Eight Summits: The Bill Burke Story

Costa Mesa, California

December 6, 2019

Dear Family & Friends:

“Eight Summits: The Bill Burke Story” just won first place in the International Outdoor Film Festival. Eight Summits was entered in the Festival a few years ago and was doing the circuit similar to the Banff Mountain Film Festival that travels around the United States. Over 1,480 films were originally submitted, and only 850 were selected to be included in the Festival.

Eight Summits traveled all around Europe in various countries being screened and voted on.  Of the 850 films only 5 films per category made it to the grand finale in Prague, the Capital of the Czech Republic. On November 30, 2019, Eight Summits won the top award in the Mountain Climbing, Exploration category for “Extraordinary Lifelong Sports Performance.” 

My friend, Allan Smith, who produced the film, attended the Festival with his wife, Holly. I am so glad he was there to receive the award.
Here is a link to the film.  
Allan Smith


24 thoughts on “Eight Summits: The Bill Burke Story

  1. Fabulous news, Bill, a lifetime achievement award recognition! It gives me goosebumps and tears of joy for you.

    All work is empty save where there is love, and no one has greater love for the mountains than you.

    Next,Eight Rivers, the Bill Burke saga.



  2. Congratulations Bill and all involved. I still watch it a few times a year.

    A very personal yet highly professional production. Eight Summits deserves all the accolades it receives.

  3. Greetings from Bali, where it’s a balmy 85 degrees (am blowing bubbles here)… i think of your climbs up Burke Khang to stay cool! Big congratulations to you and Allan on the accolade, well deserved…

  4. BILL this award was earned! Your outstanding accomplishments since the first time I began following your adventures would be a lifetime for most people. The accumulation of all of them will, I am sure, be a book where many can marvel at the man you are. It is a privilege to call you friend.

  5. Bill, it is your Canadian follower again…Congratulations are definitely in order for this awesome award. You are one of a kind, and super special…What you do for a retirement ‘ hobby’ is extraordinary and inspiring.

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