National Outdoor Book Award Honors Lonely Planet’s New Hiking Guide

Lonely Planet’s Hiking in the Sierra Nevada, by John Mock and Kimberley O’Neil, has won the 2002 National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) in the category of Adventure Guidebooks.

NOBA judges – a panel of educators, academics, book reviewers, authors, editors and outdoor columnists from throughout the country – praised the book as ‘a user friendly, rock-solid guidebook with clear writing, useful topographic maps, inviting photos, and it’s conveniently sized to fit in the side pocket of your pack.’

The National Outdoor Book Awards is the outdoor world’s largest and most prestigious book award program whose purpose is to recognize and encourage outstanding writing and publishing. Each fall the NOBA Foundation announces the winners of the nine categories making up the program, including History, Literature, Children, Nature, Instructional, Adventure Guidebook, Nature Guidebook, Design and Outdoor Classic.

Lonely Planet’s hiking guides are for those who believe the best way to see the world is on foot. Detailing everything from weekend walks to challenging treks, these guides also include expert advice on when to hike, what to bring, reliable maps and essential travel information.

Hiking in the Sierra Nevada provides information for exploring Lake Tahoe Basin and Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks, as well as a feature chapter on the Tahoe Rim Trail, the Tahoe-Yosemite Trial and the John Muir Trail. It also includes detailed trail descriptions of more than 60 hikes, and accurate, two-color contour maps for each one.

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NOBA is a non-profit educational program sponsored by the NOBA Foundation, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education and Idaho State University. The award announcement was made at the International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education just held in Charleston, South Carolina. For more information, go to