2020 Award Winners

Take a look at the awards our books have won and been finalists for in 2020.
Mountaineers Books Mountaineers Books
December 28, 2020

This past year has been filled with challenges, but it hasn't been without its silver linings. During 2020 thirteen of our titles were recognized by various book award competitions, and we couldn't be more proud. 

Just a few highlights include The Big Thaw taking home four different awards this year, Raven's Witness winning both the Mountain Literature prize and Grand Prize in this year's Banff Mountain Book Competition, and two of our books winning National Outdoor Book Awards with a third receiving an honorable mention.

Here is the complete list of Mountaineers Books titles that won and were finalists for awards this year:

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The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World
By Eric Scigliano with Photography by Chris Linder


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We Are Puget Sound: Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea 

  • Silver Ecology/Environment Winner
    Nautilus Book Awards
  • Gold West Pacific Regional Nonfiction Winner
    Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Regional Finalist
    Foreword Indies Book the Year Awards

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The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind
By Amy Gulick 

  • Silver Animals/Nature Winner 
    Nautilus Book Awards
  • Silver West Pacific Regional Nonfiction Winner
    Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Silver Nature Winner
    Foreword Indies Book the Year Awards

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Bringing Back the Birds
By Owen Deutsch

  • Gold Animals/Nature Winner
    Nautilus Book Awards
  • Gold Nature Winner
    Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Gold Nature Winner
    Foreword Indies Book the Year Awards

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Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest
By David Guterson 

  • Most Outstanding Design Winner
    Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Finalist
    Washington State Book Awards

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Hangdog Days: Conflict, Change, and the Race for 5.14
By Jeff Smoot

  • Finalist
    Washington State Book Awards

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Raven’s Witness: The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson
By Hank Lentfer 


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Crack Climbing: The Definitive Guide
by Pete Whittaker


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Winter 8000: Climbing the World's Highest Mountains in the Coldest Season
By Bernadette McDonald 

  • Finalist - Mountain Literature (Nonfiction)
    Banff Mountain Book Competition

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Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail
By Barney Scout Mann

  • Finalist - Adventure Travel
    Banff Mountain Book Competition

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Dragons in the Snow: Avalanche Detectives and the Race to Beat Death in the Mountains
By Edward Power 

  • Outdoor Literature Winner
    National Outdoor Book Awards

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Peak Nutrition: Smart Fuel for Outdoor Adventure
 by Maria Hines and Mercedes Pollmeier

  • Instructional Winner
    National Outdoor Book Awards 

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Nature Obscura: A City's Hidden Natural World 
by Kelly Brenner


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