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Geoff Powter

Geoff Powter has been a life-long climber and adventurer, with 13 Himalayan expeditions and many first ascents around his home base in the Canadian Rockies on his resume, and has been a mountain writer and thinker for nearly as long. He was the Founding Editor of Polar Circus, was the Editor of The Canadian Alpine Journal for 13 years, and his magazine pieces for publications around the globe have earned him 14 National Magazine Awards, including both the Gold and Silver awards in the same year in the Sports journalism category for profiles of Lena Rowat and Sonnie Trotter.

Geoff is the author of Inner Ranges: An Anthology of Mountain Thoughts and Mountain People (published in 2018), and two previous books — Canadian Summits and Strange and Dangerous Dreams: The Fine Line Between Adventure and Madness. Strange and Dangerous Dreams won the Jury Prize at the 2006 Banff Mountain Book Festival.

Geoff has hosted of the Voices of Adventure interview series at the Banff Mountain Book Festival for the past 18 years, and he was the winner of the prestigious Summit of Excellence Award for lifetime contribution to Canada’s mountain culture in 2012.

Exploring The Inner Ranges: Finding the Words for a Mountain Life

This talk will combine readings from his new book with personal tales from Geoff’s life of adventure and an honest look at the challenges of telling mountain stories in the right way — particularly the shifts of perception that come with changing seasons of a mountain life.

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