes blends personality
and place, showcasing fifty accomplished climbers and their favorite climbs.
Each section includes a biographic sketch of the climber, a story about
his or her chosen climb, and a route description clearly illustrated by
a photograph and accompanying schematics.
Honorable Mention. Hike America Virginia: An Atlas of Virginia's Greatest Hiking Adventures. By Bill & Mary Burnham. Published by The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Connecticut.
Strike out and explore the trails and history of Virginia's backcountry in this handsomely designed and well-written guide.
Honorable Mention. 101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore. By Matt Heid. Published by Wilderness Press, Berkeley.
A wonderful selection of trails, good writing, and helpful graphics make this a choice guidebook for ambles in the special places of Northern California
Official NOBA reviews prepared by Ron Watters. Reviews are based on comments and insights provided by members of the judging panels. A special thanks to Katherine Daly for her editorial work.
|End of Listing: 2001 National Outdoor Book Awards|
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Jerry Dixon, Seward, AK
Susanne Dubrouillet, State College,
Laura Erickson, Duluth, MN.
Jim Fullerton, Pocatello, ID
Rachel Galloway, Bloomington, IN
Steve Guthrie, Unity ME
Joan Hamilton, Berkeley, CA
Kristin Hostetter, Milton, MA
Rodney Ley, Fort Collins, CO
Rich Martin, Los Angeles, CA
John Miles, Bellingham, WA
Tim Moore, Oxford, OH
James Moss, Lakewood, CO
Tom Mullin, Unity ME
Jim Paruk, Quincy, CA.
Ann Weiler Walka, Flagstaff, AZ
Ron Watters, Pocatello, ID
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