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2019 Banff Mountain Book Competition Long List Announced

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is pleased to announce the long list of category finalists for Banff Mountain Book Competition.

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Chosen from the best in mountain literature (non-fiction), mountain fiction and poetry, mountain environment and natural history, adventure travel, mountain image, guidebooks, mountaineering articles, and climbing literature. The prescreening committee read 132 book submissions from authors in nine countries, which were narrowed down to a long list of 29 category finalists (across 8 categories). A shortlist of award winners contending for the Grand Prize will be announced in mid October.

“Once again we were overwhelmed at the quality of entries this year in our competition. Mountain literature is alive and well and I’m pleased to say that our long list of finalists represents many new and emerging voices in the genre.” 

—– Joanna Croston, Festival Director, Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

Category finalists are listed alphabetically by title in each award category

Mountain Literature (non-fiction) – The Jon Whyte Award

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

Hangdog Days

Jeff Smoot, Mountaineers Books (USA, 2019)

Inner Ranges

Geoff Powter, Rocky Mountain Books (Canada, 2018)

No Easy Way

Mick Fowler, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2018)

Paul Preuss: Lord of the Abyss

David Smart, Rocky Mountain Books (Canada, 2019


Sharon Wood, Douglas & McIntyre (Canada, 2019)


Helen Mort, Claire Carter, Heather Dawe, Camilla Barnard, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2018)

Mountain Fiction & Poetry

$2000 – Sponsored by the Town of Banff

Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard

Jenna Butler, University of Alberta Press (Canada, 2018)

Rock as Gloss

Mark Goodwin, Longbarrow Press (UK, 2019)

The Equilibrium Line

David Wilson, The Poetry Business (UK, 2019)

Mountain Environment and Natural History

$2000 – Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Soap Company

Caribou Rainforest

David Moskowitz, Mountaineers Books (USA, 2018)

Down from the Mountain

Bryce Andrews, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (USA, 2019)

Kings of the Yukon

David Weymouth, Penguin Random House – Knopf Canada (Canada, 2018)

Adventure Travel

$2000 – Sponsored by Fjällräven


Barry Lopez, Random House Canada (Canada, 2019)

Lines on a Map

Frank Wolf, Rocky Mountain Books (Canada, 2018)

Rough Magic

Lara Prior-Palmer, Catapult (USA, 2019)

The Animal One Thousand Miles Long

Leath Tonino, Trinity University Press (USA, 2018)

The Sun is a Compass

Caroline Van Hemert, Little, Brown Spark (USA, 2019)

Mountain Image

$2000 – Sponsored by Lake O’Hara Lodge

Alpenglow: The Finest Climbs on the 4000m Peaks of the Alps

Ben Tibbetts (UK, 2019)

Scenic Playground: The Story Behind New Zealand’s Mountain Tourism

Peter Alsop, Te Papa Press (NZ, 2018)

The Grand Canyon: Beyond River and Rim

Pete McBride, Rizzoli International Publications (USA, 2018)

The Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive: Adventure with the World’s Oldest Off-Road Cycling Club

Mark Hudson, Isola Press (UK, 2019)


$2000 – Sponsored by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides

Aoraki – Tai Poutini

Robert Frost, New Zealand Alpine Club (NZ, 2018)

Lake District Bouldering

Greg Chapman, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2019)

Safer Ski Touring in Norway

Espen Nordahl and Erlend Sande, Fri Flyt (Norway, 2018)

Training for the Uphill Athlete

Steve House, Scott Johnston and Kilian Jornet, Patagonia Books (USA, 2019)

Mountaineering Article

$2000 – Sponsored by the University of Alberta and the Alpine Club of Canada

Finding Protection in Bears Ears

Josh Ewing, The Climbing Zine (USA, July 2019)

Magic Line

Lonnie Kauk, Alpinist Magazine (USA, May 2019)

The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc

Matt Skenazy, Outside Magazine (USA, June 2018)

Thirteen Feet Under

Jayme Moye, Alpinist Magazine (USA, June 2019)

Climbing Literature

$2000 – Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Books

All titles that are longlisted in the categories above that have a theme of climbing are eligible for this award.

Grand Prize – the Phyllis and Don Munday Award

$4000 – Sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada

The shortlist of category award winners eligible for the Grand Prize will be announced in mid-October.

The Grand Prize will be announced Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival where category awards will also be presented to winning authors.

Authors in attendance for this year’s Festival include Craig Childs (Atlas of a Lost World), Frank Wolf (Lines on a Map), Mark Twight (Refuge), Jeff Smoot (Hangdog Days), Kate Rawles (The Life Cycle), Sharon Wood (Rising), Corey Rich (Stories Behind the Images), Mark Synnott (The Impossible Climb), Caroline Van Hemert (The Sun is a Compass), as well as Book Competition finalists Jenna Butler (Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard), Geoff Powter (Inner Ranges), and David Smart (Paul Preuss: Lord of the Abyss).

For more information on the 2019 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival and to view the schedule, please visit

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