Bernadette McDonald is the founding vice-president of Mountain Culture at western Canada’s The Banff Centre and author of seven books on international mountaineering, including Tomaž Humar (Random House UK, 2008) and Brotherhood of the Rope (The Mountaineers Books, 2007). McDonald is the winner of numerous awards, including Italy’s ITAS Prize for mountain writing (2010), and is a two-time winner of India’s Kekoo Naoroji Award for Mountain Literature (2008 and 2009). She has also received the Alberta Order of Excellence (2010), the Summit of Excellence Award from The Banff Centre (2007), the King Albert Award for international leadership in the field of mountain culture and environment (2006), and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). In 2011, Bernadette’s first book with RMB, Freedom Climbers, won the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival (Canada), the Boardman Tasker Prize (UK) and the American Alpine Club’s Literary Award. Bernadette divides her time between Naramata, British Columbia, and Banff, Alberta.