The National Outdoor Book Awards

Living in Colorado, many of us enjoy being connected to the outdoors, whether we hike, ski, rock climb, or enjoy a beautiful day in a city park. When you just can't get outside, or when you want to have a virtual adventure, checking out winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards might satisfy your need for nature.

The National Outdoor Book Awards have been around since 1997, and are given out every November. The Awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. They recognize excellence in outdoor writing and publishing in a number of categories, including Outdoor Literature, Natural History Literature, History/Biography, Design & Artistic Merit, Classic, Children's, Nature & Environment, Instructional, and Guidebooks. A complete listing of the winners since 1997 is available on the NOBA web site. Here are some winners & honorable mention books from the past few years that are available through DPL (note--some of these items are non-circulating and  must be enjoyed at in our Western History Department on the 5th floor of the Central Library):

Outdoor Literature:

Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail, Suzanne Roberts

The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship & Survival on Mount Rainier, Jim Davidson & Kevin Vaughan

Before They're Gone: A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks, Michael Lanza

Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, Phillip Connors

Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave, Peter Heller

Halfway to Heaven, Mark Obmascik

Natural History Literature:

The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, David George Haskell


Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day, Peter Zuckerman & Amanda Padoan

An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science, Edward J. Larson

Pilgrims of the Vertical: Yosemite Rock Climbers & Nature at Risk, Joseph E. Taylor III

Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2, Jennifer Jordan

Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage, Glyn Williams

Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, Douglas Brinkley


For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson, Peggy Thomas

To Market, To Market, Nikki McClure

Camping with the President, Ginger Wadsworth

Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer, Mary Mortan Cowan

An Egret's Day, Jane Yolen

Operation Redwood, S. Terrell French


My First Summer in the Sierra, John Muir

Annapurna : First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak, Maurice Herzog

Kayak: The New Frontier, William Nealy

Nature & the Environment:

Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees, Nancy Ross Hugo

Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions, Mark W. Moffett

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Our Living Earth, Yann  Arthus-Bertrand

Sand: The Never Ending Story, Michael Welland

Every Living Thing: Man's Obssessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys, Rob Dunn

Outdoor Adventure Guidebook:

Exploring Havasupai: A Guide to the Heart of the Grand Canyon, Greg Wilt







Written by Becker on November 20, 2012

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