Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival


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Banff Mountain
Book Competition

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival celebrates mountain literature and film, bringing together filmmakers, writers, publishers, editors, photographers, athletes, adventurers, and — of course — readers. Featuring films screenings, guest speakers, readings, seminars, book signings and launches, the Festival offers a wide spectrum of experiences for participants and the film and book-loving audience.


The Banff Centre is pleased to announce the long list of category finalists in the 2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition; all finalists are listed alphabetically by title in each award category.

Adventure Travel

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
Kevin Fedarko, Scribner (USA, 2013)

Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari
Paul Theroux, McClelland & Stewart (Canada, 2013)

Living the Best Day Ever
Hendri Coetzee, Hendri Coetzee Trust (South Africa, 2013)

Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon
Paul Rosolie, HarperCollins Publishers (USA, 2014)

The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway
Arno Kopecky, Douglas & McIntyre, (Canada 2013)

Mountain Fiction and Poetry

The Last Quarter of the Moon
Chi Zijian, Harvill Secker/Random House (UK, 2013)

Letters from Chamonix
David Stevenson, Imaginary Mountain Surveyors (Canada, 2014)

The Mantis
Philip Temple, Vertebrate Digital (UK, 2014)

Mountain & Wilderness Literature – Non-Fiction

The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains
Barry Blanchard, Patagonia Books (USA, 2014)

Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks 1906 - 1974
PearlAnn Reichwein, University of Alberta Press (Canada, 2014)

Hanging On: A Life inside British Climbing’s Golden Age
Martin Boysen, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2014)

The Homeward Wolf
Kevin Van Tighem, Rocky Mountain Books (Canada, 2013)

Mountains in my Heart: A Passion for Climbing
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, The Mountaineers Books (USA, 2014)

One Day as a Tiger: Alex MacIntyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism
John Porter, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2014)

Mountain Image

Climbing Fitz Roy 1968: Reflections on the Lost Photos of the Third Ascent
Yvon Chouinard, Chris Jones, Dick Dorworth, Lito Tejada-Flores, Doug Tompkins, Patagonia Books (USA, 2013)

Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies
Steven Gnam, Douglas Chadwick, Braided River/The Mountaineers Books (USA, 2014)

Summits and Starlight: The Canadian Rockies
Paul Zizka, Rocky Mountain Books (Canada, 2013)

Vulkane: Expeditionen zu den gefährlichsten Kratern der Welt
Carsten Peter, National Geographic /NG Malik Buchgesellschaft (Germany, 2013)


Bouldering Essentials: The Complete Guide to Bouldering
David Flanagan, Three Rocks Books (Ireland, 2013)

Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel
Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, Mauro Mazzo, Patagonia Books (USA, 2014)

Squamish Bouldering
Marc Bourdon, Quickdraw Publications (Canada, 2014)

Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete
Steve House, Scott Johnston, Patagonia Books (USA, 2014)

Walking and Trekking in Iceland: Exploring the Land of Ice and Fire
Paddy Dillon, Cicerone Press (UK, 2013)

Yosemite Bigwalls: The Complete Guide
Roger Putnam, Erik Sloan, Yosemite Bigwalls (USA, 2014)


2013 Book Jury


Katie IvesBruce is a writer, photographer, traveler and adventurer. As a writer he has contributed work to The Globe and Mail, Explore Magazine, and Canadian Geographic. He is the author of two bestselling books, Sand Dance and Dolphin's Tooth. His journeys have taken him across Arabia by camel, down the Blue Nile on raft, and across Iceland by foot.


Baiba MorrowAnik has travelled the world by bicycle for more than 25 years, having logged more than a million kilometres from Patagonia to the Caucasus mountains. Her writing, both fiction and non‐fiction has appeared in The Walrus, Brick, The National Post, Toronto Life and, as a contributing editor, in Outpost Magazine. She is the author of three books all of which reflect her love of remote cultures, landscape and the possibility of place.


Chris DavenportSteve has a 45‐year climbing career and nearly 20 expeditions to Asia under his belt ‐ and he has made ascents of the North Ridge of K2 and the North Ridge of Everest solo ‐ both without supplementary oxygen. In 2012 he made the first ascent of Sasser Kangri II (7518 metres) and was awarded the prestigious Piolet d'Or. Swenson is a past president of the American Alpine Club and as a writer has contributed to the newly released Rock, Paper, Fire anthology.

What is the Banff Mountain Book Competition?

The Banff Mountain Book Competition is an internationally recognized literary competition that celebrates its 21th year in 2014. The shortlist of category award winners eligible for the Grand Prize will be announced in October 2014. The Grand Prize will be announced on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and category awards will be presented to winning authors.

2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition Categories

Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories:

(Please note: books written primarily for children and young adults are not suitable for this competition.)

Adventure Travel — non-fiction books with a theme of travel to, and exploration of, remote and/or rugged landscapes and their cultures. Eligible for the Adventure Travel Award (English editions only)

Mountain Fiction and Poetry — includes fiction and poetry books with a focus on mountain topics. Creative narratives about climbing and mountaineering, exploration and mountain culture are acceptable. Eligible for the Mountain Fiction & Poetry Award (English editions only)

Mountain Guidebooks — non-fiction books dealing with physical activities in mountain environments; including hiking, climbing, mountaineering and "how-to" books. Eligible for the Mountain Guidebook Award (English editions only)

Mountain Image — includes books with a primary focus on mountain images and with text in a subordinate role. Images may include photographs or reproductions of artwork. Eligible for the Mountain Image Award (Publications in all languages are acceptable)

Mountain and Wilderness Literature, Non-Fiction — includes non-fiction books, such as memoirs, biographies and narratives on mountaineering, climbing history, mountain exploration, mountain culture, and human experiences of any kind in the mountain wilderness. Eligible for the Mountain & Wilderness Literature, The Jon Whyte Award (English editions only)

A Grand Prize will be awarded to a book chosen from amongst the winners in the above categories.

The 2014 Book Competition is closed
(Entry Deadline was June 30, 2014)

2013 Banff Mountain Book Competition Winners

On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey through the Land of the NomadsThe Banff Mountain Book Festival thanks the writers, the photographers, their editors, and publishers for entering this year's competition.

The 2013 Banff Mountain Book Competition jury - Bruce Kirkby (Canada), Anik See (NED), and Steve Swenson (USA) - chose the award winners.

View 2013 Winners

Past Winners of the
Banff Mountain Book Festival

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 |

Book Awards Sponsors


Banff Mountain Book Competition Awards

The shortlist of category award winners eligible for the Grand Prize will be announced in October. The Grand Prize will be announced Thursday, November 6, 2014 at The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and category awards will be presented to winning authors.

Grand Prize – Phyllis and Don Munday Award

$4000 – Sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada

Award Categories

Mountain & Wilderness Literature – Non-Fiction
The Jon Whyte Award

$2000 – Sponsored by The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Adventure Travel

$2000 – Sponsored by The Juniper Hotel & The Wild Flour Bakery & Café

Mountain Image

$2000 – Sponsored by Alpinist Magazine


$2000 – Sponsored by The American Alpine Club

Mountain Fiction & Poetry

$2000 – Sponsored by Orofino Winery

Mountaineering History James Monroe Thorington Award

$1000 – Sponsored by UIAA and William Putnam