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Wim Stevenson

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

14/03/2019
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UPDATED: FAST ALPINE 40L CLIMBING PACK

The FAST ALPINE 40 pack – for half a decade the go-to pack for the discerning climber and mountaineer interested in maximum efficiency and robust, intuitive design – has been updated for this spring/summer. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO Drawing upon extensive testing and feedback with Montane athletes and leading British mountain guides, the Fast Alpine 40’s design has been improved to enhance functionality. New updates include: Asymmetric bivi opening with Cord Lord quick release adjustment and bivi flap Extendable and removable lid Low profile wand pockets Off-centre Click and... Read More

trail running magazine trailblazer 30 | montane 05/03/2019
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TRAIL RUNNING MAGAZINE: TRAILBLAZER 30 NEAR PERFECT SCORE

Jen and Sim Benson recently reviewed the Trailblazer 30 as part of a large-scale fastpacking pack test. The Trailblazer 30 was the largest pack in-test.  However, its efficient use of intuitive features and fantastic back/harness system allowed it to stand out amongst the pack: “The brand new Trailblazer has an adjustable back system offering a great fit across a range of sizes.  The 30 L capacity makes it perfect for longer adventures and the well-designed features allow you to keep kit organised and nutrition within easy reach.  The stiffened back... Read More

myau official videos | montane 26/02/2019
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MONTANE YUKON ARCTIC ULTRA: OFFICIAL VIDEOS

The videos of this years race have provided an invaluable insight into the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, showing in unprecedented detail the grit of the competitors, and the beautiful and unforgiving nature of the environment they have to survive in.   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Click image to read the Race Directors’ Report:

myau race directors report | montane 25/02/2019
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MONTANE YUKON ARCTIC ULTRA: 16th REPORT

Thoughts and reflections on this years’ race from Race Director Robert Pollhammer. After the race I often get asked if I am happy about how things went. Knowing that everyone is safe, the answer is “yes, I am happy”. However, I also always think about the athletes who were not able to reach their respective finish lines. To all those who had no luck this time I want to say that it was great to have you with us. Whatever the reasons were that you could not continue, I hope... Read More

iridium hoodie review | montane 24/02/2019
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IRIDIUM HOODIE WIN’S TRAIL MAGAZINE “BEST IN TEST”

Versatile hoodie wins prestigious ‘Best In Test’ from TRAIL Magazine: Our Iridium Hoodie was recently given to Jon Bennett of TRAIL MAGAZINE as part of a group test. “An excellent, well-designed, comfortable, mid-weight stretchable fleece with a useful chest pocket and hood for use when active on cooler days.” Features such as its intuitively-placed pockets – including the third GPS-sized chest pocket – and fully complimented front zip, were praised for their usability. What impressed most was the Iridium Hoodie‘s more passive features; the Pontetorto Technostretch’s external ceramic print, and the... Read More

nanga parbat in mummery's shadow vol 4 | montane 18/02/2019
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NANGA PARBAT: Mummery Winter 4

Patience is a virtue.  What’s the hardest part of an expedition? The acclimatisation, the load carrying, the cold, digging out buried camps? No. The hardest part of an expedition is the waiting. Sitting around on your duff, stuffing your face full of rice, going to relieve yourself of said rice, sleeping. < vol. 3 I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately, trying to drown out the negative thoughts floating maliciously inside my mind. Basecamp life is fairly predictable: First breakfast, anywhere between 7.30am and 9am, depending on what... Read More

tom ballard nanga parbat winter 3 | montane 31/01/2019
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NANGA PARBAT: Mummery Winter 3

Sometimes a few days of bad weather can be a good thing, allowing you to rest with a clear conscience. But when it snows over a metre in 24 hours, you’re wishing for clear skies once again. Even if it means that you have to actually go climbing! < vol. 2 Breaking the first part of the trail was hard work. We didn’t descend onto the glacier because of avalanche danger. The next day we easily followed our nicely made path and then down onto the glacier. Crossing this in... Read More

further faster podcast episode ten | montane 25/01/2019
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FURTHER. FASTER. PODCAST – EPISODE 10 Damian Hall

Welcome to Further Faster, in association with Montane. In these podcasts, present Daniel Neilson talks to ultra athletes, explorers and mountaineers to discover how they do what they do and, most importantly, why. In this episode, Daniel chats to Damian Hall. You may have come across him before. He’s a journalist and ultra runner. He’s positioned highly in the Montane Spine Race and the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc, about which a film called Underdog was made. Most recently, with his teammate Beth Pascall, they achieved the fastest known time... Read More