Don Serl Awarded 2017 BMFF Sum­mit of Ex­cel­lence

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The Banff Moun­tain Film and Book Fes­ti­val ( bmff) an­nounced that B.C. climber Don Serl is the 2017 re­cip­i­ent of the Sum­mit of Ex­cel­lence Award, which rec­og­nizes an in­di­vid­ual who has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to moun­tain life in Canada. Serl is cred­ited with over 200 first as­cents and was an im­por­tant climber for many decades. “I am hon­oured to be cho­sen as the re­cip­i­ent of this year’s Sum­mit of Ex­cel­lence Award,” said Don Serl. “Over nearly four decades of chas­ing sum­mits, I ex­pe­ri­enced many beau­ti­ful, chal­leng­ing, and al­lur­ing ridges, faces, and couloirs, mostly in re­mote and ob­scure places. Th­ese won­der­ful fea­tures, and the strong, com­pe­tent part­ners with whom I ad­ven­tured, also share the hon­our, as do my wife and fam­ily, with­out whose tol­er­ance lit­tle of this would have hap­pened.”

Re­mem­ber­ing Fred is New Shoul­der Sea­son Alpine John Price and Kris Irwin climbed a new long mod­er­ate alpine route at M6 they called Re­mem­ber­ing Fred, in hon­our of the late Fred Beckey.

New Storm Moun­tain Mixed Route Toshiyuki Ya­mada and Noboru Kikuchi climbed a new route above Ar­nica Lake on Storm Moun­tain east of Lake Louise. Their new climb is a 400- me­tre M6R WI4.

New Kananaskis Coun­try Ice Route Toshiyuki Ya­mada and Noboru Kikuchi as­sumed they climbed Dr. Evil in Kananaskis Coun­try. But they ended up climb­ing a new 70- me­tre WI5 they called Over Slept.

Cana­dian/Scott Duo’s New Vari­a­tion Cana­dian Jon Walsh and Scot­tish climber Greg Boswell com­pleted a mixed start to a 2004 ice route in Storm Creek. In the end, they es­tab­lished the new four-pitch The Sil­mar­il­lion In­di­rect M6 WI5.

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