Tom Stienstra wins 1st in nation for adventure writing

by admin on June 10, 2013

Courtesy San Francisco Chronicle, June 9, 2013

MISSOULA, MT — The Chronicle’s Tom Stienstra won first and second places in the nation for best outdoor adventure writing in the annual awards announced last week by the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

The winning entry was “Paralyzed athlete Grant Korgan achieves polar goal,” which appeared on Page 1 of San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 29, 2012.

As a first place winner, Stienstra becomes one of eight finalists in the newspaper category for the President’s Award, National Outdoor Writer of the Year, to be announced in the fall at Lake Placid, New York.

The second place award was for the story, “Northern Yosemite offers true solitude,” which appeared July 8, 2012, and was republished on Nov. 7 at The stories are archived at

The outdoor writers’ “Excellence in Craft” competition accepts entries from the nation’s top 800 outdoors writers that are members of OWAA.

Chronicle staff report

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