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National Outdoor Book Awards
National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is one of the outdoor world's largest and most prestigious book award programs. Click
here for our index and the current award winners.
purpose of the Awards is to recognize and encourage outstanding writing and publishing
for books relating to the outdoors, nature, the environment. The
National Outdoor Book Awards
are administered by a non-profit, educational institution.
Outdoor Literature Category: Winners in this category will include works of
fiction, non-fiction narratives, poetry, essay collections, or other forms of
literature about outdoor adventure activities.
|Title and Author(s)
|Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women who climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain by Jennifer Jordan
Savage Summit is a
brilliantly written account which follows the lives of five women who
climbed K2. Shifting through hours of interviews and
written materials, Jennifer Jordan weaves together a riveting tale of
adventure, ambition, love and tragedy. This book is so well written that it
reads like a novel. Mark these words: Savage
Summit is destined to assume an honored place
among some of the best climbing books ever written.
There: In the Wild in a Wired Age by Ted Kerasote
Ted Kerasote has a friendly style of writing, and in Out There you
feel like you've settled in a chat with an old friend. The chat, in this
case, centers on a trip that Kerasote has taken down the Horton River of
Canada's Northwest Territories.
This not a trip where death is lurking around every corner; rather it's a
fine and thoughtful journey in which Kerasote grapples with the use of GPS,
satellite phones, and other technology in the wilderness. Honestly written
and well-crafted, it says much about what has become of the outdoor
the Mountain Casts Its Shadow: The Dark Side of Extreme Adventure by Maria Coffey
This is a moving and gracefully written story, one that has been waiting to
be told for a long time. This is what it's like for the families and friends
of mountaineers who die or who are injured on expeditions. Maria Coffey, who
intimately knows the pain of losing a loved one to the mountains, could have
easily turned the book into a tirade against climbing. Instead she embraces
adventure, emphasizing again and again that risk serves an important role in
contemporary society. Nonetheless, she cautions that, when we venture into
the unknown, we should never forget the terrible costs of adventure gone
|The Beckoning Silence by Joe Simpson
This is the story of a mountaineer in the autumn of his career coming to
grips with his own mortality and dwindling physical resources. An
extraordinary storyteller, Joe Simpson takes us on a series of adventures
which span the globe, culminating in one final, career-ending climb of the
North Face of the Eiger. Simpson is at his best when the chips are down and
the line between life and disaster is stretched paper thin.
|Rowing to Latitude by Jill Fredston
In her debut book, Rowing to Latitude, Jill Fredston emerges as a
fresh new voice in outdoor literature: witty, touching, literate, bold and
honest. She also emerges as a true adventurer. Pioneering the use of a
recreational rowing shell, similar in shape and size to a sea kayak, she and
her husband travel more than twenty thousand miles through the Arctic and
sub-Arctic. This book is the story of those journeys, but intricately woven
among them are the joys and struggles of her life. It's a marvelous book,
one that will carry you away to the great hinterlands of the north
Where the Pavement Ends: One Woman's Bicycle Trip Through Mongolia, China & 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.
On Celtic Tides: One Man's Journey Around Ireland by Sea Kayak by Chris Duff
A transfixing memoir, Celtic Tides
is the vivid account of the first ever circumnavigation of Ireland by kayak.
Told with sensitivity and care, Duff's odyssey is about a lone man and a
capricious sea and its moods of tranquillity and contrasting terror. But the
book is more than an adventure story. It's also about haunting beauty,
ancient history, and spiritual renewal found along the storm-lashed coasts
of an enchanting land.
|The Lost River: A Memoir of Life by Death by and Transformation on Wild Water by Richard Bangs
Since the early 1970s, Richard Bangs has been in the vanguard of river
exploration. He is particularly known for his bold ventures deep into the
recesses of Africa. In nearly a dozen books, Bangs has written of his
experiences, but in this book we see and learn more of him than ever before.
Primarily this book is about his 1996 pioneering run of Ethiopia's Tekeze
River, but the most interesting and telling part of the story is the long,
and sometimes tragic, path which led him there.
|Postcards from the Ledge: Collected Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child
by Greg Child
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.
Landscapes of the Interior: Re-Explorations of Nature and the Human Spirit by Don Gayton
Don Gayton does with the concept of landscape what writers like Edward Abbey
have done with the desert. It is a pioneering, personal journey across a
succession of landscapes from the Kokanee Range to the Columbia Plateau to
the tall grass prairie of Manitoba. Gayton is sometimes scientific and other
times lyrical and deeply philosophical. Through it all, he is always
original and fresh.
The National Outdoor Book Award Categories
This is a non-profit, educational program. The winners are chosen by a panel
of judges consisting of respected outdoor columnists, authors, educators, and
book reviewers from throughout the country. In early November, the NOBA committee announces the winners of the nine
categories that make up the awards program plus a set of books that achieved
honorable mentions. The NOBA awards are given in nine different
you like this list of outdoor award winners, you may enjoy these additional
lists of award winning books on mountaineering. Check out the winners (and
finalists) of the following awards: