Banff Mountain Book Competition Announces Winners

The 2015 Banff Mountain Book Competition has announced its grand prize and category winners. Medicine Walk, a fiction novel by Richard Wagamese, won both the grand prize and the Mountain Fiction and Poetry award.

By Rock and Ice | November 9th, 2015

2015 Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize Winner.

The 2015 Banff Mountain Book Competition has announced its grand prize and category winners. Medicine Walk, a fiction novel by Richard Wagamese, won both the grand prize and the Mountain Fiction and Poetry award.

Rock and Ice contributor Ed Douglas won the Mountaineering Article category for Crazy Wisdom, which appeared in Alpinist. Douglas’s article Lone Wolf, a biography of French climber Patrick Edlinger, was also nominated for Mountaineering Article. Lone Wolf was published in Rock and Ice issue 219 (July 2014).

Winner of the Mountaineering History award, Alpine Warriors by Bernadette McDonald recounts the stories of alpinists from the former Yugoslavia. One excerpt details the Slovenian team’s ascent of Makalu (27,825 feet) via the South Face in 1975: “[Stane Belak] concentrated on a position a few meters in front of him, plunged his axe into the snow, lifted one leg, and then the other. A stranger to himself, he watched his own body, a machine-like creature, advance up the slope toward a rock just below the summit…The first Yugoslavian eight-thousand-meter summit.”[Read the full excerpt here

Other category winners include: Drawn: The Art of Ascent by Jeremy Collins, Adventure Travel; The Tower by Kelly Cordes, Mountain & Wilderness Literature—Non-fiction; Alpine Exposures by Jon Griffith, Mountain Image; Lake District Rock by the Fell and Rock Climbing club, Guidebook.


Banff Mountain Book Competition – Category Winners Highlighted 

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

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

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

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 [click here to read an excerpt] – Winner of the Mountaineering History award
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)


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)


For more information, visit the Banff Centre’s website.


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