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Canadian Books on Boardman Tasker Award Shortlist

Among the six shortlisted books are authors David Smart and Geoff Powter

The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature had 32 entries in 2019, from Great Britain, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and the USA. The Award will be made at the Boardman Tasker event at the Kendal Mountain Festival, on Nov. 15. For more information on the award visit here.

The judges for 2019 are Roger Hubank (Chair), Katie Ives and Tony Shaw. They selected six books for this year’s shortlist, Paul Preuss by Gripped editorial director David Smart and Inner Ranges by journalist and writer Geoff Powter. Both were published by Rocky Mountain Books. And Land of Lost Borders by Canadian Kate Harris

Smart’s book is an account of the life and death of the influential Austrian climber Paul Preuss, who soloed many first ascents in the Eastern Alps scorning artificial aids in preference for an ethically pure Alpine style. And Powter’s book is a wide-ranging anthology. The other books are No Easy Way by Mick Fowler, Hangdog Days by Jeff Smoot and The Equilibrium Line by David Wilson.