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Two out of two for Vertebrate in the 2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition

Monday, 17th October 2016

The Bond and 1001 Climbing Tips win awards at Banff Mountain Book Festival

Vertebrate Publishing titles have scooped two major awards from two nominations in the 2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition.

Simon McCartney’s mountaineering narrative The Bond was announced as the winner in the Mountain and Wilderness Literature Non-Fiction category, and Andy Kirkpatrick’s 1001 Climbing Tips has won the Guidebook prize. There are now seven category winners eligible for the C$4,000 grand prize, which will be announced on Thursday 3 November at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

Following the announcement of the winners, Vertebrate’s owner and managing director Jon Barton commented: ‘Tremendous news for both Simon and Andy, and the culmination of many years of work for both authors and our team in Sheffield. When the first manuscript for The Bond came in we knew it was something special, and to see it recognised like this by a jury of our peers is a great feeling.’

Joanna Croston, programming director at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival commented: 'The book jury had a tough job whittling the long list down, given the high caliber of entries in every category this year. We are thrilled that the finalists for the 2016 book competition’s grand prize continue to represent the very best in mountain literature from around the world.'

With a prize fund of C$16,000, the Banff awards represent the biggest prizes in publishing in the outdoor, adventure and environment genres. Other category award winners include Yosemite in the Fifties, by Dean Fidelman, in the Mountain Image category, and Rock Queen, by Catherine Destivelle, in the Mountaineering History category.

Vertebrate titles have won the Banff grand prize on two prior occasions: in 2009, with Revelations by Jerry Moffatt and Niall Grimes, and in 2014, with One Day as a Tiger by John Porter.

The Bond is also shortlisted for the prestigious Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, the winner of which will be announced at the Kendal Mountain Festival on Friday 18 November.

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