note Middle Fork of the Salmon River Guidebook wins National Outdoor Book Award.
The winners of the 2006 National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) were announced in November. The winners of this annual award program represent some of the finest outdoor writing and artwork being published today. The NOBA Foundation, Idaho State University and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education sponsor the awards program.

This year an Idaho author and guide Matt Leidecker took home top honors in the Outdoor Guidebook category for his recently published:

Middle Fork of the Salmon River – A Comprehensive Guide.

The guidebook is the culmination of more than a decade of working and living on Idaho̢۪s most famous river. Drawing from more than fifteen years of Middle Fork guiding experience, author Matt Leidecker has packed the 96-page book with information on how to run the rapids (at high and low water), where to kayak, camp, hike, and visit historical sites along the river. The detailed maps are accompanied by more than 70 color photos and also include a section describing the geology of the canyon.

The purpose of the Awards is to recognize and encourage outstanding writing and publishing.  Each fall in early November, 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.

The program has very high standards of fairness and objectivity.  The winners are chosen by a panel of judges consisting of educators, academics, book reviewers, authors, editors, and outdoor columnists from throughout the country.  

NOBA Book Review:

“More than any, river guidebooks get used --and abused.  All day, they are in and out of ammo cans, passed around, and used to keep track of mileage, to re-check routes through rapids, and to find the night's camp.  They have to be tough, conveniently sized, able to withstand a soaking or two, have easy-to-read maps, and clear and concise descriptions.  Matt Leidecker's Middle Fork guidebook fits the bill perfectly.  If you have a trip planned on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon, this is the guide written and built for the job.”

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