Banff Mountain Book Competition Announces 2015 Finalists

The Banff Mountain Book Competition has announced its long-list finalists for 2015. Competition categories include Mountain Fiction & Poetry, Mountain Image (i.e., books of photography and visual art), Mountain Guidebooks, Adventure Travel, Mountain & Wilderness Literature (non-fiction), and Mountaineering Article (new this year).

By Rock and Ice | September 24th, 2015

Ed Douglas’s biography of Ben Moon was nominated for the Mountain & Wilderness Literature award. Photo: Statement: The Ben Moon Story by Ed Douglas (Vertebrate Publishing, 2015)

The Banff Mountain Book Competition has announced its long-list finalists for 2015. Competition categories include Mountain Fiction & Poetry, Mountain Image (i.e., books of photography and visual art), Mountain Guidebooks, Adventure Travel, Mountain & Wilderness Literature (non-fiction), and Mountaineering Article (new this year). The Book Competition is part of the annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Banff, Canada.

The Banff Mountain Book Competition celebrates literature and art dedicated to “adventure, nature, and mountain culture.” One piece, out of all entries in any category, is selected each year to win the Grand Prize. Previous Grand Prize winners include Jim Curran’s K2: The Story of A Savage Mountain (1995), investigating the history of mountaineering on K2, and John Long’s The Stonemasters: California Rock Climbers in the Seventies  (2010), a combination of biographical photos and essays detailing the iconoclastic figures of California’s early climbing.

Among this year’s finalist, Lone Wolf, by British author Ed Douglas—published in Rock and Ice issue 219 (July 2014) —made the cut for Mountaineering Articles. Lone Wolf examines the life of Patrick Edlinger, “the first true icon of sport climbing, famous across 1980s France for his daring exploits and bohemian lifestyle.” Two additional works by Douglas were chosen as finalists: Crazy Wisdom (Alpinist, January 2015) for Mountaineering Article and Statement: The Ben Moon Story (Vertebrate Publishing, UK 2015) for Mountain & Wilderness Literature.

Alone on the Wall - Alex Honnold with David Roberts, W.W. Norton & Company (USA, 2015).Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold (with David Roberts) was nominated for Mountain & Wilderness Literature. The biography recounts seven of Honnold’s groundbreaking ascents, including his free solo of Sendero Luminoso (5.12d) in El Potrero Chico, Mexico and his Fitz Traverse in Patagonia with Tommy Caldwell.

Panelists will announce winners in each Book Competition category in mid-October to receive a $2000 cash prize and consideration for the Grand Prize. On November 5, the Grand Prize winner will be announced at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival to receive $4000 for their contribution to mountain literature.

Judges continue to review the 347 entries in the Banff Mountain Film Competition.

 

Banff Mountain Book Competition

2015 Longlist – From the Banff Centre website:

 

Adventure Travel

Chasing Rumor: A Season Fly Fishing in Patagonia
Cameron Chambers, Patagonia Books (USA, 2015)

Drawn: The Art of Ascent
Jeremy Collins, The Mountaineers Books (USA, 2015)

The Last Unicorn: The Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures
William deBuys, Little, Brown & Company (USA, 2015)

 

Mountain Fiction & Poetry

Medicine Walk 
Richard Wagamese, Emblem/McClelland & Stewart (CAN, 2014)

Snowblind: Stories of Alpine Obsession
Daniel Arnold, Counterpoint (USA, 2015)

Steps
Mark Goodwin, Longbarrow Press (UK, 2014)

 

Mountain & Wilderness Literature – Non-Fiction

The Adventure Game: A Cameraman’s Tales from Films at the Edge
Keith Partridge, Sandstone Press. (UK, 2015)

Alone on the Wall
Alex Honnold with David Roberts, W.W. Norton & Company (USA, 2015)

Alpine Warriors
Bernadette McDonald, Rocky Mountain Books (CAN, 2015)

The Call of the Ice: Climbing 8000-Meter Peaks in Winter
Simone Moro, The Mountaineers Books (USA, 2014)

Going Up Is Easy
Lydia Bradey with Laurence Fearnley, Penguin Random House, (NZ, 2015)

Statement: The Ben Moon Story
Ed Douglas, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2015)

The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre [ click here to read an excerpt]
Kelly Cordes, Patagonia Books (USA, 2014)

A Youth Wasted Climbing [click here to read an excerpt]
David Chaundy-Smart, Rocky Mountain Books (CAN, 2015)

 

Mountain Image

Alpine Exposures
Jon Griffith, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2014)

Il Sentiero Perduto
Stefano Unterthiner, Edizioni Ylaois. (ITA, 2015)

Nepal 1975-2011
Kevin Bubriski, Radius Books (USA, 2014)

 

Guidebooks

The Dolomites: Rock Climbs and Via Ferrata
James Rushforth, Rockfax (UK, 2014)

GeoBackcountry Rogers Pass: Uptracks, Bootpacks & Bushwhacks
Douglas Sproul, Uptrack Publishing (CAN, 2014)

Lake District Rock
Members of the FRCC Guidebooks Committee, Wired Guides (UK, 2015)

Rock Climbing in Ireland
David Flanagan, Three Rock Books (IRL, 2014)

Ski Touring in Norway
Trygve Sunde Kolderup, Arne Litlere, Anders Waage Nilsen and Erlend Sande, Fri Flyt (NOR, 2015)

 

Mountaineering Article

Crazy Wisdom
Ed Douglas, Alpinist (USA, January 2015)

He Would Just Go: Tobin Sorenson and the Alps, 1977
Rick Accomazzo, Alpinist (USA, January 2015)

Little Karim: What Makes a Climbing Hero?
Ian Welsted, Gripped Magazine (CAN, August 2015)

Lone Wolf
Ed Douglas, Rock and Ice Magazine. (USA, July 2014)

 

Mountaineering History

All titles that are shortlisted in the categories above that have a theme of mountaineering history are eligible for this award.

 

For more information, please visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/

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