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becks ferry climbing and running | montane 30/03/2020
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Hot & Cold

Montane Ambassador Rebecca Ferry is an accomplished ultra marathon runner, and enjoyed a contradictory couple of months between refreshing mountaineering skills in quintessential Scottish weather, and competing in the 6-stage ultra the Costa Rica Coastal Challenge: I love a challenge, and what better way to start a new year than to embark upon two completely different ones. First up in January – a week of climbing and mountain skills in Scotland using Glen Coe in the Western Highlands as a base.  I’m told it is the best location in Scotland for reliable mountaineering snow... Read More

28/03/2020
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Montane Cheviot Goat 2019

On December 6th 2019, I drove from Bristol with my friend Will to run our first Goat. I have run several ultras, but this was going to be the longest and toughest one yet.  I was feeling a bit anxious about what I had let myself in for, running through a whole day was going to be a new experience. I had done minimal research into the event (ignorance is bliss) but thought that it sounded exciting and challenging, with the bonus of seeing a Cheviot Goat.  During a race... Read More

27/03/2020
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EVERLASTING DARKNESS – SURVIVING THE ICELANDIC WINTER

Iceland in wintertime is not for the faint-hearted. Trying to find motivation in the depths of winter has been unequivocally tough whilst working on the Langjökull ice cap– but with light just round the corner, and before the current lockdowns, Montane Ambassador Jessie Leong learned what it’s like to celebrate the coming of calmer weather with a trip to the south coast of Sólheimajökull for some ice climbing. For months, the honking great big beam of artificial light over the gravel yard has largely been the only source of light... Read More

TGO Magazine terra pants | montane 17/02/2020
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Versatility is its own Specialism

The Montane Terra Pants have once again been awarded ‘The Great Outdoors Magazine’s ‘Best Buy’ Rosette. Terra pants have been around for a while, but remain everyone’s go-to outdoor pant. We catch up with our product design and athlete teams to find out why. Since their introduction in 2001, the Terra Pants have been the mainstay outdoor pant for anyone wanting to do pretty much anything outdoors due to a comprehensive feature set. Their manifold construction, comprising of lightweight and breathable main fabric with durable reinforcement panels produces a low... Read More

run1000miles | montane 13/02/2020
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Run 1000 Miles in 2020

20 miles a week. Just over 32km. That’s all it takes to run 1000 miles in a year, and we have teamed up with Trail Running Magazine to help you achieve it. The challenge is straightforward. There’s no sign-up fee, no homework tasks and no commitment. All you really need is a pair of trainers to get started, and all Trail Running ask is that you set yourself the challenge and update them along the way. There’s a ready-made Facebook group full of RUN1000MILE-ers old and new, and the Trail... Read More

further faster podcast episode 19 John Kelly | montane 05/02/2020
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FURTHER. FASTER. PODCAST. EPISODE 19: John Kelly

Hello and welcome to Further, Faster in association with Montane. My name is Daniel Neilson and in these podcasts I speak to athletes, explorers, mountaineers and climbers and ask why they do what they do, why they put themselves through such strain. In this special episode I spoke to John Kelly. You may have heard of him recently, as he’s just won the Montane Spine Race, a non-stop 268-slog across the country, and generally regarded as one of the hardest endurance races in the world. And then you learn that John... Read More

2020 myau | montane 04/02/2020
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Thinning the Herd

The 2020 Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra has been in full force for the past 5 days. With it has been the usual race dramas; bad feet, cold, fatigue, and the will-they-won’t-they of dot-watching. Where this race differs is the scale of drama – the extreme cold (down to -35 last night) means that any issue, no matter how small, can become a game-changing race-finisher. Factor in the solitude and race-finishers can pose a severe risk to life. The MYAU is often billed as the ‘World’s Coldest Ultra’. This year another... Read More

extreme smock review | montane 27/01/2020
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OLD SCHOOL COOL

The utterly bombproof Extreme Smock featured as part of a ‘Pertex/Pile’ retrospective in The Great Outdoors Magazine recently. In the seasonal spirit of retrospection, we take a look at how this pivotal piece of technical outerwear came to prominence, why it still has its place in the modern outdoorsman’s wardrobe, and what the future holds in store for this simple yet effective technology: The combination of thick, heavy pile insulation under a breathable Pertex weather-resistant shell membrane first came about in the 80’s. They were warm, windproof, fast-wicking and quick-drying,... Read More

jayson cavill interview | montane 24/01/2020
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JAYSON’S SPINE

A quick interview with Montane Athlete Jayson Cavill about his spellbinding performance at this years’ Montane Spine Race touching on; tactics, kit, and – most imporantly – the spirit of racing. What was the thought process behind deciding to chase Kelly down? This didn’t really kick in until after the second night. Until then the focus had been getting as far along the course as possible and making sure I was in a position to even finish. Balancing this with moving well enough to stay in contention should things develop... Read More

day 6 of the spine race | montane 16/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Winners

John Kelly has won the 2020 edition of the Montane Spine Race, setting a new men’s course record as he did so. Winner Video: “Everything hurts” Kelly said when asked if he had anything to say about his win, whilst sitting in a large plant pot outside the Border Inn, “My body shut down at the final hut.  I wanted to push past it and finish, but I was cold and didn’t want to risk it after what happened to Eugenie last year. But then I warmed up and I... Read More