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10/06/2019
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UNCLIMBED PEAKS

Imagine an overhead map of the Himalaya marked with mountaineering routes. The thicker it is, the more people have attempted it. You’d see Everest as a broad red line. Even wider lines would travel up the ‘trekking peaks’ of Island Peak (6,189m), Mera Peak (6,476m), Tent Peak (5,663m) and Yala Peak (5,700m). Like the great Scottish Munros, the highest, the easiest and the most accessible get climbed most. Without seeing through the window of a Bombardier Dash 8, it’s hard to imagine the scale of the Himalaya. Within the range... Read More

jesse dufton | montane 05/06/2019
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JESSE DUFTON: FIRST BLIND LEAD ASCENT OF OLD MAN OF HOY

Montane supported GB Para Climber Jesse Dufton successfully completes the first blind lead ascent of the Old Man of Hoy. Jesse Dufton (red) lead climbing the bold 4th pitch as time became an increasing factor for the team (©Alastair Lee/Brit Rock Film Tour 2019) At 22:10 on 4th June Jesse Dufton and sighted partner Molly Thompson made history when they summited the Old Man of Hoy – Jesse was the first blind person to lead the 450ft Old Red Sandstone seastack. “I did it! A clean onsight lead of the... Read More

29/05/2019
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JESSE DUFTON TO CLIMB ‘OLD MAN OF HOY’ WITH MONTANE

Montane lends support to GB Para Climber Jesse Dufton for the first blind lead ascent of the Old Man of Hoy. Jesse Dufton climbing The Sloth (HVS 5a) at The Roaches – described as “…simply incomparable to anything else I’ve seen in climbing” by Neil Gresham. Jesse Dufton is a member of the GB Paraclimbing Team. He is also blind and won the 2018 National Indoor Climbing Championships (B1 Category). A highly experienced climber and mountaineer, Jesse has climbed since he was young, and now leads trad with the help... Read More

21/05/2019
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PROJECT 321: TIM’S DIARY 14-21.05.19

A change of plan sets the scene for a potential ‘summitfest’ in the slow-motion world of ultra-high altitude. 14.05.19   14:25  Not the result I hoped for but we are down & safe which is the main thing. 18:04  Well, a variety of factors played out against us today on Nuptse. Despite breaking trail & fixing a bunch of rope yesterday (in pretty challenging conditions) the trail had all but disappeared and the ropes were buried under fresh snow. The difficult became even more challenging. The route, as we were already aware, is... Read More

kokopelli trail fkt | montane 20/05/2019
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Kevin Hadfield Sets Fastest Known Time on Kokopelli Trail

Ahead of this years’ Tor des Géants, Montane athlete Kevin Hadfield has not been resting on his laurels.  Rounding off a family holiday with an FKT of the 140 mile Kokopelli Trail, he had to deal with extremes of temperature similar to the TOR, and finishing with a result that will hold him in good stead for the 330 km of Alpine terrain.   I’m happy and sad all at once. I’m psyched to have finished the Kokopelli but sad that it’s not been a shared experience. I’d spent all... Read More

Project 321 | montane 13/05/2019
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PROJECT 321: TIM’S DIARY 06-13.05.19

Tim begins his big push towards Nuptse 06.05.19 08:45  So … now that the ropes have been fixed to The South Col it’s time for teams to start establishing C3 and their S Col camps. But not yet, as the weather has put things on hold for the moment.  Tents, gas, food, oxygen, stoves, and equipment will be ferried up the Lhotse Face whilst team members complete their second rotation or, if they’ve done that already, they’ll be resting up.  Once the winds above the S Col abate the fixing team... Read More

Project 321 | montane 05/05/2019
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PROJECT 321: TIM’S DIARY 29.04.-05.05.19

This week weather plagues the expedition, and Tim finally announces PROJECT 321’s complete objectives. 29.04.19 10:38  Here’s a pano that I took a couple of years back showing the Lhotse Face and all the way back down The Western Cwm  This year the Lhotse Face is looking quite icy at the moment … the snow from last week having been blown away.  Currently it’s fixed up to upper Camp 3 but the Climbing Sherpa fixing team will be trying to forge ahead over the next few days to The South Col... Read More

28/04/2019
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JORDAN WYLIE’S 15x15x15: DAY FIFTEEN – DARTMOOR

15 Marathons in 15 Days in the 15 National Parks of the United Kingdom complete! Thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored me, so grateful to all of you for helping make a difference. If you would like to add a few pennies to the pot here is the link: https://www.givepenny.com/national-parks-marathon-challenge- Day 1.           Day 2.          Day 3.          Day 4.          Day 5.          Day 6.          Day 7.     ... Read More

project 321 | montane 28/04/2019
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PROJECT 321: TIM’S DIARY 21.04.-28.04.19

21.04.19 05:58  I think this lot should suffice for a couple of nights on the hill.  On the hill we often suffer from a loss of appetite which is perverse when we’re burning so much energy. So I tend to go for snacks rather than meals. 13:28  After a mostly cloudy day we’ve just been granted a final glimpse of Nuptse.  Great views … but it’s chuffing freezing.  Time for dinner and then bed. 22.04.19 07:47  What do you do on a rest day when you’re at Everest Base Camp? Well, it starts... Read More

Jordan wylie | MONTANE 26/04/2019
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JORDAN WYLIE’S 15x15x15: DAY THIRTEEN – SNOWDONIA

Day 12 took me to Snowdonia National Park in Wales, the last of the Welsh 3! Situated on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is a living working area, home to over 26,000 people. Day 1.           Day 2.          Day 3.          Day 4.          Day 5.          Day 6.          Day 7.          Day 8.         ... Read More