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May 2019

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

marcus scotney | montane 29/05/2019
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Marcus Scotney’s Dragon’s Back CR: Broken by New Athlete

Marcus Scotney won the 2017 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race, setting the Course Record (CR) in the process.  The following is his reflections on passing the torch to Galen Reynolds after his record was broken by 10 minutes this year. Marcus running well on day 2 of the 2017 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race.  3 days later he completed the course in record time. “Galen ran an amazing race.  His domination from Day 1 was exciting to watch, he showed courage with great talent looking stronger and stronger as the race progressed down... Read More

28/05/2019
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New Athlete Wins Berghaus Dragon’s Back Ultra

Galen Reynolds wins the 2019 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race, setting a new course record the same week he is announced as Montane’s newest Ultra Running Athlete. Galen completing the 2019 Berghaus Dragon’s Back © No Limits Photography  “I ran hard today. But apart from all the pain, it feels really good to win.”  – Galen Reynolds upon winning the 2019 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Created in 1992, the Dragon’s Back is an epic following the mountainous spine of Wales from North to South, its 315km total length and 15,500m incline split into 5... Read More

Galen reynolds | montane 24/05/2019

ULTRA RUNNER GALEN REYNOLDS JOINS MONTANE ULTRA RUNNING TEAM

Montane lends support to Canadian-born Reynolds to help further his recent successes. Galen Reynolds began running with humble aspirations, with a desire to become generally healthier and fitter after completing his degree and MBA.  Initially unable to run a mile without long breaks, one step at a time eventually lead to an ultra trail running obsession spanning the past 7 years.  During this time he has ran some of the most iconic ultras in the world, including the UTMB and Montane Tor des Geants where he came 2nd in 2018.... Read More

21/05/2019
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PROJECT 321: TIM’S DIARY 14-21.05.19

A change of plan sets the scene for a potential ‘summitfest’ in the slow-motion world of ultra-high altitude. 14.05.19   14:25  Not the result I hoped for but we are down & safe which is the main thing. 18:04  Well, a variety of factors played out against us today on Nuptse. Despite breaking trail & fixing a bunch of rope yesterday (in pretty challenging conditions) the trail had all but disappeared and the ropes were buried under fresh snow. The difficult became even more challenging. The route, as we were already aware, is... Read More

21/05/2019

MONTANE BECOMES HEADLINE SPONSOR OF BRIT ROCK FILM TOUR

Montane continues to grow its grassroots activation with headline sponsorship of the Brit Rock Tour Since 2014, Brit Rock has curated the best new climbing films featuring some of the country’s most popular climbers. Leading filmmaker and founder of the Brit Rock Tour Alastair Lee collaborates with the best of the UK’s adventure filmmakers as well as his own new productions resulting in new line ups of compelling stories from the vertical world. “Montane are the perfect fit for the Brit Rock Tour; I wanted a brand with the same... Read More

kokopelli trail fkt | montane 20/05/2019
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Kevin Hadfield Sets Fastest Known Time on Kokopelli Trail

Ahead of this years’ Tor des Géants, Montane athlete Kevin Hadfield has not been resting on his laurels.  Rounding off a family holiday with an FKT of the 140 mile Kokopelli Trail, he had to deal with extremes of temperature similar to the TOR, and finishing with a result that will hold him in good stead for the 330 km of Alpine terrain.   I’m happy and sad all at once. I’m psyched to have finished the Kokopelli but sad that it’s not been a shared experience. I’d spent all... Read More

Project 321 | montane 13/05/2019
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PROJECT 321: TIM’S DIARY 06-13.05.19

Tim begins his big push towards Nuptse 06.05.19 08:45  So … now that the ropes have been fixed to The South Col it’s time for teams to start establishing C3 and their S Col camps. But not yet, as the weather has put things on hold for the moment.  Tents, gas, food, oxygen, stoves, and equipment will be ferried up the Lhotse Face whilst team members complete their second rotation or, if they’ve done that already, they’ll be resting up.  Once the winds above the S Col abate the fixing team... Read More

atomic jacket review | montane 08/05/2019
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Nick Morris Atomic Review

Warm and dry in a Scottish winter and excellent breathability on a Spring day in a featherweight jacket: that’s the Atomic. The jacket has all the frills without the weight. A fully adjustable hood, pit zips, waist cords and pockets that work with a harness or waist strap. But how does it perform, the question everyone wants to know. I have taken the jacket out over the last few months through many different conditions including a Scottish winter and a Lake District Spring, so this review covers both extremes. The... Read More

Project 321 | montane 05/05/2019
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PROJECT 321: TIM’S DIARY 29.04.-05.05.19

This week weather plagues the expedition, and Tim finally announces PROJECT 321’s complete objectives. 29.04.19 10:38  Here’s a pano that I took a couple of years back showing the Lhotse Face and all the way back down The Western Cwm  This year the Lhotse Face is looking quite icy at the moment … the snow from last week having been blown away.  Currently it’s fixed up to upper Camp 3 but the Climbing Sherpa fixing team will be trying to forge ahead over the next few days to The South Col... Read More