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Athletes

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

27/11/2015
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Climbing Prodigy Tom Ballard Joins the Montane Team

We are pleased to announce that one of Europe’s most exciting young climbers has joined the Montane athlete team. Tom Ballard, 26, joins the company off the back of a remarkable achievement to become the first person to solo climb all six major faces of the Alps in one winter, a feat known as ‘Starlight and Storm’. Tom enjoys most of his climbing alone, and especially in the Italian Dolomites where he is currently based with his father. He has completed more than 250 routes in the area, including many winter ascents.... Read More

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The Accidental Ultra Runner – Interview with Jenn Gaskell

Meet Jenn Gaskell: although this 24 year old’s day job is working on a mathematical physics PhD at the University of Nottingham, she has quietly been nurturing a career as a budding ultra-runner after entering her first running competition on a whim whilst mountaineering.  This ‘whim’ turned out to be a turning point for Jenn however, and she was soon entering more and more races and at gradually longer distances, proving that you don’t have to start running from the get-go to succeed. We sat down with the Team Montane member to... Read More

20/07/2015
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An attempt of Janahut

In late May and June 2014 Team Montane members Malcolm Bass and Simon Yearsley made an attempt on the unclimbed Janahut (6,805m). This peak is at the head of the Gangotri glacier and has defied four previous attempts. Janahut was their third choice objective for the trip, having originally sought and been refused permission for Rimo III. Their secondary objective was Chaukhamba IV however once on site, it became clear that in prevailing snow conditions all routes up were unsafe, so the pair obtained permission to attempt Janahut in the... Read More

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Marcus Scotney’s 7 deadly sins

With 7 weeks to go before the Montane Lakeland 100 & 50, ultra distance runner & Team Montane member Marcus Scotney takes some time to talk through race prep for brave participants. The seven deadly sins of the Montane Lakeland 50/100 Brothers and sisters, with seven weeks to go before the Montane Lakeland 100 or 50, I want us to reflect not only on preparing our bodies with the disciplined training we are doing, but also on preparing our minds on the vices and cardinal sins that can beseech us. Let us not... Read More