Rock and ice contributor Jeff Long won the Banff Mountain Film and Book Award for Best Mountaineering Article 2016. His feature film,
Finding Superman, was published in IR‘s Ascent 2016. Long’s article is now in contention for the Banff Grand Prix, which
the competition will be announced on November 3.
Long’s article, In search of Superman, describes German mountaineer Fritz Stammberger and his own search for Stammberger’s corpse on
the slopes of Tirich Mir in Pakistan, where Stammberger disappeared in 1975.
The other mountaineering article finalists this year were The black heart of this monster, by David Roberts, also published in Ascent
2016; Journey to the center, by Margo Talbot, published in Canadian Rockies Annual (CAN, May 2016); Border Notes, by Maya
Prabhu, published in Alpinist (United States, May 2016); and Steal Toni Egger, by Ed Douglas, published in Rock and Ice Magazine (United States, August 2015).
A three-person jury, made up this year by Canadian author and critic Harry Vandervlist, American ski mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill and Anglo-Australian
mountaineer Paul Pritchard selected category winners from 27 finalists from 147 submissions (for all categories). Find the full list of category finalists here.
“The book jury struggled to narrow down the long list, given the high caliber of entries in each category this year,” Joanna Croston, Programming
director of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, said in a press release. “We are delighted that the finalists of the 2016 Book Competition
The Grand Prix continues to represent the best of mountain literature from around the world.
Here is the list of category winners:
Category Award Winners
$ 2,000 – Sponsored by Banff Gondola
Ice Books: An Antarctic Memory, by Jean McNeil, ECW Press (CAN, 2016).
Mountain fiction and poetry
$ 2,000 – Sponsored by Fjällräven
Martin Marten: a novel, by Brian Doyle, Thomas Dunne Books & St. Martin’s Press (United States, 2015).
Mountain and Nature Literature – Non-fiction
$ 2,000 – Sponsored by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
The link,, Simon McCartney, Vertebrate Publishing (United Kingdom, 2016) /
$ 2000 – Sponsored by Lake O’Hara Lodge
Yosemite in the 1950s, by Dean Fidelman, Patagonia Books (United States, 2015).
$ 2,000 – Sponsored by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
1001 climbing tips, by Andy Kirkpatrick, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2016).
$ 2,000 – Sponsored by the Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative, the University of Alberta and the Alpine Club of Canada
Finding Superman, by Jeff Long, Ascent (US, May 2016).
History of mountaineering
$ 2000 – Sponsored by Sherpa Adventure Gear
Queen of rock, by Catherine Destivelle, Hayloft Publishing Ltd. (United Kingdom, 2015).
Special mentions of the jury:
Across the Arctic Ocean: original photographs from the last great polar voyage, by Sir Wally Herbert & Huw Lewis-Jones, Thames & Hudson
(United States, 2015).
Bold and Cold: A Tale of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, by Brandon Pullan, Rocky Mountain Books Ltd. (CAN, 2016)
About the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: Established 41 years ago, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has become
the first event of its kind in the world. The nine-day festival hosted by the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada features the
best films, books and photographs on mountain topics: climbing, culture, environment and natural history, exploration and adventure, wildlife,
and sport, and attracts the biggest names in mountaineering, adventure cinema and extreme sports as presenters and speakers. An international
The jury will also award more than $ 50,000 in prizes for films and books submitted to this year’s Festival competitions.
For more information on the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2016, please visit www.banffmountainfestival.ca.