Archive

2015

22/12/2015
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A Century of Polar Exploration

(Photograph courtsey of Martin Hartley) Robert Peary, the American explorer, claimed he reached the geographic North Pole on April 6, 1909. Although the claim was disputed, the fact they survived at all in such an incredibly hostile and harsh environment is testament to man’s thirst for exploration, for knowledge, and for pushing the human body to the limits. Peary was a smart guy. He had carefully studied Innuit techniques and clothing and replicated them where possible and it served him very well, well, except for losing eight fingers. And by a long... Read More

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Sally Fawcett hits the ground running

Team Montane’s Sally Fawcett hits the ground running in this year’s Frostbite 30. I’ve done the Frostbite 30 the 2 previous years, and although the course changes each year I was familiar with parts of the route and knew we were in for mud and lots of it! This years course was 34 miles and at 1,600m ascent involved more climbing than previously, that would suit me nicely. There was torrential rain throughout the night but fortunately it had eased by race morning. We did set off in a heavy... Read More

02/12/2015
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“Plans are useless but planning is indispensable” – Dwight D Eisenhower

Team Montane athletes Simon Yearsley & Malcolm Bass offer their tips on how to plan successful, regular winter route dates. #WinterClimbing The biggest obstacle to getting winter routes done is the rest of our lives. Work. Love. Family. Christmas. Houses. Skiing. The second biggest, and far more frustrating, is our climbing partners’ lives. Of course we have our priorities in exactly the right order. But as for them, well they slew wildly between obsessive fanaticism and a total lack of commitment to the cause. Stating the obvious: you can’t climb... Read More

27/11/2015
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Winter is coming

Team Montane athletes Malcolm Bass & Simon Yearsley prepare for some good old fashioned climbing and exploring this winter. The first flights of snow have fallen on our hills. Late autumnal storms are battering the west. The sun has lost its warmth. For lovers of winter the pulse is quickening: the object of our desire is suddenly within reach. By walking or running in the hills, every winter’s day can be enjoyed for what it is. Scudding black hail squalls whipping along the ridge, or the calm of muffling, moistening... Read More

27/11/2015
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Climbing Prodigy Tom Ballard Joins the Montane Team

We are pleased to announce that one of Europe’s most exciting young climbers has joined the Montane athlete team. Tom Ballard, 26, joins the company off the back of a remarkable achievement to become the first person to solo climb all six major faces of the Alps in one winter, a feat known as ‘Starlight and Storm’. Tom enjoys most of his climbing alone, and especially in the Italian Dolomites where he is currently based with his father. He has completed more than 250 routes in the area, including many winter ascents.... Read More

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The Accidental Ultra Runner – Interview with Jenn Gaskell

Meet Jenn Gaskell: although this 24 year old’s day job is working on a mathematical physics PhD at the University of Nottingham, she has quietly been nurturing a career as a budding ultra-runner after entering her first running competition on a whim whilst mountaineering.  This ‘whim’ turned out to be a turning point for Jenn however, and she was soon entering more and more races and at gradually longer distances, proving that you don’t have to start running from the get-go to succeed. We sat down with the Team Montane member to... Read More

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Winnie Chang’s Great Himalayan traverse

Everyday there was more snow. Zanskar is a high altitude desert but these late winter storms (this was March) provide the main source of water for the region.* We were on our way up to the Pensi La pass, a gradual inclination all the way up to 4,400 metres. It continued snowing hard into the night and we were just plodding on, weighed down by heavy backpacks. The only lights we could see were from our head torches, all the Buddhist villages were left behind. Now we were in the... Read More

25/09/2015
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Photographing the hostile Arctic

There are not many people that would relish the thought of spending several months in the extremely hostile conditions of the Arctic. Fortunately for us,Martin Hartley is one of these people. An expedition and adventure travel photographer, Martin first gained public recognition in the world of photography at the age of 17 and now commits himself whole-heartedly to capturing the beauty of unadulterated landscapes and remote communities all over the world. Martin takes some time out to talk to us about his photography and the particular challenges that confronted him... Read More

28/07/2015
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Montane Lakeland 100 & 50 2015: a tale of success

Over 900 competitors arrived at the John Ruskin School in Coniston on Friday, nervously and excitedly lining up for race registration.  305 were on the roster for the ML100 and 615 for the ML50. A live rendition of the operatic race anthem, Nessum Dorma, was sung by tenor Alexander Wall before the start of the ML100 at 6pm on Friday 24 July. The weather was kind to runners – not as scorching as last year’s race (read the 2014 ML100 & 50 race report here).  And with no heavy downpours expected,... Read More

28/07/2015
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Montane Lakeland 100 & 50: #LakelandLegend Harry Johnson

There were many memorable moment from the Montane Lakeland 100 & 50 ultra races on 24-26 July 2015: Alexander Wall singing the race anthem ‘Nessun Dorma’, Paul Tierney charging over the finish line to claim a well deserved victory in the men’s ML100, Debbie Martin Consani stepping up a gear to claim 2nd lady in the ‘sprinter’s ML50 race after winning the ladies ML100 in 2014… But the unexpected highlight came towards the end of the ML50 on Sunday 26 July.  Most racers had crossed the line and were resting... Read More