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Finalists Announced for 2002 Banff Mountain Book Festival

From the frozen wastes of the high Arctic to the war-torn valleys of the Karakoram mountains, the finalists in this year’s Banff Mountain Book Festival provide a window on the world’s most remote places and peoples. A pre-screening committee has selected 39 finalists from 128 entries entered in the 9th annual competition.

"The range of experiences represented in this year’s finalists is truly astounding," says Bernadette McDonald, vice-president, Mountain Culture, The Banff Centre. "These books allow readers to explore mountain cultures and to experience the extraordinary physical and mental challenges posed by these remote landscapes."

The Banff Mountain Book Festival, presented by Canadian Mountain Holidays, runs
October 30 – November 1 in conjunction with 2002 Banff Mountain Summit (October 27—29) and the 27th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival (November 1 – November 3).

A number of finalist authors will be featured at the 2002 festivals, including Maria Coffey, Roger Hubank, Wade Davis, Jerry Kobalenko, Tim Cahill, Karsten Heuer, Kathryn Bridge, Greg Child, Eric Simonson, Lynn Hill and Linda Wylie.

Winners of the following awards will be announced at the book festival during the evening presentation on Thursday, October 31:

  • Grand Prize: Phyllis and Don Munday Award
  • Jon Whyte Award for Mountain Literature
  • Best Book — Mountain Exposition
  • Best Book — Mountain Image

  • Best Book — Adventure Travel

The finalists in each category are:

Mountain Literature Finalists

Above the Clouds : The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer by Anatoli Boukreev, Linda Wylie (Editor), Galen Rowell 

The Backbone of the World: A Portrait of the Vanishing West along the Continental Divide, Frank Clifford, Broadway Books (USA, 2002) 0-7679-0701-9

The Beckoning Silence, Joe Simpson, Random House Group Limited (UK, 2002) 0224061801

The Big Walls: From the North Face of the Eiger to the South Face of Dhaulagiri, Reinhold Messner, The Mountaineers Books (USA, 2001) 0-89886-844-0

Climb! The History of Rock Climbing in Colorado, Jeff Achey, The Mountaineers Books

Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World, Lynn Hill with Greg Child, W.W. Norton & Company

Detectives on Everest: The 2001 Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition, Eric Simonson and Jochen Hemmleb, The Mountaineers Books

The Dishonorable Dr. Cook: Debunking the Notorious Mount McKinley Hoax, Bradford Washburn, Peter Cherici, The Mountaineers Books

High Sierra of California, Gary Snyder, Tom Killion, Heyday Books

Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa, Audrey Salkeld

Over the Edge: The True Story of Four American Climbers' Kidnap and Escape in the Mountains of Central Asia, Greg Child

Phyllis Munday: Mountaineer, Kathryn Bridge, XYZ Publishing

Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, & Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades, John Suiter, Counterpoint

Tenzing Norgay and the Sherpas of Everest by Tashi Tenzing

Tigers of the Snow, Jonathan Neale, Saint Martin's Press 

W.H. Murray: The Evidence of Things Not Seen, W.H. Murray,

Walking the Big Wild, Karsten Heuer, McClelland & Stewart

Mountain Exposition Finalists

Selkirks South, David P. Jones, Elaho Press (Canada, 2001)

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper, The Mountaineers Books

Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, Steve Razzetti

Trekking and Climbing in the Andes, Val Pitkethly, Kate Harper

Waterfall Ice Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, Joe Josephson, Rocky Mountain Books (Canada, 2002) 0-921102-68-2

Mountain Image Finalists

Andes, Pablo Corral Vega, National Geographic (USA, 2001) 0-7922-6430-4

Bruno Engler Photography, Susan Engler Potts, Vera Matsarova Engler, Rocky Mountain Books (Canada, 2001) 0-921102-85-2

A Nepalese Journey, Andrew Stevenson, Constable & Robinson Ltd (USA, 2002) 1841193348

Texas Mountains, Laurence Parent, Joe Nick Patoski, University of Texas Press (USA, 2001) 0-292-76592-4

Adventure Travel Finalists

Beyond the Last Village: A Journey of Discovery in Asia's Forbidden Wilderness, Alan Rabinowitz

Defying Gravity Defying Fear, Heather Swan

Dragon Hunter, Charles Gallenkamp

Fatal Passage: The Untold Story of John Rae, the Arctic Adventurer Who Discovered the Fate of Franklin, Ken McGoogan, HarperCollins Canada Ltd.

Flying South: A Pilot's Inner Journey, Barbara Cushman Rowell

The Hard Way, Mark Jenkins, Simon & Schuster

High & Wild: Essays and Photographs on Wilderness Adventure, Galen Rowell

Hold the Enlightenment: More Travel, Less Bliss, Tim Cahill

The Horizontal Everest: Extreme Journeys on Ellesmere Island, Jerry Kobalenko, Penguin Books, Canada/Soho Press Inc., USA

Light at the Edge of the World, Wade Davis, Douglas & McIntyre

North, Roger Hubank, The Ernest Press

Tom Crean: Unsung Hero of the Scott and Shackleton Antarctic Expeditions, Michael Smith, The Mountaineers Books

Visions of the Wild: A Voyage by Kayak around Vancouver Island, Maria Coffey, Dag Goering

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