FIVA - An Adventure That Went Wrong. Gordon Stainforth

Banff Mountain Festival


Gordon Stainforth's Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong won the coveted Jon Whyte Award for the Best Book of Mountain and Wilderness Literature at the Banff Mountain Festival in Canada against tough opposition in a particularly strong shortlist of five finalists.

Gordon receives Banff Award

The judges' citation described "the breathless teenage voice" of the narrator as "an unrelenting force, sweeping the reader ever higher … as events spiral out of control…. An evocative period piece, Fiva is human, innocent, and unflinchingly believable. This little, unassuming book stands among the classic tales of climbing 'epics.'"

The judges were:

Bruce Kirkby (Canada) - Traveler, adventurer, author of two bestselling books, and well-known outdoor columnist for Canadian Geographic, Explore Magazine and other journals.

Barbara Brownell (USA) - Former Editor-in-Chief for National Geographic Books and currently president of Rivanna Publishing Ventures.

Jim Perrin (UK) - prolific author of fourteen books, twice winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize, and twice winner of Banff Mountain Book Festival Awards. Fellow of the Welsh Academy and Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.

Gordon and his twin brother John (who played a major part in the Fiva, epic in 1969) attended the Banff Mountain Festival for four days, and were given a wonderful time by their Canadian hosts.

Banff Awards Ceremony

Judges' full citation

The 2012 finalists for the Banff Mountain Book Competition

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Boardman Tasker Prize

Sept 4 - Fiva shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize

On September 4, 'Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong' was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.

The other books in the short list (regarded as particularly strong this year - has called it 'a shortlist worthy of the 30th Anniversary') are by Jim Curran, Wade Davis, Andy Kirkpatrick, Richard Sale and Simon Yates. Further details

The prize will be announced at the Kendal Mountain Festival on Friday Nov 16.