Archive

2019

daniel neilson fkt | montane 18/04/2019

FASTEST KNOWN TIME

The FKT or Fastest Known Time has become a massive deal in the ultrarunning world. Daniel Neilson dissects the pros and cons and offers advice on attempting your own. FKT is in danger of sounding like a New York fashion label or the latest Bay Area app. But the idea of FKT or Fastest Known Time has become one of the biggest phenomenons in endurance racing, mountaineering, ultra running and in almost every self-powered outdoor pursuit. Yet, it is not without its controversy. The FKT is essentially a speed record... Read More

17/04/2019
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JORDAN WYLIE’S 15x15x15: DAY FOUR – LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS

I woke up on the banks of Loch Lomond today at around 0600, this National Park boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the world. From breathtaking mountains and glens to the vast tranquil beauty of the Loch. It was simply incredible, I seemed to have the whole Loch to myself so decided it would be rude not to take a bath and make the most of this delightful opportunity! Day 1.           Day 2.          Day 3.          Day 4.... Read More

Jordan wylie cairngorms marathon | montane 16/04/2019
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JORDAN WYLIE’S 15x15x15: DAY THREE- CAIRNGORMS

They say ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ – a mantra that served me well today in the most northern of the UK’s National Parks; the Cairngorms. Day 1.           Day 2.          Day 3.          Day 4. After a 10 hour drive up to Aviemore with a quick stop in Glasgow for an interview with BBC Scotland, it was time to hit the road for marathon 3/15.  Although the weather forecast was sunny with light winds and the odd shower,... Read More

Jordan wylie south downs marathon | montane 15/04/2019
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JORDAN WYLIE’S 15x15x15: DAY TWO – SOUTH DOWNS

I woke up this morning to the realisation that it would probably be my last night in a proper bed for the next 2 weeks. I made the most of it and set the snooze for another 30 minutes. If I told you my legs weren’t feeling the effects of yesterday’s 26.2 miles in the New Forest, well I would definitely be lying. This could be tougher than I envisaged after all… Day 1.           Day 2.          Day 3.          Day... Read More

Jordan wylie new forest marathon | montane 14/04/2019
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JORDAN WYLIE’S 15x15x15: DAY ONE – NEW FOREST

Welcome to my first daily blog for my latest challenge in association with my awesome expedition partners Montane, which for me provide the best clothing around for endurance sports and expeditions in extreme, remote and complex environments. Day 1.           Day 2.          Day 3.          Day 4. Over the next 15 days I will be running 15 marathons in the 15 National Parks of the United Kingdom. For those of you that follow me, you may be aware that in late... Read More

14/04/2019
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ASH ROUTEN: NORWEGIAN SHAKEDOWN

“So when are you off on your shakedown trip Ash?” asked a North American friend. Shakedown sounds like an unwanted pat down at Airport security to me. However, this alien term actually refers to a short training trip to test out equipment and dust off your skillset. And so in late February, I headed to the Hardangervidda Plateau in Norway, to do a shakedown of my Arctic travel skills in preparation for a 35-day ski along the sea ice of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. This was my third-time... Read More

10/04/2019
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THE THIRD MAN

You’ll never walk alone. The ‘Third Man Factor’ is a phenomenon that is experienced at the edges of existence, those moments when mountaineers, sailors, and Polar explorers, have the vivid experience of another human being sharing their struggle. Here Dan Neilson investigates the phenomenon: “Boss, I had a curious feeling on the march that there was another person with us.” Frank Worsley, captain of the Endurance, told Ernest Shackleton. Tom Crean, an Irish seaman, later admitted the same. After the Endurance became trapped in ice and destroyed, the crew escaped... Read More

TRAILBLAZER 30 | MONTANE 09/04/2019
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TRAILBLAZER 30: MUD & ROUTES REVIEW

Our Trailblazer 30 Pack was tested by Rick Henderson from Mud & Routes who found the harness to be excellent and packed full of useful features. CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO FOR THE FULL REVIEW Rick took the Trailblazer 30 on the Glyderau on a chilly dry day to put it through its paces.  He found the Covalent harness system easy to use and adjust to ensure a comfortable and secure fit, and the shoulder-mounted chest pockets more than ample. ”  in summary, I do love this pack…. You can tell they... Read More

09/04/2019
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ANTI-FREEZE JACKET WINS ‘BEST IN BEST’ FROM UKC

Our Anti-Freeze down jacket has been tested by UKC who found the combination of cut, fill, features and price hard to beat, awarding it the coveted ‘Best in Test’ accolade. Stand-out aspects of this ultra versatile midweight down jacket were its active mountain fit, describing it as ‘snug without being restrictive’ and praising its ability to stay unrestrictively close to the body regardless of activity level. “…good for active pursuits, chilly bouldering, as an outer layer for belaying and, due to its attractive appearance, for wearing around town.” CLICK BELOW FOR... Read More

bmc hills 2 oceans | montane 05/04/2019

BMC LAUNCH NEW ‘HILLS 2 OCEAN’ CAMPAIGN

Launched at the 2019 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival in March, the new initiative dovetails in where MEND OUR MOUNTAINS left off, extending its core tenets of conservation, preservation-through-activation, and environmental compassion from the summit to the sea. Where the most recent round of the ‘Mend our Mountains’ campaigns broke new ground in the ambition of preservative efforts towards how we interact with and preserve our environment for future generations, HILLS 2 OCEANS represents a sea-change in the holistic relationship between user and environment.  As such, the new initiative implores outdoor... Read More