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January 2018

18/01/2018
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Keith retires, Paloncý takes the lead

Eoin Keith retires from Britain’s most brutal race, leaving Pavel Paloncý in the lead; Carol Morgan retains her 30km lead in the women’s race; extreme weather temporarily halts the race Highlights from Wednesday 17th January Spine Race Bellingham, Northumberland, UK, Wednesday, 17 January, 2018: It was another dramatic day at the 2018 MONTANE® Spine® Race, with the retirement of race-leader Eoin Keith (IRL) 345km into the 420km race. Course record-holder Keith had been in first place since the retirement of race leader Jim Mann (GBR) at check point (CP) four, Alston... Read More

17/01/2018
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VINSON VI: Departing the Ice

< Previous Page          Next Page > A Cold Descent to Base Camp After summiting Vinson on Tuesday we descended and stayed at High Camp overnight. That night was probably the coldest I had been the entire trip. Even wrapped up in my -40degC sleeping bag I was shivering nonstop. For some reason, I just couldn’t warm up. At some point during the night, frustrated at not being able to sleep, I put my expedition down parka on over top of my other clothing and slept in... Read More

16/01/2018
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The fall of Mann, Keith takes over

Jim Mann retires from Britain’s most brutal race, to leave Eoin Keith in the lead; Carol Morgan remains first women despite “big lows” Episode 5 • Montane​ Spine Race TV 2018 ⚠️ Episode 5 • Montane Spine Race TV. *Best viewed in HD* Posted by Montane Spine Race on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 Today’s highlights can be viewed above or are available here Alston, Cumbria, United Kingdom, Tuesday, 16 January, 2018: It was a dramatic day at the 2018 MONTANE® Spine® Race, with the retirement of race-leader Jim Mann (GBR). Mann... Read More

16/01/2018

Vinson V: Summit Day

< Previous Page          Next Page > Trying To Delay The Summit It’s counterintuitive when doing a speed record attempt but I’ve actually been trying to delay our summit attempt on Vinson. We could have gone yesterday and possibly even the day before but I’ve been actively trying to encourage our team to wait. Fortunately, the weather has been playing into my hands with forecasts predicting improving conditions making the decision to wait for an easier one. Why do I want to wait? Well, the moment I... Read More

15/01/2018
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Mann of the moment

Jim Mann is ahead of course-record pace at the Montane Spine Race, Britain’s most brutal race; Carol Morgan leads the women’s race; weather expected to worsen Episode 4 • Montane Spine Race TV 2018 ⚠️ Episode 4 • Montane Spine Race TV Posted by Montane Spine Race on Monday, 15 January 2018 Today’s highlights can be viewed above or are available here Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom, Monday, 15 January, 2018: Just over half way into the 2018 MONTANE® Spine® Race, Jim Mann (GBR) is setting a scorching... Read More

14/01/2018
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Huitzing and Hopkinson break MONTANE Spine Challenger records

Dutchman Wouter Huitzing and Briton Emma Hopkinson set course records for the the174km race; Jim Mann sets a scorching early pace in the full Spine® Race Episode 3 • Montane Spine Race TV 2018 ⚠️Watch now! Episode 3 • Montane Spine Race TV 2018 #SpineRace #Montane Posted by Montane Spine Race on Sunday, 14 January 2018 Highlights from today’s action on the Montane Spine Race and Spine Challenger can also be viewed here Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom, Sunday, 14 January, 2018: Wouter Huitzing (NED) has won the... Read More

14/01/2018
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Vinson IV: Side Trip to Mt Shinn

< Previous Page          Next Page > A Good Way To Spend A Rest Day Today was planned to be a rest / acclimatisation day at High Camp. Thankfully one of our guides agreed to take myself and one other guy from our group on a side trip across to Mt Shinn. The views from High Camp are spectacular but it’s not the sort of place you want to sit around and just admire the view. You either want to be moving to generate body heat, or... Read More

13/01/2018
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Bourne and Huitzing lead the Montane Spine Challenger

Britain’s Simon Bourne and the Netherlands’ Wouter Huitzing are the joint leaders of the174km race; Emma Hopkinson (GBR) leads the women’s race   Episode 2 – Highlights from today’s Spine Challenger, also available here Edale, Peak District National Park, United Kingdom, Saturday, 13 January, 2018: As the MONTANE Spine® Challenger goes into its first night, Simon Bourne (GBR) and Wouter Huitzing (NED) jointly lead the race after about 80km. Huitzing had been the first to break away, setting a scorching pace out of Edale and up Jacob’s Ladder. Bourne wasn’t... Read More

13/01/2018
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Vinson III: Low Camp to High Camp

< Previous Page          Next Page > Getting Higher. Getting Colder. Today we climbed from Low Camp to High Camp. The route started out once more along the Branscomb Glacier. Relatively flat easy walking for the first hour. From there we headed up a steepish ridge, approx. 40 to 45deg to a plateau at High Camp. It was pretty easy climbing with hard packed snow underfoot. There were fixed ropes in place up the ridge which we could clip in to for safety but a pretty easy... Read More

12/01/2018

Britain’s most brutal ultra race returns

The 108-mile MONTANE® Spine® Challenger starts tomorrow; Sunday’s 2018 MONTANE® Spine® Race will be the most international and the most competitive in the event’s seven-year history   Today’s highlight real from Edale can be viewed above and via this link  Edale, Peak District National Park, United Kingdom, Friday, 12 January, 2018: With the most competitive line-up yet in its seven-year history, the 2018 MONTANE® Spine® Race and Britain’s most brutal race, looks likely to be dramatic. The men’s race sees four previous winners joined by a multi-record-breaking UK mountain runner... Read More