Archive

2019

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

trailblazer 30 | montane 29/03/2019
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TRAILBLAZER 30: DESIGNED BY EXPERIENCE

Time outdoors is precious, and moving quickly towards specific goals has become the best way to maximise this finite commodity.  Efficiency of movement is the key to unlocking hitherto out of reach summits, and the Trailblazer range of packs are perfect for exploiting brief windows of opportunity and help you push on, further. faster. The rules have changed. A new style of enjoying the outdoors is emerging. Fastpacking, run-camping; it’s so new its terminology has yet to properly evolve. Whatever you call it, its philosophy of pushing hard to achieve... Read More

further faster podcast javed bhatti | montane 28/03/2019
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FURTHER. FASTER. PODCAST – EPISODE 12 Javed Bhatti

Hello and welcome to Further Faster in association with Montane. In this episode, we meet a remarkable character. He has completed some of the most difficult races in the world, including only recently the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, the 430-mile course, and the Montane Spine Race. So far, so impressive, until you learn that he often ‘doubles’ the race. Having completed the Spine Race he simply had a break, turned around and did it all again. Yet speaking to Javed Bhatti, his attitude isn’t as crazy as it first seems.... Read More

20/03/2019
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In Memory of Tom Ballard 1988 – 2019

  On Thursday 7th March it was confirmed that British mountaineer Tom Ballard and Italian climber Daniele Nardi had lost their lives while attempting a first ascent of the Mummery Spur on Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. Numerous parties including the Base Camp support team, other mountaineering groups from across the region and the Pakistan Army did everything they could to locate the team after they went missing on Sunday 24th February. Early on Thursday, 7th March, another expedition team lead by Spanish climber Alex Txikon identified the bodies of both... Read More

LAKE BAIKAL WORLD RECORD | MONTANE 19/03/2019
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LAKE BAIKAL SPEED RECORD BROKEN

Scott Gilmour (GB) has set a new speed record for an unsupported crossing of Siberia’s frozen Lake Baikal, beating the record he set with team-mates Michael Stevenson and Rob Trigwell.   The Norway-based expedition guide, friend of Montane and organiser of the SPINE RACE covered a distance of around 640km (397 miles) in 11 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes, finishing just after 09:28am UTC on the 16th March. This has broken the existing record of 12 days 21 hours and 13 minutes set by Gilmour and his team-mates last... Read More

new trailblazer packs | montane 15/03/2019
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NEW: TRAILBLAZER PACKS

Introducing the Trailblazer packs – designed for fast-paced mountain adventures.  Whether it be done-in-a-day summit missions or multi-day fastpacking adventures, the Trailblazer will keep you moving just beyond your max. ABOVE: TRAILBLAZER 30.  CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO The innovative Montane® COVALENT harness delivers a customisable, body-hugging fit without restricting movement.  Available in 3 sizes; 18, 30 & 44L with ample storage capacity and a multitude of pockets, they offer easy access to hydration, food and essential kit while on the move. Features include: Composite construction; 210 D base panels, 70 D main body,... Read More