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Award Winners of the Banff Mountain Book Festival
Mountain Exposition 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:

bulletAdventure Travel
bulletCanadian Rockies
bulletMountain Exposition
bullet Mountain History
bulletMountain Image
bulletMountain Literature


The Mountain Exposition Award Winners

The Mountain Exposition category includes guidebooks and “how-to” books dealing with a physical activity in a mountain area. There are two lists of books on this page. The first list includes all of the winners in the Mountain Exposition category since the award was first made in 1995. The second list includes all of the finalists. Please note that a number of these books are still unavailable in the US (at least through and that these are shown in red.

  Year   Mountain Exposition Winning Titles and Author

Burbage, Millstone And Beyond
David Simmonite, editor; Niall Grimes, series editor

Comments from the jury include:

bulletAn accessible but detailed mix of history, first-ascent lore, lists of bouldering problems, maps, and photography. Jury member Audrey Salkeld says the book “seems to have learned all the lessons of what constitutes a good and easily accessible guide.”

Longs Peak: The Story of Colorado’s Favourite Fourteener
Dougald MacDonald

Comments from the jury include:

bullet“A neat and comprehensive introduction to stuff in your backpack. Modest, accessible, it does its job attractively.”
bullet“This is as much a love letter as a history of Longs Peak.”
2004 Ice & Mixed Climbing: Modern Technique
Will Gadd and Roger Chayer

A blend of step-by-step instruction and real-life stories, the book is described by jury members as “utterly bang up-to-date, as Gadd’s still at the top of his game”.

2003 The Bugaboos
Chris Atkinson and Marc Piché

The book is written by Canadian mountain guides Chris Atkinson and Marc Piché. It is a climbers’ guide to the Bugaboos and Vowells, one of the world’s great alpine rock climbing centres. "The job of a climbing guidebook is to inform, invite, and inspire," says jury member Greg Child. "This entry does all of that, in compact form and with clear presentation. Pure and simple, it just makes you want to get off the couch and stuff your fists in a granite crack."

2002 Selkirks South
David P. Jones

"This is a book that will change how we measure our mountains in Canada, and that’s a remarkable achievement," says Geoff Powter, a 2002 jury member.
2001 Fifty Favorite Climbs: The Ultimate North American Tick List
Mark Kroese

Maria Coffey, a 2001 jury member, comments, "I like the way we get to know each climber, and learn about their chosen climb through both their personal experience of it and the comprehensive route description."
2000 A Hiker's Guide To The Rocky Mountain Art Of Lawren Harris
Lisa Christenson
1999 Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, and High
Mark Twight and James Martin

A master class on extreme alpine climbing by one of the world's most elite mountaineers. Focusing on how top alpine climbers approach the world's most difficult routes, Twight centres his instruction on the ethos of climbing the hardest routes with the least amount of gear and the most speed. "You can either read Twight's book or beat yourself up in the mountains learning the same lessons," says jury member Will Gadd.
1998 Going Higher: Oxygen, Man and Mountains
Charles Houston

Jury member Bob
Sandford says the jury faced a particularly difficult problem choosing between Going Higher and High Altitude Medicine by Dr. Herb Hultgren. "These were two great books on high altitude physiology written by two famous researchers being entered in the same year in the same category," he says. "They are written by renowned world experts, both with decades of experience, both good writers, both citing many of the same sources and both citing each other's work in books that define the limits about what we know about high altitude physiology today".
1997 Advanced Rock Climbing
John Long and Graig Leubben
1996 Dawson's Guide To Colorado's Fourteeners: Northern Peaks and Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners: Southern Peaks
Louis Dawson
1995 Handbook Of The Canadian Rockies
Ben Gadd
1994 Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies
Graeme Pole



The following table includes a list of the finalists for the Banff Awards in the Mountain Exposition category since the award was first established.

  Year   Mountain Exposition Finalists
bulletBhutan: A Trekker's Guide by Bart Jordans
bulletColorado Ice: Vol.1, 2nd Edition by Jack Roberts
bulletThailand: A Climbing Guide by Sam Lightner
bulletAlpine Climbing: Techniques to Take You Higher by Mark Houston and Kathy Cosley
bulletClassic Hikes of the World by Peter Potterfield
bulletThe Climbers Guide to Squamish by Kevin McLane
bulletLongs Peak: The Story of Colorado’s Favourite Fourteener by Dougald MacDonald
bulletIce & Mixed Climbing: Modern Technique by Will Gadd and Roger Chayer
bulletIndian Creek: A Climbing Guide by David Bloom
bulletLA Climbs: Alternative Uses for Architecture by Alex Hartley
bulletRock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills by Craig Luebben
bulletWinter Dance: Select Ice Climbs in Southern Montana and Northern Wyoming by Joe Josephson
bullet The Bugaboos; Chris Atkinson and Marc Piché
bulletClassic Climb of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru; Brad Johnson
bulletThe Lake O'Hara Art of J.E.H. MacDonald and Hiker's Guide; Lisa Christensen Available at Amazon UK
bulletThe Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbing; Arno Ilgner
bullet Selkirks South; David P. Jones
bulletStaying Alive in Avalanche Terrain; Bruce Tremper
bulletTrekking and Climbing in Nepal (Trekking & Climbing Guides); Steve Razzetti
bulletTrekking and Climbing in the Andes (Trekking and Climbing Guides); Val Pitkethly, Kate Harper
bulletWaterfall Ice Climbs in the Canadian Rockies; Joe Josephson

Fifty Favorite Climbs: The Ultimate North American Tick List; Mark Kroese

bullet The Illustrated Guide to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue; Andy Tyson and Mike Clelland
bullet Outside Adventure Travel: Sea Kayaking; Jonathan Hanson
bullet Trekking and Climbing in the Indian Himalaya; Harish Kapadia
bullet The Complete Climber's Handbook; Jerry Cinnamon
bullet Guide To Climbing Photography; Jeff Achey
bullet A Hiker's Guide To The Rocky Mountain Art Of Lawren Harris; Lisa Christenson
bullet Advanced Backpacking; A Trailside Guide; Karen Berger
bullet Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, and High; Mark Twight and James Martin
bullet Going Higher: Oxygen, Man and Mountains; Charles Houston
bullet Advanced Rock Climbing; John Long and Graig Leubben
bullet Backpacker's Handbook, 2nd Edition; Chris Townsend
bullet Canadian Rockies Superguide; Graeme Pole
bulletGhost Rock; Joe Josephson, Chris Perry and Andy Genereux
bullet Hiking Oregon's Geology; Ellen Bishop and John Allen
bullet Mountaineering: Freedom Of The Hills, 6th Edition; Don Graydon and Kurt Hanson
bullet Walking in Norway; Connie Roos
bullet Wild Snow: 54 Classic Ski And Snowboard Descents Of North America; Lou Dawson
bullet Dawson's Guide To Colorado's Fourteeners: Northern Peaks and Dawson's Guide to Colarado's Fourteeners: Southern Peaks; Louis Dawson
bullet Grand Tour of Monte Rosa; C.J. Wright
bullet Hiker's Guide To Art Of The Canadian Rockies; Lisa Christenson
bulletLakeland Panoramas; Jim Watson
bullet Parkways Of The Canadian Rockies; Brian Patton
bullet Walks And Easy Hikes In The Canadian Rockies; Graeme Pole
bullet Handbook Of The Canadian Rockies; Ben Gadd


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
bullet Boardman-Tasker Memorial Award for Mountain Literature
bullet National 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.
bulletHistory Books that relate to our family history or that we have enjoyed.
bulletOther Books that we are waiting to categorize.


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