Despite the torrential rain and floods in Cumbria, Kendal Mountain Festival 2009 was a big success. UKClimbing will have a report later this week but first the winners of the two competitions, books and films.
Boardman Tasker winner Steve House being interviewed by UKC editor Jack Geldard at Kendal 2009
© Alan James, Nov 2009
BOARDMAN-TASKER PRIZE FOR MOUNTAIN LITERATURE
The winner of the Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature was announced by chief judge, Phil Bartlett on Friday 20th November and was won by Steve House for Beyond The Mountain.
"There is one book in particular here which we all felt as soon as we finished it, we would want to read again. Not because it was hard to read, but because of the depth. It is a book we feel privileged to have read, and proud to have been asked to judge. And those seem to us good reasons to declare it the winner.
We think it is an exceptional book.
Entirely worthy to stand alongside Pete and Joe's.
It is therefore with the greatest of pleasure that I announce that the winner of the Boardman Tasker prize for mountain literature 2009 is Beyond the Mountain by Steve House."
KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL FILM AWARDS
This year the judges, Leo Dickinson, Jim Curran, Zoe Hart, and John Innerdale had to watch over 60 films in the four days prior to the Festival.
The GRAND PRIZE presented by Berghaus was won by First Ascent – Alone On The Wall by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen. The subject is the phenomenal American climber Alex Honnold soloing Zion's Moonlight Buttress (V 5.12d; 1,200 feet) and Half Dome's Regular Northwest Face in Yosemite. The NW Face is 23 pitches long, and is graded 5.12a (approx E5).
Alone On The Wall also won the BEST CLIMBING FILM presented by Climber Magazine.
John Innerdale announces The GRAND PRIZE (also featuring Sir Chris Bonington and Lord Andy Kirkpatrick)
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD presented by Patagonia
Part of the Asgard Project Team: Jason Pickles, Ian Burton, Alastair Lee and Carlos Suarez
UKC News, Nov 2009
© Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com
BEST MOUNTAINEERING FILM presented by Marmot
BEST MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE FILM presented by Cumbria Tourism – Adventure Capital
BEST MOUNTAIN CULTURE FILM presented by Bowmore Whisky
BEST MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT FILM presented by Lake District National Park
BEST SHORT FILM
ADVENTURE FILM ACADEMY WINNER presented by Northwest Vision & Media