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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

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

24/01/2019
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MONTANE YUKON ARCTIC ULTRA: JAVED BHATTI

Javed is an enigmatic Ultra Runner who has been achieving extraordinary feats of endurance over his running career.  On February 3rd he will begin the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra – a 430 mile ultra marathon, and has teamed up with the vibrant new Podcast ‘PE For GrownUps’ to document his journey. <More information about the MYAU Race Javed has also ‘doubled’ many UK ultra events- getting to the end and going back the whole distance, or getting there early and doing the race once before it starts, then going again. He... Read More

arctic ultra clothing | montane 24/01/2019
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MONTANE YUKON ARCTIC ULTRA: FAVOURITE KIT

Running 430 miles through the Yukon Arctic is no mean feat.  Having clothing that is fit for purpose will make all the difference: warm yet breathable, light and packable yet tough enough to survive the temperatures.  Simple, intuitive features are preferred to increase efficiency and usability when cold and fatigue takes hold. Javed has tested and tweaked his clothing system over the course of months.  In December 2018, he ran the 55-mile Montane Cheviot Goat Ultra twice back-to-back, in an attempt to replicate the levels of exhaustion he would be... Read More

2019 spine challenger kit list | montane 21/01/2019
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JEN SCOTNEY: SPINE CHALLENGER KIT

Montane Athlete Jen Scotney finished the 2019 Montane Spine Challenger in 3rd place.  Here she talks through her kit selection. Click here to read Jen’s SPINE CHALLENGER report The challenge of this race was clearly the wet, wild, cold weather, with only one chance to pick up dry kit at Hebden. The outstanding piece of kit for me was my Prismatic Jacket – I put it on under my Spine Jacket when I was cold at 30 miles and it was instance warmth. It then kept me warm and dry... Read More

21/01/2019
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JEN SCOTNEY: SPINE CHALLENGER 2019

When is a DNF (Did Not Finish) acceptable for you? What red lines have to be crossed before you can make that decision to pull out of a race without regrets? For me, I usually think it would be an injury that could impact on future races, or create long term difficulties if I carried on, that would make the decision for me. That would be acceptable in my mind to pull out and mentally know it just couldn’t have carried on. A sensible, even if still disappointing, DNF. But... Read More

spine race day 7 report | montane 18/01/2019
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MONTANE SPINE RACE – FRIDAY 18TH

As the Montane Spine Race enters its sixth night, Shelli Gordon completes her 268 mile tribute to her former partner and takes second place in the women’s race with the time of 128h 26m 50s. Pre-Race    Day 1    Day2     Day3     Day4    Day5    Day6    Day7    Day8    Day9 Gordon entered the Montane Spine Race to raise awareness of and raise funds for CALM, The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a movement against male suicide.  When asked about training for the race she said, “The build up was hard.... Read More

martin hartley further faster podcast | montane 20/12/2018
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FURTHER. FASTER. PODCAST. EPISODE 9

Click the above image to download Welcome to Further, Faster, in association with Montane. My name is Daniel Neilson and in these podcasts, I talk to ultra athletes, explorers and mountaineers to discover how they do what they do and why. In this episode, we talk to Martin Hartley. Martin could be described as a professional photographer. But that doesn’t do him justice. He could be described as a polar explorer, but again, that doesn’t really cover what he does. His photos have appeared in The New York Times and... Read More

katy parrott mt kazbek blog | montane 19/12/2018
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KATY PARROTT: MT KAZBEK

As an Army Reservist, it’s not all camouflage, crawling through mud and press ups. Of course, there is a lot of that, but there are also opportunities to develop yourself through adventurous training – something we call AT (everything has an acronym in the military).  During my 2 years serving as a reservist I have been fortunate enough to wangle myself on to 4 mountaineering trips already; ski-touring in the French Alps, trekking in the Caucasus Mountains, winter mountaineering skills in the Scottish Highlands, and most recently a high-altitude expedition... Read More

Antonia Bolingbroke-kent Prismatic Review | montane 07/12/2018
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Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent: Prismatic Review

This autumn, amidst the throes of an ‘oh my god I’m going to be f-f-forty’ mid-life crisis I decided the only thing for it was to go for a stroll in Georgia’s High Caucasus. Picture and Words by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, follow her on Twitter and Instagram For ten days I walked through the wild mountains of Svaneti, a crucible of forested hills and jagged peaks clinging to the southern shoulders of Europe’s highest peaks. There were thundering rivers, lung-busting 3000 metre passes, rain, a dusting of early snow and forests... Read More