2012 National Outdoor Book Award Winners Announced


The U.S. National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is the outdoor world's largest and most prestigious book award program.  It is a non-profit, educational program, sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University.

The National Outdoor Book Award winners have been announced for 2012.

Outdoor Literature

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

The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier.  By Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan.

Natural History Literature

The Forest Unseen:  A Year’s Watch in Nature. By David George Haskell.


Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day. By Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan.

Anything Worth Doing: A True Story of Adventure, Friendship and Tragedy on the Last of the West’s Great Rivers.  By Jo Deurbrouck.

Design and Artistic Merit

Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. By David Hall.

Children's Category

For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory PetersonBy Peggy Thomas.  Illustrated by Laura Jacques.

Nature and the Environment

The Melting Edge:  Alaska at the Frontier of Climate ChangeBy Michael Collier


AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography: Creating Great Nature and Adventure PhotosBy Jerry Monkman.

Backpacker Magazine’s Complete Guide to Outdoor Gear Maintenance and Repair: Step by Step Techniques to Maximize Performance and Save MoneyBy Kristin Hostetter.

Outdoor Adventure Guidebook

Grand Canyoneering:  Exploring the Rugged Gorges and Secret Slots of the Grand CanyonBy Todd Martin