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Awards: Banff Mountain announces book awards longlists

unnamedThe Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has released the longlists for its annual book competition‚ recognizing authors of mountain-themed books and articles in six categories‚ along with one overall prize. Shortlists and the recipient of the $2‚000 Mountaineering History award will be announced in October. The $4‚000 grand prize winner will be named at an awards ceremony during the festival on Nov. 3.

Adventure Travel ($2‚000 prize)

  • John Aitchison, The Shark and the Albatross (Greystone Books)
  • James Campbell, Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild (Crown Publishers)
  • Wally Herbert and Huw Lewis-Jones‚ Across the Arctic Ocean: Original Photographs from the Last Great Polar Journey (Thames & Hudson)
  • Jean McNeil, Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir (ECW Press)
  • Robert Wehrman, Walking Man: The Secret Life of Colin Fletcher (Pacific Star Publications)

Mountain Fiction & Poetry ($2‚000 prize)

  • John Bragg, The Broom of God (Backroad Press)
  • Brian Doyle, Martin Marten: A Novel (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • Kim Heacox, Jimmy Bluefeather (Alaska Northwest Books)
  • Helen Mort,  No Map Could Show Them (Chatto & Windus)

Mountain & Wilderness Literature – Non-fiction ($2‚000 prize)

  • David Chambre, The 9th Grade: 150 Years of Free Climbing (Les éditions du Mont-Blanc)
  • Catherine Destivelle, Rock Queen (Hayloft Publishing)
  • Brendan Leonard, Sixty Meters to Anywhere (Mountaineers Books)
  • Simon McCartney, The Bond (Vertebrate Publishing)
  • Gudrun Pflüger, Wolf Spirit: A Story of Healing, Wolves and Wonder (Rocky Mountain Books)
  • Brandon Pullan, The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies (Rocky Mountain Books)
  • Kevin van Tighem, Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River (Rocky Mountain Books)

Guide Books ($2‚000 prize)

  • Andy Kirkpatrick, 1001 Climbing Tips (Vertebrate Publishing)
  • Jonas Paulsson, A Comprehensive Guide to Bouldering in Lofoten (High & Low Publishing)
  • Richard Wheater, Vancouver Rock Climbing (Quickdraw Publications)

Mountaineering Article ($2‚000 prize)

  • Ed Douglas, Stealing Toni Egger (Rock and Ice Magazine August 2015)
  • Jeff Long‚ Searching for Superman, (Ascent May 2016)
  • Maya Prabhu, Notes from the Frontier (Alpinist May 2016)
  • David Roberts, The Black Heart of That Monster (Ascent May 2016)
  • Margo Talbot, Journey to the Centre (Canadian Rockies Annual May 2016)

Mountain Image ($2‚000 prize)

  • Samuel Bitton, MAJESTICS (Samuel Bitton Photography)
  • Dean Fidelman, Yosemite in the Fifties (Patagonia Books)
  • Claes Grundsten, LOFOTEN 9 (Nya Vyer)