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Award Winners of the Banff Mountain Book Festival
Mountain Image Category

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Since 1994, the Banff Mountain Book Festival has brought together writers, publishers, editors, photographers and readers. The festival explores the world of mountain literature through speakers, readings, seminars, book signings and launches, a book fair and the presentation of internationally recognized awards for mountain literature. In addition to the Grand Prize Winners selected from all of the books, awards are also presented to the best books in each of the categories of:

bullet Adventure Travel
bullet Canadian Rockies
bullet Mountain Exposition
bullet Mountain History
bullet Mountain Image
bullet Mountain Literature


The Mountain History Award Winners

The Mountain History category includes books with a primary focus on the history of mountain climbing, exploration, or expeditions including biographies and so on. This is a new award category in 2005.

  Year   Mountain History Winning Titles and Author

Mount Everest: The Reconnaissance 1935 — The Forgotten Adventure
Tony Astill

Comments from the jury include:

bulletA complex account of the fifth recorded attempt to summit Everest, the book follows alpinists Eric Shipton, Dan Bryant, and Tensing Norgay as they explore 26 Himalayan peaks, map the Everest North Face, and discover the body of previous summit attempter Maurice Wilson. “Astill is to be commended for giving us such a luxurious and nostalgic work,” Salkeld says.

The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans
Jim Perrin

Comments from the jury include:

bullet“Whillans as history — pow! An invaluable work of reference.”
bullet“This is one of the most meticulously researched and written biographies that I have seen in the mountain literature, or that of any other field. It is, in short, a tour de force.”



If you like this list and want to see other award winning books on mountaineering and the outdoors, check out the winners of these three awards:
bullet American Alpine Literary Award
bulletBoardman-Tasker Memorial Award for Mountain Literature
bulletNational Outdoor Book Awards


Return to TheRagens Books homepage. For other books on our lists of recommended books, follow the links below.
bulletOur Current Book List. The list of books on our current reading list.
bulletMountain Climbing and Outdoor Adventures with the cover graphics.
bullet Books on Wine Appreciation and Winemaking.
bulletChildren's Books that our boys or their cousins are reading. Click here for the Seattle Children's Theatre recommended booklist.
bullet History Books that relate to our family history or that we have enjoyed.
bulletOther Books that we are waiting to categorize.


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