track my down | Montane 16/01/2019

Allied Feather & Down Wins ISPO Gold Award

ISPO judges have awarded the industry-leading down insulation supplier Gold for its global education and traceability tool  Montebello, Calif. — (For Immediate Release) ALLIED Feather & Down announced the relaunch of its proprietary website, an educational and supply-chain transparency tool, has been awarded the enviable and elusive ISPO Gold recognition from the world’s largest outdoor industry tradeshow group. “We first introduced Track My Down in Winter 2015 and became the first brand to adopt the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) across our complete down apparel range from Winter 2016. Using... Read More

2019 spine race day 4 | montane 15/01/2019
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As the MONTANE® Spine® Race enters its third night, Paris, first placed female, has forged ahead of 2013 MONTANE® Spine® Race winner, Roselló Solé, first placed male. Pre-Race    Day 1    Day2     Day3     Day4    Day5    Day6    Day7    Day8    Day9 Both Paris and Roselló Solé started the day by increasing their lead over Eoin Keith (IRL). They continued to run together until they reached CP4 at Alston, 194 miles into the race.  However, even though they elected to rest, Paris pushed on ahead of Roselló Solé after just... Read More

spine race and challenger | montane 14/01/2019


Britain’s Jasmin Paris battles Eugeni Roselló Solé (ESP) in brutal 268 mile race. Pre-Race    Day 1    Day2     Day3     Day4    Day5    Day6    Day7    Day8    Day9 As the MONTANE® Spine® Race enters into its second night, an epic contest for lead position is being played out across the Pennines. Jasmin Paris (GBR), first placed female, is running neck and neck with 2013 MONTANE® Spine® Race winner, Eugeni Roselló Solé (ESP), first placed male. This battle of the sexes commenced from the start of the race when both Paris and... Read More

jim mann spine challenger race winner 2019 | montane 13/01/2019


Britain’s Jim Mann dominates to win the 174km race setting a new course record; Carol Morgan (IRL) wins the women’s race with a considerable lead. Pre-Race    Day 1    Day2     Day3     Day4    Day5    Day6    Day7    Day8    Day9 As the MONTANE® Spine® Challenger goes into its second night, Jim Mann (GBR) started the day by convincingly winning the race and smashing the existing course record. Mann crossed the finish line, having covered the 174 km in an extraordinary time of 22h 53m 28s. This is almost three hours... Read More

day 1 of the spine challenger and spine mrt | montane 12/01/2019
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Britain’s Jim Mann leads the 174km race; Carol Morgan (IRL) leads the women’s race. Pre-Race    Day 1    Day2     Day3     Day4    Day5    Day6    Day7    Day8    Day9 As the MONTANE® Spine® Challenger goes into its first night, Jim Mann (GBR) set a blistering pace to lead the race after the first 4km. Although he initially ran with, current course record holder, Wouter Huitzing (DE), Mann had been the first to break away, setting an incredible pace up Jacob’s Ladder to pull away from Huitzing. At the time of... Read More

spine mrt 2019 | montane 11/01/2019
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The 174km/108 mile MONTANE Spine® Challenger starts tomorrow.  Saturday 12 January 2019 at 8 AM. 104 competitors (80 men and 24 women) from 10 different nations are competing to cover 108 miles of the Pennine Way National trail irrespective of what the terrain and the British weather can throw at them.   Pre-Race    Day 1    Day2     Day3     Day4    Day5    Day6    Day7    Day8    Day9 Wouter Huitzing (NED) has returned to improve on his course Record. Huitzing set the current course record for the MONTANE® Spine® Challenger in... Read More

2019 Spine Race | montane 10/01/2019
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Spine Race 2019: Pre-Race

The 2019 Spine Race continues to draw international talent, solidifying itself as ‘Britain’s Most Brutal’ ultra-endurance event. A competitor battles driving snow during 2018’s race. (© Racing Snakes). START TIMES Montane Spine Challenger:                        08:00    12.01.2019 Montane Spine MRT Challenge:               09:00    12.01.2019 Montane Spine Race:                                   08:00    13.01.2019 The Montane Spine Race is a non-stop 268 mile winter ultra-marathon encompassing the entire length of the Pennine Way, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. Since its inception in 2012, which saw 11 entrants and... Read More

Cheviot Goat Ultra 2018 race report | Montane 09/01/2019


Early December saw Montane Athlete Tom Hollins take on the Northumbrian Cheviots in challenging Winter conditions by running the Montane Cheviot Goat.  Battling the elements, terrain, and bogs he finished a very competitive join 6th place in a climactic finale to an excellent years’ racing. Conditions this year were wet, turning the peaty Northumbrian hills into boggy quagmires. <last year’s report Words: Tom Hollins Pictures: Wild Man Media This year was my first goat and my last race of the season before my first Spine Race free Christmas for 3 years.... Read More

tom ballard nanga parbat expedition volume 1 | montane 08/01/2019
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Nanga parbat: Mummery Winter 1

Like most expeditions, things started fairly slowly. I landed in the sparkling new Islamabad airport at 1:30am. After an hour and a half I finally collected my checked bags. Then met with Ali Saltoro at arrivals and off to the hotel for much-needed sleep.  At lunch time I had breakfast. Met with trekkers Daniele and Allessandra and then reunited with climbing companion Daniele (trust the Italians to be confusing). vol. 2 > The next two days were spent organising the equipment to be sent by road to Chilas and attending... Read More