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Monday, October 31, 2005

2005 National Outdoor Book Award Winners Announced

The National Outdoor Book Awards, "the outdoor world's largest and most prestigious book award program," just announced their 2005 winners in 10 categories, including Best Outdoor Adventure Guidebook: my Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks guide, published in June 2005 by Wilderness Press.

Here's NOBA's review of my book:

If this year's winner of the Guidebook Category is any indication, Top Trails are top notched guidebooks. Top Trails Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is a guidebook with a lot of moxie. It's exceedingly well organized. The maps are uncluttered and easy to use. And introductory charts help you identify suitable trails. In addition to the book's smart design, Nystrom has done a splendid job of researching and writing about the trails.

Here's an excerpt from NOBA's press release:

Pocatello, Idaho / Buffalo, New York – Winners of National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) represent some of the finest outdoor writing and artwork being published today. The nonprofit program is sponsored by the NOBA Foundation, Idaho State University and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. The program honors books across ten individual categories.

The announcement of the award winners was made recently at a special evening ceremony at the International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education. This year's conference was held at New York State University at Buffalo.

And a complete list of the winners....

History/Biography Category. Winner. Journey of a Hope Merchant: From Apartheid to the Elite World of Solo Yacht Racing. By Neal Petersen with William P. Baldwin and Patty Fulcher. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC.

History/Biography Category. Honorable Mention. Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life. By Arlene Blum. Scribner, New York.

Outdoor Literature. Winner. Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women who climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain. By Jennifer Jordan. William Morrow, New York.

Outdoor Literature. Honorable Mention. At the Mercy of the River: An Exploration of the Last African Wilderness. By Peter Stark. Ballatine Books, New York.

Natural History Literature. Winner. Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion. By Alan Burdick. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York.

Nature and the Environment. Winner. Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to their Biology, Behavior and Conservation. By James R. Spotila. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

Design and Artistic Merit Category. Winner. Mountain Ranges of Colorado. Photographed and Written by John Fielder. Designed by Mark Mulvany. Westcliffe Publishers, Englewood, CO.

Children's Books. Winner. The Little Green Island With a Little Red House: A Book of Colors and Critters. By Sharon Lovejoy. Down East Books, Rockport, ME.

Children's Books. Honorable Mention. The Leaf Man. By Lois Ehlert. Harcourt, New York.

Instructional Category. Winner. Basic Kayaking: All the Skills and Gear You Need to Get Started. By Wayne Dickett and Jon Rounds. Photographs by Skip Brown. Illustrations by Roberto Sabas. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA.

Instruction Category. Winner. Glacier Mountaineering: An Illustrated Guide to Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue. By Andy Tyson. Illustrated by Mike Clelland. Edited by Michael Kennedy. Climbing Magazine, Carbondale, CO.

Outdoor Adventure Guidebook Category. Honorable Mention. Idaho's Salmon River: A River Runner's Guide to the River of No Return. By Eric J. Newell and Allison J. Newell. Black Canyon Guides, Logan, UT.

Outdoor Adventure Guidebook Category. Honorable Mention. Red Rock Canyon: A Climbing Guide. By Roxanna Brook and Jared McMillen. The Mountaineers Books, Seattle.

Nature Guidebook Category. Winner. Snakes of the Southeast. By Whit Gibbons and Mike Dorcas. The University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA.

Nature Guidebook Category. Honorable Mention. Nature's Strongholds: The World's Great Wildlife Reserves. By Laura and William Riley. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Classic Category. Life-time Achievement Recognition: Farley Mowat for Sea of Slaughter, Never Cry Wolf and other works.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Top Trails Yellowstone Book Signing at San Francisco Adventures in Travel Expo

I will be signing copies of my new, NOBA-award-winning Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks guide at the Adventures in Travel Expo, at the Moscone Convention Center in downtown San Francisco, on Saturday November 11th, from noon until at least 1pm. So, if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say 'Howdy.'

Here's a bit more about the show, from the promoters:

"Adventures in Travel Expo ™ (ATE) is the world’s largest series of travel events serving adventure, active travel, eco, nature, cultural and outdoor tourism enthusiasts and professionals. These premier events give attendees the opportunity to see thousands of travel possibilities, from exotic safaris to luxury beach escapes."

Monday, October 24, 2005

Yellowstone End-of-Season Highway Updates - NPS News Release

Here are some updates from the NPS about Yellowstone NP's end-of-the-season road closure schedule.

Guardian Unlimited | Bison hunters set sights on easy pickings in Yellowstone park

The Guardian Unlimited reports on the un-sporting folly of bison hunting outside Yellowstone park boundaries.