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Banff’s Mountain Book Competition 2022 Shortlist

The awards will be announced on Nov. 3 at the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

The Banff Centre’s Mountain Film and Book Festival will be taking place in Banff at the end of October. There will be dozens of films, speakers and an annual book award.

Climbing book enthusiasts will find a lot of interest here, with Lauren De Launay Miller’s largely previously untold history of women’s climbing in Yosemite, Katie Ives’s very literary tour of imaginary peaks and their role in climbing, a beautiful book on Scottish climber and rescue pioneer, Hamish MacInnes, guidebooks to Alberta Bouldering and climbing in the Cascades and many other titles.

Over $20,000 in cash is awarded annually with 8 awards selected by an international jury of writers, adventurers and editors. The short list of category award winners eligible for the Grand Prize is announced in October every year. In 2022, the Grand Prize will be announced on Thursday, November 3 at the Festival and category awards will be presented to winning authors.

Of the many categories, the following three are the most focused on climbing. To find out what role the award plays in mountain literature, read Jon Popowich’s story here.

Mountain Literature
$2500 – Sponsored by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Edward Feuz Jr.: A Story of Enchantment
D. L. Stephen, Rocky Mountain Books (Canada, 2021)

Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams
Katie Ives, Mountaineers Books (USA, 2021)

The Mountain Path
Paul Pritchard, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2021)

The Fox of Glencoe
Hamish MacInnes, Scottish Mountaineering Press (UK, 2021)

Valley of Giants: Stories from Women at the Heart of Yosemite Climbing
Lauren DeLaunay Miller, Mountaineers Books (USA, 2022)

Mountain Image
$2500 – Sponsored by Mountain Life

Thomas Crauwels, Thomas Crauwels Fine Alpine Photography (Switzerland, 2021)

Forest for the Trees: The Tree Planters
Rita Leistner, Dewi Lewis Publishing (UK, 2021)

Overexposure: A Story about a Skier
Chad Sayers, Rocky Mountain Books (Canada, 2021)

Javier Corso and Alex Rodal, Oak Stories (Spain, 2021)

There and Back: Photographs from the Edge
Jimmy Chin, Ten Speed Press (USA, 2021)

$2500 – Sponsored by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides

Classic Cascade Climbs: Select Routes in Washington State 
Jim Nelson, Tom Sjolseth and David Whitelaw, Mountaineers Books (USA, 2021)

Peak Bagging Wainwrights 
Karen Parker, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2021)

The Alberta Bouldering Guide 
Ian Holms, Analog Art House (Canada, 2022)

The Packraft Handbook 
Luc Mehl, Mountaineers Books (USA, 2022)


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