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Harvey wins book award

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Aspenite Mark Harvey received the National Outdoor Book Award for best instructional book for his “National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Guide.”Harvey received the award Nov. 9. National Outdoor Book Awards are presented by a committee of authors and outdoors people.The book, published in June 1999, is Harvey’s first. It is a concise guide to planning and executing wilderness trips and expeditions. The author was a teacher at the National Outdoor Leadership School, or NOLS, for nine years, teaching in Chile, Mexico and Wyoming.”It’s meant to be a pretty thorough base for backpacking and mountaineering, for planning expeditions and running them,” Harvey said.But the book doesn’t attempt to tell the reader step by step what to do in every eventuality.”Instead of a laundry list of what to do, it tries to give you the principles of how to think,” Harvey explained, “even though it does have a lot of specifics in it.” In addition to information on expedition planning, “NOLS Wilderness Guide” contains information on such subjects as helicopter rescue, cooking in the woods and travel techniques.Though this is Harvey’s first book, his articles have appeared in High Country News, Roaring Fork Sunday and The Aspen Times, as well as in such small magazines as Outside Adventure, Sheep Magazine and some NOLS publications. He received a Colorado Press Association award for a three-part series on water in the Roaring Fork Sunday.Of winning the National Outdoor Book Award, Harvey said, “It’s an encouraging start. When I first sent the manuscript to the publisher, I was terrified they’d send it back and tell me to start over.”The “NOLS Wilderness Guide,” published by Simon & Schuster, is available at The Ute Mountaineer, Explore Booksellers, City Market in El Jebel, Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Glenwood Springs and other outlets, including Amazon.com.


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