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17/10/2017
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BMC and Montane in a New Partnership

We are excited to announce a new partnership between Montane and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), with Montane officially recognised as the BMC’s Recommended Clothing and Pack Partner. This partnership allows us to actively support the vital work undertaken by the BMC and gives Montane a strong platform to engage with the British climbing, mountaineering and hillwalking communities. Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO said: “We’re excited to welcome Montane on board as our recommended clothing and pack partner. Montane is an independent British brand with an established reputation. Their involvement not... Read More

16/10/2017
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From the BMC – How to be hill fit: 12 tips to stay fast

The best way to prepare yourself for the hills is to get out in the hills. But what if you can only get out once a month? Running guide Sarah Ridgway reveals her secrets to staying fast. Simply, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the hills; but there is no quick fix. John developed a consistent approach, set goals, and built it into his life. It doesn’t matter where you live: get moving on a regular basis, safely increase effort to build fitness, avoid high monotony (same... Read More

16/10/2017
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From the BMC – All set for an early sunset?

Since the clocks go back this month, suddenly the Sunday evening sunset will arrive significantly earlier. It’s easy to be caught out. So to help, let’s shine a light on some steps you should take to avoid being unexpectedly out in the dark on the hills. In the UK, the clocks go back one hour at 2 am on the last Sunday in October, which is 29th October this year. It’s probably no coincidence that it’s also the time of year when many mountain rescue teams report an increase in... Read More

Midi-Plan ridge 16/10/2017
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From the BMC – Winter Climbing, Cold Goals

What will this winter bring? Are you thinking of stepping up your grade and going for that dream classic – or perhaps you’re secretly hankering after a new route? Whatever your aspirations, we all know that UK winters are very fickle –you need to stack the odds in your favour. Andy Turner explains more. Check conditions If the climb’s not ‘in’ then you can forget everything else, so you need to do your homework to discover what conditions are best for your target. Ice routes take the longest to come... Read More

18/09/2017
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MONTANE TOR DES GÉANTS DAYS 6 & 7 AND TOT DRET DAY 3

Race: Montane Tor des Géants Confirmed leaderboard: Men 1st = Javi Dominguez (ES) 67:52:15 [new course record] 2nd = Oliviero Bosatelli (IT) 69:16:19 3rd = Andrea Macchi (IT) 74:51:14 Women 1st = Lisa Borzani (IT) 89:40:24 2nd = Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros Garrote (ES) 97:43:06 3rd = Marina Plavan (IT) 106:29:21             The Montane Tor des Géants drew to a triumphant close on Sunday 17 September 2017 with the finish of the final competitor, Malaysia’s Seow Kong Ng in 152:40:29. Welcomed back to Courmayeur with flags, standing ovations, music,... Read More

15/09/2017
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MONTANE TOR DES GÉANTS DAY 5 & TOT DRET DAY 2

Date: Thursday 14 September 2017 Race: Montane Tor des Géants Race leaderboard at the start of day 5: Men 1st = Javi Dominguez (ES) 67:52:15 [new course record] 2nd = Oliviero Bosatelli (IT) 69:16:19 3rd = Andrea Macchi (IT) 74:51:14 Women 1st = Lisa Borzani (IT) 89:40:24 2nd = Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros Garrote (ES) 97:43:06 3rd = Marina Plavan (IT) 106:29:21             With the Montane Tor des Géants male contenders having arrived in Courmayeur yesterday and first woman Lisa Borzani, the race is on for 2nd and 3rd... Read More

14/09/2017
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MONTANE TOR DES GÉANTS DAY 4 & TOT DRET DAY 1

Date: Wednesday 13 September 2017 Race: Montane Tor des Géants Race leaderboard at the start of day 4: Men 1st = Javi Dominguez (ES) 67:52:15 [new course record] 2nd = Oliviero Bosatelli (IT) 69:16:19 3rd = Andrea Macchi (IT) 74:51:14 Women 1st = Lisa Borzani (IT) 89:40:24 2nd = Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros Garrote (ES) 3rd = Stephanie Case (PL)           A dramatic day for the Montane Tor des Géants (TDG). In the beautiful yet brutal Aosta Valley, nothing is certain and this year’s race is no exception. The first... Read More

13/09/2017
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MONTANE TOR DES GÉANTS: DAY 3

Date: Tuesday 12 September 2017 Race leaderboard at the start of day 3: Men 1st = Franco Collé (IT) 2nd = Javi Dominguez (ES) 3rd = Oliviero Bosatelli (IT) Women 1st = Lisa Borzani (IT) 2nd = Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros Garrote (ES) 3rd = Stephanie Case (PL)           Day 3 of the Montane Tor des Géants (TDG) is when predictions for the leaderboard start to become more accurate. It is usually the day that the first runner is in sight of the finish in Courmayeur. From... Read More

12/09/2017
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MONTANE TOR DES GÉANTS: DAY 2

Date: Monday 11 September 2017 Race leaderboard at the start of day 2: Men 1st = Javi Dominguez (ES) 2nd = Franco Collé (IT) 3rd = Peter Kienzl (IT) Women 1st = Lisa Borzani (IT) 2nd = Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros Garrote (ES) 3rd = Raffaella Miravalle (IT)           Day of the Montane Tor des Géants (TDG) is considered the hardest day, encompassing high ascents such as Col Entrelor (3,002m), Col Loson (3,299m) and Fenêtre di Champorcher (2,827m). The major lifestations are Cogne (66 miles / 106.2km)... Read More

11/09/2017
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MONTANE TOR DES GÉANTS: PRE-START & DAY 1

Location: Courmayeur, Italy. Date: Sunday 10 September 2017 The 8th edition of the beautiful yet brutal Montane Tor des Géants (TDG) is finally here! It is Sunday 10 September and athletes, families and supporters, Volontors, race marshals, presenters, organisers, spectators, safety teams, sponsors, photographers and more have descended on Courmayeur at the southern side of Mont Blanc in anticipation. According to the official count, 867 competitors will line up at 10am on the start line in the centre of the bustling Italian town. Combined with the inaugural Tot Dret (a... Read More