The Mountaineers Books this month received a number of prestigious awards for recently published titles. The publisher, owned by the Mountaineers Club of Washington state, received recognition from both the Banff Mountain Book Festival and the National Outdoor Book Awards.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life & Land took the Best Book award in the 2003 Banff Mountain Book Festival's “Mountain Image” category. Author/photographer Subhankar Banerjees' images document the Refuge's abundant and fragile wildlife. His work was exhibited this year at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and is currently appearing at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His work is also the subject of a lengthy article in the December 2003 issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) were also announced this month. The Beckoning Silence, by Joe Simpson, was NOBA's winner for Outdoor Literature. And titles from The Mountaineers Books swept the NOBA category for Outdoor Adventure Guidebook. The category winner was 100 Hikes in Yosemite National Park, by Marc J. Soares, and Honorable Mentions in this category were awarded to the publishers' 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest, 2nd Edition, by Rich Landers, and to Trekking Washington, by Mike Woodmansee.