The 2017 Banff Mountain Book Festival has announced the long-list for this year’s award. The grand prize in 2016 went to Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir by Jean McNeil.

The five finalists for the mountain literature category, officially called the Jon Whyte Award, include Canadian’s Bernadette McDonald’s Art of Freedom: The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtyka. Published by Rocky Mountain Books.

Regular Rockies resident Steve Swenson’s Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict also made the list. Read a review of the great book here. Published by Mountaineers Books.

Tommy Caldwell’s highly acclaimed The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits also made the list.

The other two books on the long-list are My Old Man and the Mountain: A Memoir by Leif Whittaker and On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor.

Gripped editor Brandon Pullan’s The Bold and Cold received a Jury’s Award in 2016. Gripped editorial director David Chaundy-Smart’s A Youth Wasted Climbing was long-listed in 2015.


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