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October 2018

jen scotney races the cappadocia ultra | montane 31/10/2018
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JEN SCOTNEY: THE RACE

We set off with the 120km runners and wound up through the steep streets out of the town. I had actually started nearish the front so a few people were coming past me, yet I was going past others that walked the hill. We soon turned off the road and started the next 39 miles of dusty winding trails which made for an absolutely stunning race. There were a few bottlenecks at canyons at the start but otherwise, I got into my rhythm, plodding along, waiting for the first of... Read More

29/10/2018
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JEN SCOTNEY: CAPPADOCIA TRAINING

The second part of this year has been a lesson in patience, in moderation for me, in realising I’m not as invincible as a couple of good races can make me feel. I had always said 2018 would be about the Northern Traverse and it was, and thinking I would want a break from running and training after that I had said no more races for 2018. 1  TRAINING          2  NERVES          3  THE RACE          4  AFTERMATH Had. As... Read More

BMC Mend Our Mountains make one million | Montane 18/10/2018
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BMC ‘MEND OUR MOUNTAINS: MAKE ON MILLION’ CROWDFUNDING SUCCESS

The BMC’s ‘Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million’ most recent campaign has raised a significant sum, bringing it closer to their monumental target of £1 million. The BMC’s ambitious  ‘Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million’ crowdfunding drive has raised over £75,000 over the past 5 weeks via the crowdfunding platform https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mendourmountains.  This marked the most ambitious phase of the campaign. Mend Our Mountains is a call to action to anyone who values the hills, mountains and unique landscapes of Britain.  It is a national BMC campaign to repair heavily eroded paths and trails... Read More

Fastpacking 101 packing guide | Montane 09/10/2018
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JENNY TOUGH FASTPACKING: PACKING GUIDE

In fastpacking, the less you carry the further you travel and the faster you get there.  Jenny tough is an expert in packing JUST enough. HOME     THE BASICS     SYSTEMS     PACKING GUIDE FASTPACKING ICELAND Fastpacking is all about finding the balance between efficiency and utility.  It is important to ensure your kit remains lightweight without compromising safety, but also remember a modicum of comfort – used sparingly and strategically – will help you perform. As mentioned previously, I tend to follow the rule that everything in my (preferably... Read More

tom kahler fastpacking chasing the alpine sun 08/10/2018
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TOM KAHLER: CHASING THE ALPINE SUN

During a smash-and-grab trip to the Alps, Brand Ambassador Tom Kahler reflects that Fastpacking is as much a state of mind as a means of moving through the mountains. Fellow Brand Ambassador Elliot Simpson in his Future Lite Hoodie. Follow Tom’s adventures: <Previous Page          Next Page> I always find packing very difficult.  In many ways, the success of an outing in the mountains can be decided at home by what I put in my bag.  The problem is that photography equipment is heavy and bulky, and... Read More

Fastpacking 101 packing | Montane 08/10/2018
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JENNY TOUGH FASTPACKING: SYSTEMS

Success in the outdoors can be greatly improved by mastering a few systems in a manner suitable to your pursuit.  Jenny Tough knows the tolerances of these systems is exceedingly fine when it comes to fastpacking success. HOME     THE BASICS     SYSTEMS     PACKING GUIDE FASTPACKING ICELAND Like so much in the outdoors, your enjoyment of it – and how you move through it – relies heavily on how well you look after yourself.  call it what you want; self-maintenance, personal admin, grooming etc, if you don’t know how... Read More

ATOMIC JACKET BEST VALUE TRAIL MAGAZINE | Montane 08/10/2018
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ATOMIC JACKET: WINS ‘BEST VALUE’ IN TRAIL MAGAZINE REVIEW

The Montane Atomic Jacket wins ‘best value’ award in Trail Magazines November 2018 waterproof shell test. The Atomic more than held its own against jackets over double its price in the November issue of TRAIL Magazines Waterproof Jacket ‘Big Test’.  Tester Graham Thompson was impressed by its extensive feature set and efficient design: ‘This light jacket packs down so small, you’ll hardly notice it in your rucksack…there is lots to like here.’ Breathability and manoeuvrability were also significant factors in the Atomic receiving the award.  Its mesh lined, harness compatible pockets were... Read More

Fastpacking 101 basics | Montane 07/10/2018
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JENNY TOUGH FASTPACKING: THE BASICS

Jenny Tough touches on the fundamentals of fastpacking, forming the basis of kit selection and expedition ethos. HOME     THE BASICS     SYSTEMS     PACKING GUIDE FASTPACKING ICELAND Fastpacking, endurance running, runventuring, runtouring… The sport is so new and fledging that we can’t even agree on what to call it yet. Basically, fastpacking is where ultra running meets trekking – covering long distances, at a running pace, with a backpack full of kit to stay out overnight (or a few nights). I can’t remember ever being introduced to fastpacking, but at... Read More

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JENNY TOUGH FASTPACKING: ICELAND

Jenny Tough travelled to Iceland for a week of fastpacking. A runventure completely lacking in agenda except for finding hot springs, killer bivvy spots, ice and fire, trolls and fairies. This is what Iceland is all about. Staring up at the looming peaks ahead of her, revealed for the first time by the typical Icelandic weather, she decide this adventure definitely needs a pointless summit, too. HOME     THE BASICS     SYSTEMS     PACKING GUIDE FASTPACKING ICELAND “…It wouldn’t be right to call this hard – this is a true... Read More