Barry Blanchard, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures’ Associate Director, was awarded the Boardman Tasker award last week for his memoir The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains. The Boardman Tasker Award promotes and recognizes authors of literature concerned with the mountains. The Calling is a ‘memoir’ of a poor kid saved from juvenile delinquency by the mystery and challenge of the Canadian Rockies. A portrait of the power of mountains to lift us physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.’
We have a number of signed copies of Barry’s book available in our office. Our you could just come and climb with Barry and get him to sign your copy in the mountains!
Other reviews for Barry’s book are very positive and it is expected that this book inspire a whole new generation of climbers and alpinists. Barry’s narrative writing style appeals to readers of all types and one of the things you can be assured of with any of Barry’s stories is the very personal and detailed account of his experiences. Barry’s stories are exciting and easy to imagine as you read his book.
All of us here at Yamnuska want to congratulate Barry for such an outstanding achievement. We can’t wait to see what he comes out with next!
Barry is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and Associate Director at Yamnuska Mountain Adventures in Canmore.