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20/03/2019
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In Memory of Tom Ballard 1988 – 2019

  On Thursday 7th March it was confirmed that British mountaineer Tom Ballard and Italian climber Daniele Nardi had lost their lives while attempting a first ascent of the Mummery Spur on Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. Numerous parties including the Base Camp support team, other mountaineering groups from across the region and the Pakistan Army did everything they could to locate the team after they went missing on Sunday 24th February. Early on Thursday, 7th March, another expedition team lead by Spanish climber Alex Txikon identified the bodies of both... 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

09/03/2019

Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi Search Ends

It is with great regret we report that Montane athlete and British mountaineer Tom Ballard and his Italian climbing partner Daniele Nardi have lost their lives whilst climbing Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. A rescue mission was launched on Wednesday 27th February after the Base Camp team had no contact with the pair since Sunday 24th February. Their last known position was somewhere around 6400m. Severe weather conditions, regional political tension and high avalanche risk over the past week hampered search efforts. Early on Thursday, 7th March, another expedition team lead... 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

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

myau 2019 | montane 24/01/2019
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MONTANE YUKON ARCTIC ULTRA: 16th EDITION

MYAU organisers look forward to edition #16 of the world’s coldest and toughest ultra.   Since 2003, the MYAU has been held every February along the Yukon Quest Trail – the route of the world’s toughest Sled Dog Race. A cumulative total of over 900 hardy souls have toed the start line in Whitehorse next to the Yukon River to cover their choice of four distances along this brutally cold and challenging trail, with marathon, 100, 300, or the full 430 mile course options available.  This year, 87 athletes from over... 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