2017 Banff Mountain Book Competition Award Winners


The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival “celebrates mountain literature and film, bringing together filmmakers, writers, publishers, editors, photographers, athletes, adventurers, and – of course – readers.” The 2017 event took place at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival took place over 9 days from October 28 to November 5, 2017. During the course of the event, “Over $16,000 in cash is awarded annually with 8 awards selected by an international jury of writers, adventurers and editors” including Mayan Smith-Gobat, David Stevenson, and Ian Welsted.

The Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Banff Mountain Book Competition is The Climbers by Jim Herrington from Mountaineers Books!

2017 Banff Mountain Book Competition Category Award Winners:

Adventure Travel

  • $2000 – Sponsored by Fjällräven
  • The Names Of The Stars – Pete Fromm
  • St. Martin’s Press (USA, 2016)

Mountain Fiction & Poetry

  • $2000 – Sponsored by Deuter
  • Rising Abruptly: Stories – Gisele Villeneuve
  • University of Alberta Press (CAN, 2016)

Mountain Literature (Non Fiction) The Jon Whyte Award

  • $2000 – Sponsored by The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
  • Art of Freedom: The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtyka – Bernadette McDonald
  • Rocky Mountain Books (CAN, 2017)

Mountain Environment and Natural History

  • $2000 – Sponsored by Backroad Mapbooks
  • Tracking Gobi Grizzlies – Douglas Chadwick
  • Patagonia Books (USA, 2016)

Mountain Image

  • $2000 – Sponsored by Lake O’Hara Lodge
  • Racconto D’Inverno – Eine Wintererzählung
  • Albert Ceolan (ITA, 2016)


  • $2000 – Sponsored by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
  • Chasing the Ephemeral: 50 Routes for a Successful Scottish Winter – Simon Richardson
  • Mica Publishing (UK, 2016)

Mountaineering Article

  • $2000 – Sponsored by the University of Alberta and the Alpine Club of Canada
  • Threshold Shift – Nick Bullock
  • Alpinist Magazine (USA, February 2017)

Mountaineering History

  • $2000 – Sponsored by Sherpa Adventure Gear
  • The Climbers – Jim Herrington
  • Mountaineers Books (USA, 2017)

Special Mention

  • The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits – Tommy Caldwell
  • Viking Books (USA, 2017)

Need a good book to read? Pick up one of the winners of the 2017 Banff Book Festival. If you order the through the above Amazon.com links, you’ll help to support A Mountain Journey. Thanks!

Learn more about the Banff Mountain Book And Film Festival In The 2017 Trailer:

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