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Appalachian Odyssey Awarded
"Classic Honorable Mention"

APPALACHIAN ODYSSEY; Walking the Trail from Georgia to Maine by Steve Sherman and Julia Older of Hancock NH was awarded the only Honorable Mention in the category Outdoor Classic by the 2009 National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA).

Foundation Chairman Ron Watters writes in his announcement: The nine awards "honor outstanding writing and publishing in the outdoor field."

Additionally, a special award, the Outdoor Classic Award, is given annually to an "unusual and lasting" book that "over time has proven to be a significant work in the field." Past selections in the Outdoor Classic category include Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac, Margaret Murie's Two in the Far North, and a reprint of Henry David Thoreau's Walden.

This year the Authors Guild gave Appalachian Odyssey, with a foreword by Edward Abbey, a new life by selecting the memoir for its Back-in-Print series.

The 2000-mile Appalachian Trail follows the ridgelines of the Appalachian Mountain system through 14 states along the eastern seaboard. The authors backpacked 150 days through many state and national parks and forests. Older was the 19th woman to hike end-to-end since the completion of "America's footpath through the wilderness" in 1936. Today, between 500-600 hikers become end-to-enders each year.

Appalachian Odyssey is available directly through: www.AppledoreBooks.com, and at bookstores.