Guidebook to Southwest's Best Canyon Hikes Wins Gold

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Author Brian J. Lane recently won a gold prize in the travel category at the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards for his latest title, "Hikernut's Canyon Lands Companion - A Guide to the Best Canyon Hikes in the American Southwest," released by The Countryman Press in 2013.

"To explore Canyon Country is to experience a world unlike any other, and I hope this full-color book kindles your desire to trek."

The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards were recently announced by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) during their gala event at New York University’s Kimmel Center. Among the award winners was Arizona author Brian J. Lane, (in the travel category), with his book “Hikernut’s Canyon Lands Companion – A Guide to the Best Canyon Hikes in the American Southwest,” published by The Countryman Press in 2013.

Lane said that his prize winning book, "is geared toward the average hiker wanting to explore the most majestic canyons along the Colorado Plateau safely and responsibly." The author has placed over twenty years’ experience hiking throughout this area to good use in detailing trails, safety concerns, proper gear, and environmental information. The author added, "To explore Canyon Country is to experience a world unlike any other, and I hope this full-color book kindles your desire to trek."

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. Prestige is one of the many benefits of being named a winner of this distinguished award. In addition, gold award winners receive an engraved crystal trophy. Lane thanked his editor, Kathleen Bryant, for her superior editing skills, The Countryman Press for taking the risk, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

The author is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, The American Hiking Society, and a Life Member of the Sierra Club. He is also a NOLS/WMI certified Wilderness First Responder. In 2001 he was awarded a Photographer’s Forum Award of Excellence. Lane resides with his wife on their small ranch in Sedona, Arizona.

This is Lane’s second Benjamin Franklin Award, his first book, Hikernut’s Grand Canyon Companion, self-published in 2007, won a Silver Award in 2008. Please visit the authors’ website at http://www.aSenseofNature.com for more information, or visit http://www.ibpa-online.org/bf/ for a full list of winning entries.

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