Jim Gebbie, who recently attended the SATW Western Chapter meeting in Brno, Czech Republic, reports that four BATW members and one Honorary member (Spud Hilton) won 2018 chapter writing awards, which were announced at the meeting.

The winners are:


Silver: Larry Habegger – San Francisco Chronicle: “Cycling and Biking County Mayo, Ireland’s Wild West”


Gold: April Orcutt – BBC Travel: “The protectors of Canada’s sacred islands”

Best website

Gold: Karen Misuraca – DeepCultureTravel.com

Travel tips

Gold: Spud Hilton – San Francisco Chronicle, “The Guide to Surviving in the SFO Metropolis”


Gold: Lee Foster – Foster Travel Publishing, for a series of Portland columns

Bronze: Spud Hilton – San Francisco Chronicle, for his series of columns