Mike Robertson’s superb Deep Water book has won the Mountain Exposition prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival. The prize winners were announced on Friday 1 November and I got the text message from Mike at around 3am to tell me the good news. Mike had flown out the same day and landed only 3 hours before the evening prize giving started at an airport 70 miles away! But he made it in time.
The full list of prize winners is up on the Banff MBF web site. Another winner was Stephen Venables with his book Higher Than the Eagle Soars so, all in all, it was a great showing for the Brits, especially after the BMC’s success last year with their Burbage, Millstone and Beyond book. The BMC also entered their Stanage guide this year and this was chosen as one of the seven finalists in the Mountain Exposition category.
I heard about Deep Water’s position in the final with just 30 hours to spare before the ceremony, and got the next flight out, finally arriving in Banff with an hour left… Banff is a beautiful town, and the Festival itself is an incredible event; it’s a real high to win the Mountain Exposition category. Of course it’s a team win; without Mark and Alan at Rockfax, this just wouldn’t have been possible – as big thanks to them for all their support.