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15/12/2017

How to be an Alien – Tom Ballard Trip Report

Since I returning from a largely unsuccessful (in climbing terms) expedition in Pakistan I have spent almost two months in the fabulous Dolomites. Although the weather was rather unusual, October being warmer than September! I concentrated on getting ‘tooling’ fit for the fast approaching winter season. This consisted of a 20m overhanging traverse and several circuits. All on rock. I don’t use crampons, to make it more difficult to keep my feet on (muddy boots), and gives a little extra work out for the arms and the core. Of course... Read More

08/12/2017
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COMPETE VS COMPLETE: REFLECTIONS FROM THE BACK OF THE FIRST MONTANE CHEVIOT GOAT WINTER ULTRA

The very first Montane Cheviot Goat Winter Ultra took place at 05:30 on Saturday 2 December 2017 in Northumberland. Wim Stevenson was on the start line and ultimately completed the course, finishing in 21:54:26. He gives us his unique perspective of this epic ultra endurance race. Ultra-marathon running is a lot of things. It is also not a lot of things. The premise is brutally simple; get from A to B without giving up. For a select few, giving up could equate to a matter of moments and mean the... Read More

08/12/2017
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BIG HEARTS AND STRONG MINDS: THE FIRST MONTANE CHEVIOT GOAT WINTER ULTRA

The very first Montane Cheviot Goat Winter Ultra took place at 05:30 on Saturday 2 December 2017. With 85 competitors on the start line at Ingram, Northumberland, the atmosphere was quiet, focused and tense. In the darkness at 05:30 on Saturday 2 December, the remote village of Ingram in Northumberland finds itself playing host to 85 determined ultra runners. With race registration opening the day before, runners have passed the stringent kit checks, safety briefing and have exchanged words of camaraderie with fellow participants. While shorter races centre on a... Read More

27/11/2017
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INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR MONTANE FILMS PSYCHO VERTICAL & MAGNETIC MOUNTAINS

Portraying the determination, sweat and often personal sacrifice that comes with climbing and mountaineering is a challenging subject. Yet two Montane sponsored films ‘Psycho Vertical’ and ‘Magnetic Mountains’ have done just that, gaining international plaudits at Banff Mountain Film Festival and Graz Mountain Film Festival respectively. At the start of November, Montane athlete Andy Kirkpatrick raised the curtain on his documentary film Psycho Vertical. Playing at a sold-out world premiere at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada, Psycho Vertical wowed audience members by its sheer honesty and ‘warts and... Read More

27/11/2017

Jen Scotney Vlog 5 – October Training

October saw Jen complete over 44,000ft of ascent in 251miles of training for the Montane Spine Challenger Race in January. Wet and windy conditions can’t stop the determined Jen smashing out some great runs, highlights include: Edale Skyline (plus extra miles on Win Hill) Recce run 24miles of the Dark Peak 30 Dark Peaks 30 Ultra (4th Female) Jen Scotney is a Montane Ambassador. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter and Youtube

24/11/2017
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From the Archive – First ascent: Mt Gangstang’s North West ridge

Back in 2016 Team Montane climber Malcolm Bass and climbing partner Guy Buckingham made the first ascent of the beautiful NW Ridge of Gangstang in the Himachal Pradesh Himalaya. They reached the summit on the 9 June 2016 and descended to base camp the next day completing a five-day round trip. We’ve delved into our archive and pulled out extra photos of this brilliant expedition. The headwater of the Thirot Nala – image by Anshul Soni. Gangstang is a classically pyramidal peak which is reminiscent of the Matterhorn. It was... Read More

24/11/2017
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DOUBLE WIN FOR ALPINE EQUALISER JACKET

Outdoor Enthusiast‘s Winter 2017 issue contains some exciting news for our men’s and women’s Alpine Equaliser Jackets.   In a softshell jackets round-up, the Alpine Equaliser Jacket won three out of four possible awards. Testing by Dan Aspel and Jen Roberts centered around breathability, comfort and use in high intensity activities in colder, windier conditions. In the men’s category, Dan found that the Men’s Alpine Equaliser Jacket offered ‘a host of pleasing details and features to enjoy’, from the fabric and lining, to the size of the pockets. He was particularly... Read More

22/11/2017

Jen Scotney Vlog 4 – OMM

Montane Athlete Jen Scotney took part in the Long Score at the Lake District OMM as part of her training for the Montane Spine Challenger race in January 2018. In the latest vlog Jen and her husband Marcus take you along on this windy and wet weekend of racing. Jen is wearing the Spine jacket, the Fireball Verso Pull-On, and using the VIA Dragon 20 pack.    

16/11/2017

Montane at Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival an award-winning festival that brings together outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, explorers and inspirational speakers every year to share adventures and celebrate the outdoors. This year we are proud to have not one but two films screening their UK Premieres at the event. Psychovertical Based on his best-selling auto-biography Psycho Vertical, this is a raw and emotive portrait of the complex life and motivations of writer, funny-man and Britain’s unlikeliest hero-mountaineer, Andy Kirkpatrick, woven into an 18 day solo ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite. When: Premieres on Friday 17th... Read More

15/11/2017

Christmas Season Delivery Dates 2017

Montane products make the perfect gift for the keen mountaineer, scrambler and runner in the family. Ensure your gifts are delivered on time with the information below. DPD Delivery For delivery to the UK the last order day is Tuesday 19th December, for delivery to the highlands and islands we recommend a few days in advance of this to be on the safe side. Deliveries to the EU should be ordered by Friday 15th December, some countries take longer than others you can see For more information visit the DPD website... Read More