British Alpinist's Remarkable Book Wins Banff Award

11/7/14 – The grand prize at the annual Banff Mountain Book Festival has gone to John Porter’s One Day as a Tiger: Alex Macintyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism.


Porter’s book weaves the stories of his own adventures with those of his climbing partner and protégé, at a time when a small group of British alpinists was tackling some of the boldest climbs in the world, concluding with Macintyre’s death from rockfall on Annapurna’s south face. “That Porter waited three decades to tell the story of his lost comrade no doubt accounts for much of the wisdom and power of this remarkable book,” wrote David Roberts, a member of the prize jury. Porter’s book also won the Mountaineering History award at Banff.

Other winners of the Banff book awards:

The Homeward Wolf, by Kevin Van Tighem (Mountain and Wilderness Literature, Non-Fiction)

The Last Train to Zona Verde, by Paul Theroux (Adventure Travel)

• Vulkane, by Carsten Peter (Mountain Image)

• Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel, by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, and Mauro Mazzo (Mountain Guidebook)

• Letters from Chamonix, by David Stevenson (Mountain Fiction and Poetry)

The Oil Man and the Sea, by Arno Kopecky (Special Jury Mention)

See Climbing’s upcoming December issue for a feature article presenting our recommendations for must-read, must-see books, films, and other climbing media.

Date of event: November 6, 2014