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02/06/2016
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Marcus Scotney dominates 2016 Cape Wrath Ultra

8 days, 248 miles Over the last few years, the mountain running scene across the world has boomed, not least in the UK. Sky running, fell running, adventure racing and trail running, to name but a few have become widely recognised, both within the running community and in the media. Not content with taking part in half or full city marathons, runners are turning to the distinct challenges of off-road ultra distance races. Endurance races have seen numbers of entrants rise year on year. All 1,050 places on the 2015... Read More

22/04/2016
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Magnetic Mountains: The risk of adventure

This inspiring film follows the story of an everyman, who after falling from an Alpine north face, is struggling to find a balance. Featuring some of the biggest names in mountain sports and climbing, it will explore the psychology of risk taking in the mountains, asking, ‘is it worth it?’ Find out more here. Watch the official Magnetic Mountains trailer here: How can you be part of this? As a first time adventure filmmaker, Steve Wakeford, the man behind Magnetic Mountains, is proud of what’s been achieved so far.  And now you... Read More

05/04/2016
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Montane athlete Sally Fawcett runs the Fling

After a brilliant year in 2015, where Sally was fortunate to race for Great Britain at the Trail World Championships in Annecy, she was looking forward to 2016 to back up that selection, and put into practice what she had learned through some great recent ultra and fell races. She had run the Fling in 2014 so knew when it was announced as the British Ultra Trail Championships for 2016, the course suited her but there were areas from 2 years ago she had to work on. Even though, in 2014, she finished 2nd female in... Read More

01/03/2016
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A line above the sky: Tom Ballard

Montane’s Tom Ballard has recently claimed a prodigious new dry tooling style (DTS) route, A line above the sky, in the Dolomites. If confirmed, the D15 grade ascent will be the hardest such route in the world. For a DTS route, the climber must not use any figure of fours or figure of nine moves, third grips on an ice axe or extend ice tools. Complex footwork is required and is believed to make the climbing more challenging, interesting and ‘pure’. A line above the sky is located at Tomorrow’s World – a cave at... Read More

25/02/2016
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From the highest mountain to the coldest race in the world

ontane’s Jon Gupta switches from his usual mountaineering focus to participate in the foot category of the 300 mile Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. His experiences of this incredible race are below. In 2012 I turned back just 500m below the summit of Peak Lenin in Kyrgyzstan (7,134m). After 14 days on the mountain I had come so close but walked away completely empty handed and it really hurt. My summit record was previously unblemished and foolishly I hadn’t even considered that we wouldn’t succeed on Lenin. During the days that... Read More

05/02/2016
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Remembering the Tor des Géants

As we celebrate our announcement of becoming headline sponsor of the world famous Tor des Géants, Montane athlete Jenn Gaskell remembers her own experiences of this iconic ultra race in 2014. That year Jenn placed 1st woman under 30; 6th woman; 88th overall in a teriffic race. She is looking forward to taking on the 2016 field this September. In a sunny meadow full of wildflowers on that second afternoon, I crumpled to my knees at breaking point. Less than 50 miles into this brutal 205 mile beast and it was already... Read More

04/02/2016
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Jon Gupta to tackle Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra

Montane athlete and mountain climber Jon Gupta has entered this year’s 300 mile race category in the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. In the frozen Canadian wilderness of the Yukon at 10:30am (Yukon time) Thursday 4 February 2016, 84 intrepid racers will cross the start line of the world’s toughest and coldest ultra race, the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. Categories this year include marathon distance, 100 and 300 mile races. Jon Gupta from Bristol and one of Montane’s long-standing athletes will take part in the 300 mile race on foot. It is the first time... Read More

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Sally Fawcett hits the ground running

Team Montane’s Sally Fawcett hits the ground running in this year’s Frostbite 30. I’ve done the Frostbite 30 the 2 previous years, and although the course changes each year I was familiar with parts of the route and knew we were in for mud and lots of it! This years course was 34 miles and at 1,600m ascent involved more climbing than previously, that would suit me nicely. There was torrential rain throughout the night but fortunately it had eased by race morning. We did set off in a heavy... Read More

02/12/2015
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“Plans are useless but planning is indispensable” – Dwight D Eisenhower

Team Montane athletes Simon Yearsley & Malcolm Bass offer their tips on how to plan successful, regular winter route dates. #WinterClimbing The biggest obstacle to getting winter routes done is the rest of our lives. Work. Love. Family. Christmas. Houses. Skiing. The second biggest, and far more frustrating, is our climbing partners’ lives. Of course we have our priorities in exactly the right order. But as for them, well they slew wildly between obsessive fanaticism and a total lack of commitment to the cause. Stating the obvious: you can’t climb... Read More

27/11/2015
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Winter is coming

Team Montane athletes Malcolm Bass & Simon Yearsley prepare for some good old fashioned climbing and exploring this winter. The first flights of snow have fallen on our hills. Late autumnal storms are battering the west. The sun has lost its warmth. For lovers of winter the pulse is quickening: the object of our desire is suddenly within reach. By walking or running in the hills, every winter’s day can be enjoyed for what it is. Scudding black hail squalls whipping along the ridge, or the calm of muffling, moistening... Read More