About the Author
Bernadette McDonald was born in Saskatchewan and grew up on a farm. Her childhood, and most of her education, was focused on music. She was well on her way as a contemporary music specialist when life took a sharp turn. Volunteering for the Banff Mountain Film Festival eventually led to a new career. For twenty years, McDonald worked at The Banff Centre, directing the Banff Mountain Festivals and starting a new division: Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre. McDonald resigned from her position as vice president in 2006 to write full time. McDonald also lectures and consults on mountain cultural issues. She has worked with start-up festivals and mountain institutes. McDonald has lectured on a variety of mountain topics for universities, festivals and alpine clubs and curated many mountain-related exhibitions.