Banff Mountain Book Contest Categories Announced, Climbing Book Lovers Take Note

The 2022 Banff Mountain Book Festival has released its list of finalists by category. Category winners will be announced at the festival in Banff the first week of November.

Fans of climbing books will find plenty of interest here, with Lauren De Launay Miller’s largely untold story of women’s climbing in Yosemite, Katie Ives’ highly literary tour of imaginary peaks and their role in the rock climbing, a beautiful book about Scottish mountaineer and lifesaving pioneer, Hamish MacInnes, Guides to Alberta Bouldering and Climbing in the Cascades and many other titles.

mountain literature

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

Imaginary summits: 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 of women at the heart of climbing in Yosemite
Lauren DeLaunay Miller, Mountaineers Books (USA, 2022)

Mountain Fiction & Poetry
$2,500 – Sponsored by the Town of Banff

Siddharth Pandey, a published event (Australia, 2021)

A path of shadows
John Porter, Little Peak Press (UK, 2022)

native air
Jonathan Howland, Green Writers Press (USA, 2022)

Environmental literature

Northern Light: power, earth and memory of water
Kazim Ali, Milkweed Editions (USA, 2022), Goose Lane Editions (Canada, 2022)

Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in the North American Woodlands
Lyndsie Bourgon, Greystone Books (Canada, 2022)

The environmentalist’s dilemma: promise and peril in the age of the climate crisis
Arno Kopecky, ECW Press (Canada, 2021)

adventure travel

A Year in the Woods: Twelve Little Nature Trips
Torbjørn Ekelund, Greystone Books (Canada, 2021)

Lost in Death Valley
Harley Rustad, Penguin Random House Canada (Canada, 2022)

The furthest shore
Alex Roddie, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2021)

Windswept: Walking the Paths of Pioneering Women
Annabel Abbs, Tin House (USA, 2021)

mountain picture

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

Forest for trees: tree planters
Rita Leistner, Dewi Lewis Publishing (UK, 2021)

Overexposure: One skier’s story
Chad Sayers, Rocky Mountain Books (Canada, 2021)

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

Round trip: photographs from the edge
Jimmy Chin, Ten Speed ​​Press (US, 2021)


Classic Waterfall Climbs: Select Washington State Routes
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 Manual
Luc Mehl, Mountaineers Books (USA, 2022)

Mountaineering items

In search of light
Leigh Ann Henion, Washington Post Magazine (US, September 2021)

lost souls
Michael Wejchert, Outside Inc. (USA, September 2022)

The girl from the ravine
Astra Lincoln, Climbing Magazine (USA, September 2022)

The hardest climb
Eva Holland, Maclean’s Magazine (Canada, May 2022)

climbing literature

Books whose main goal is to climb in the above categories are eligible for this award. The winner will be announced in mid-October.

Grand Prize, The Phyllis and Don Munday Prize

Awarded to the best title chosen from the winners in the above categories.