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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

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Scott Gilmour (GB) has set a new speed record for an unsupported crossing of Siberia’s frozen Lake Baikal, beating the record he set with team-mates Michael Stevenson and Rob Trigwell.   The Norway-based expedition guide, friend of Montane and organiser of the SPINE RACE covered a distance of around 640km (397 miles) in 11 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes, finishing just after 09:28am UTC on the 16th March. This has broken the existing record of 12 days 21 hours and 13 minutes set by Gilmour and his team-mates last... Read More


FURTHER. FASTER. Podcast Ep11 – Science at Extremes with Dr Melanie Windridge

Click on the image or below to listen   In this edition we speak with Dr Melanie Windridge, she describes herself as a speaker and a writer… with a taste for adventure. Also, she is currently a plasma physicist working in fusion energy. This combined with a healthy obsession with the Northern Lights has led to her to write the groundbreaking book ‘Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights’. Melanie also has a blog called ‘Science At Extremes’ which led from her successful Everest expedition where she took a distinctly... Read More

trail running magazine trailblazer 30 | montane 05/03/2019
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Jen and Sim Benson recently reviewed the Trailblazer 30 as part of a large-scale fastpacking pack test. The Trailblazer 30 was the largest pack in-test.  However, its efficient use of intuitive features and fantastic back/harness system allowed it to stand out amongst the pack: “The brand new Trailblazer has an adjustable back system offering a great fit across a range of sizes.  The 30 L capacity makes it perfect for longer adventures and the well-designed features allow you to keep kit organised and nutrition within easy reach.  The stiffened back... Read More

myau official videos | montane 26/02/2019
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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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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

myau 2019 | montane 24/01/2019
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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



Javed is an enigmatic Ultra Runner who has been achieving extraordinary feats of endurance over his running career.  On February 3rd he will begin the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra – a 430 mile ultra marathon, and has teamed up with the vibrant new Podcast ‘PE For GrownUps’ to document his journey. <More information about the MYAU Race Javed has also ‘doubled’ many UK ultra events- getting to the end and going back the whole distance, or getting there early and doing the race once before it starts, then going again. He... Read More