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howard dracup | montane 17/07/2019
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HOWARD DRACUP – Brecon Beacons 100 Win

I’ve always had a bit of a fascination for the Brecon Beacons but never been. As soon as I hear its name I immediately think of the armed forces and their gritty resolve. Looming over this is the huge beautiful lump they call Pen Y Fan.So when GB Ultras released a brand new race for 2019 – The Beacons Way Ultra – I thought “what a perfect excuse to go to the Brecons”! So I spontaneously booked myself on the race there and then in bed late one night back... Read More

howard dracup | montane 01/07/2019
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HOWARD DRACUP: Brecon Beacons 100 Kit List

Here’s my kit list I chose to either wear, carry or have in my drop bag for versatility/change in weather! Pre, during & post race: Montane Transition 40 Hold-all Montane Razor Vest Montane Razor Shorts Montane Via Visor Montane Featherlite Trail Vest Montane Power Dry Glove Montane Fang Zip Tank Montane Fang Shorts Montane Dragon Pull On Montane Via Gecko Vest Montane Cadenza Cap Montane Allez Micro Hoodie Montane Primino 140 T-shirt Montane Fang Zip T-shirt Montane Minimus Stretch Ultra Jacket Montane Chief Montane Featherlite Down Jacket Montane Soft Flasks... Read More

26/06/2019
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Sabrina Verjee wins MONTANE® Spine® Fusion

Sabrina Verjee wins MONTANE® Spine® Fusion, a non-stop 268-mile endurance race along the Pennine Way.  “Right now I feel ok, pretty good, very happy. It’s a shame Cees wasn’t there with me at the finish, but I have the win outright now” she joked. “Over the Cheviot’s there were gale force winds, it was terrible up there. But it was the only way I was staying awake. I would just doze off and be facing the other way at times and think where have I been for the last half... Read More

jon gupta further faster podcast | montane 25/06/2019
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FURTHER. FASTER. PODCAST – EPISODE 13 Jon Gupta

Welcome to Further, Faster, in association with Montane and hosted by Daniel Neilson. In this episode, we speak to Jon Gupta. He is a mountaineer. A very, very good mountaineer, one who specialises in very very big mountains. But he’s also an expedition guide, notably working with a previous interviewee Steve Plain for his 7 Summits project. He’s a penchant for more remote, lesser-known mountains. But over the last couple of years, he’s also run the Bob Graham round, and the the 430-Yukon Arctic Ultra.. on his second attempt. We... Read More

Alpha Balance jacket climber magazine review | montane 19/06/2019
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CLIMBER MAGAZINE REVIEW THE ALPHA BALANCE JACKET

CLIMBER Magazine reviewed the Alpha Balance Jacket in its June 2019 issue, finding its technical fabrics enhancing an intuitive feature set. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW THE ALPHA BALANCE JACKET The Alpha Balance Jackets‘ unusual construction is the first thing that stood out to the CLIMBER reviewers, with Polartec’s Alpha Direct across the chest, shoulders and upper arms and covered by Featurelite Air nylon stretch overlay contrasting pleasingly with Pontetorto Technostretch on the arms and abdomen.  This mix of fabrics also fulfill a purpose, and the visual disparity highlights the garment’s... Read More

slim fit terra pants climber review | montane 18/06/2019
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CLIMBER MAGAZINE REVIEW THE NEW SLIM FIT TERRA PANTS

CLIMBER Magazine reviewed the iconic Terra Pants new Slim Fit option in its June 2019 issue, finding their unbeatable feature set improved by the updated silhouette.  CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW THE TERRA PANT The Terra Pant has been an outdoor icon for over ten years, but CLIMBER were still impressed by the combination of breathable, windproof, quick-drying and durable fabrics combined with ‘clever material profiling’ to produce a fit that ensures ‘…freedom of movement is very good despite the omission of any elastane from the material.’ CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW THE... Read More

17/06/2019
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MINIMUS PANTS RECEIVE THE GREAT OUTDOORS ‘RECOMMENDED’ AWARD

Gear Editor Chris Townsend reviewed the updated Montane Minimus Pant as part of a comparative waterproof pants review in TGO’s June 2019 issue.  Suitably impressed, the Minimus Pants were awarded a coveted ‘TGO Recommended’ rosette for their versatility and feature set whilst being the lightest waterproof trousers on test. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW MINIMUS PANTS (MEN’S AND WOMEN’S) Cited as ‘the world’s lightest and most breathable waterproof mountain pants’, they were lauded as being truly ultralight.  As such, their compressibility was also noted.  Their close fit paired with the breathable Pertex... Read More

10/06/2019
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UNCLIMBED PEAKS

Imagine an overhead map of the Himalaya marked with mountaineering routes. The thicker it is, the more people have attempted it. You’d see Everest as a broad red line. Even wider lines would travel up the ‘trekking peaks’ of Island Peak (6,189m), Mera Peak (6,476m), Tent Peak (5,663m) and Yala Peak (5,700m). Like the great Scottish Munros, the highest, the easiest and the most accessible get climbed most. Without seeing through the window of a Bombardier Dash 8, it’s hard to imagine the scale of the Himalaya. Within the range... Read More

jesse dufton | montane 05/06/2019
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JESSE DUFTON: FIRST BLIND LEAD ASCENT OF OLD MAN OF HOY

Montane supported GB Para Climber Jesse Dufton successfully completes the first blind lead ascent of the Old Man of Hoy. Jesse Dufton (red) lead climbing the bold 4th pitch as time became an increasing factor for the team (©Alastair Lee/Brit Rock Film Tour 2019) At 22:10 on 4th June Jesse Dufton and sighted partner Molly Thompson made history when they summited the Old Man of Hoy – Jesse was the first blind person to lead the 450ft Old Red Sandstone seastack. “I did it! A clean onsight lead of the... Read More

29/05/2019
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JESSE DUFTON TO CLIMB ‘OLD MAN OF HOY’ WITH MONTANE

Montane lends support to GB Para Climber Jesse Dufton for the first blind lead ascent of the Old Man of Hoy. Jesse Dufton climbing The Sloth (HVS 5a) at The Roaches – described as “…simply incomparable to anything else I’ve seen in climbing” by Neil Gresham. Jesse Dufton is a member of the GB Paraclimbing Team. He is also blind and won the 2018 National Indoor Climbing Championships (B1 Category). A highly experienced climber and mountaineer, Jesse has climbed since he was young, and now leads trad with the help... Read More