Top 12 Free Events at the 2015 Banff Mountain Festival


Be free, mountain people! Here are Highline’s picks (hand-selected by Kristy Davison our editor-in-chief) for having a hoot at this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival AND being able to afford groceries this month.


Photo by Cory Richards.

Photo by Cory Richards.

October 30 – Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Kick-off Party

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival with a Kick-Off party in Banff Avenue Square featuring live music by the purchase minomycin information Bitterweed Draw, special Festival guests, and bonfires followed by an after party at Wild Bill’s Saloon in Banff.

October 31 + November 1 – Mountain Art and Craft Sale at the Eric Harvie Lobby

You will find original and wonderfully unique items handcrafted by regional mountain artists from Alberta and British Columbia. The local’s choice for early Christmas shopping! Preview this year’s community of craftspeople here.

A selection of works by Tiffany Teske, exhibiting at the Mountain Art and Craft Sale.

online Buy A selection of works by Tiffany Teske, exhibiting at the Mountain Art and Craft Sale.

November 5 – Old Style Storytelling Session (H TEAM FAVOURITE)

If you can make it to this one, you won’t regret it. Listen to old-school and off the cuff tales from some of the Rockies’ best story-tellers. Leanne Allison, Andrew Brash, Patsy Murphy, Roy Anderson, and Barb Renner. The event is hosted by Chic Scott – without gadgets, gizmos or gear – all acoustic, all the time.

November 6 – Words and Wine: A Mountain Reading

Cozy up at this great gathering featuring undertones of adventure, hints of humour, and full-bodied tales with mountain-writers Brandon Pullan, James Edward Mills, and Lyndsie Bourgon. Book signing to follow presentation.

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Courtesy TBC.

November 6-8 – Mountain Marketplace

Purchase the latest in gear and apparel from Festival partners and industry leaders. Browse and buy top-selling mountain books signed by your favorite authors. Book your next adventure. Purchase unique mountain gifts from a selection of the best local artisans. Come say hi to the Highline gang and win yourself some great prizes from Peak Performance and Sundance Lodge at our booth in Laszlo Funtek 222.

November 7 – Alpinist Writing Workshop: A Summit of One’s Own

Join writers Angie Abdou, Bernadette McDonald, Margo Talbot, Jan Redford and Majka Burhardt for a discussion of mountain literature by and about women, moderated by Katie Ives, editor-in-chief of Alpinist Magazine, and presented by Alpinist and Imaginary Mountain Surveyors.

Kathy Karlo fighting to set her jam (or grimacing from the pain) on Hung Like a Horse (5.11a, Issacs-Matous, 1975), Vedauwoo, Wyoming. Image by Jason Gebauer.

Kathy Karlo fighting to set her jam (or grimacing from the pain) on Hung Like a Horse (5.11a, Issacs-Matous, 1975), Vedauwoo, Wyoming. Image by Jason Gebauer.

November 7 – National Geographic “Your Shot” Photo Tour with Cory Richards

Join National Geographic photographers and staff for a photo walk. Have fun, get outside and take pictures of beautiful Banff! Tour will be lead by climber and adventurer Cory Richards (International Jury member – Banff Mountain Film Competition).

November 7 – National Geographic Adventure Writing and Photography Workshop

To all of our writer and photographer friends: you have to check this one out! Learn how to pitch your story ideas to National Geographic magazines, books, and related digital media. Current editorial trends and story development process will be covered. Have your questions answered by senior editors.

Be like this leopard and be spotted at this event.

Be like this leopard and be spotted at this event.

November 7 – Happy Hour with Highline and the ACC (HIGHLINE TEAM FAVOURITE)

Come get loopy with us! Entry to the event is free. Purchase a commemorative 40th Anniversary stein and get yourself a free beer to go with it! Steins available at the Highline and ACC booths.

Come get loopy with us!

Come get loopy with us!

November 7/8 –  online Hot Topics Seminars 

Update Nepal: Nepal is one of the most impoverished countries in the world so when disaster struck in the form of earthquakes early this year, things seemed especially desperate. Is there more for us to do to help Nepal back on its feet than by simply providing aid for rebuilding? A panel of mountain guides, sherpas and journalists joins us to discuss the current crisis.


Adventuring into the Mainstream: Earlier this year, we saw live action cameras set up at the base of El Capitan, fixed on Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson on their quest to be the first to free climb the Dawn Wall, later documented in publications like The New York Times, Men’s Journal online and Vanity Fair. Does mainstream media attention compromise the success of teams during expeditions and hinder the authenticity of adventure, or does it contribute to it? A panel of athletes and media experts joins us to discuss this new phenomenon.

November 7/8 – A Virtual Reality Field Trip to Yosemite with Tommy Caldwell or Alex Honnold

We can’t wait to see how this works. Take a virtual reality field trip with Google Expeditions led by Tommy Caldwell (Nov 8) or Alex Honnold (Nov 7). You’ll travel up one of Yosemite’s most iconic climbs : the Nose. Using Google Cardboard, which transforms any smartphone into a virtual reality viewer, groups of people can travel together to destinations around the world.

Image courtesy of Google Expeditions.

Image courtesy of Google Expeditions.

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Kristy Davison

Kristy Davison

Kristy founded Highline Magazine in 2008, motivated by the pursuit of stories that both inspire and make us laugh at our wild ways. Her background in fine arts and design, love for reading and research, and a life spent wandering in the Rockies combine to lead the vision for the magazine. She lives for hut trips, live music, walks in the woods, and kicking back on patios with friends in the summertime.

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