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Chilling 2 MACC Fund Expedition | montane 06/11/2018
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ZANKSAR: Chilling II – A MACC Fund sponsored Expedition

June 2018 saw a small team head to the Lalung Valley in the Zanskar Himalaya to make an attempt on the unclimbed North face of Chiling II (referred to erroneously elsewhere as Z2).  The expedition was led by Alex Mathie, climbing with Matthew Harle. We were supported by big load specialist (high-altitude porter) Karma, dal baht extraordinaire (cook) Narish and first-time LO Jai. Matthew Harle wearing his Icarus Flight insulation and Alpine Stretch Pants We established base camp at the toe of the Lalung glacier at 4200m on 9th June with assistance from local porters. The following day, we established an advanced base camp in... Read More

mulung tokpo MACC Fund Expedition | montane 05/11/2018
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MULUNG TOPKO: A MACC Fund Expedition

Alpine Club member and past VP Derek Buckle writes of the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund supported expedition to Mulung Tokpo with the aim of exploring and summiting unclimbed peaks of the Mulung Glacier in the Zanksar region of India During the period between 30th August and 29th September 2018 six members of the Alpine Club flew to New Delhi prior to joining their Liaison Officer, Manu Verma, and continuing on to Leh in Ladakh at 3,500m. With such an altitude gain the team spent two days acclimatising in and around... Read More

Further. Faster. Podcast. Episode 7 - Katy Parrott | Montane 02/11/2018
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FURTHER. FASTER. PODCAST – EPISODE 7

Welcome to the Further. Faster. Podcast, in association with Montane, the FREE podcast that asks ultra athletes, mountaineers and adventurers the why and the how of what they do. CLICK THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD This month we talk to Katy Parrott. Participation in the BBC programme Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week changed Katy’s life for the better, and has since been described as ‘Tinkerbell crossed with the Terminator’. Her immense, well-rounded fitness marries seamlessly with a nose for adventure and an iron will, enabling her to cross disciplines such as... Read More

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JEN SCOTNEY: THE AFTERMATH

He’s had a tough year for running, with things not going his way, so it was such a relief to get that result of second overall and first vet. I’ll forgive him for the demands and orders he barked from the sofa that night, with ‘I ran too you know’ being muttered under my breath only a couple of times! But a positive is despite the 40 miles and 6800ft of ascent I wasn’t stiff or too tired after the race. I think I finished 27th -top third, and so yes, I... Read More

Sarah Rowell at the 51st OMM | Montane 01/11/2018
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SARAH ROWELL: 51st ORIGINAL MOUNTAIN MARATHON

The last weekend in October for most people means an extra hour in bed as the clocks go back; more importantly for 2,000 or so mountain people, it means the OMM weekend.  Two days of working in pairs, looking after yourself, finding checkpoints and hopefully making it back to the overnight campsite or event centre each day before it is either dark or the courses close. This latter point had resonance, as last year at the event’s 50th anniversary we (along with the majority of other teams) had failed to... Read More

jen scotney cappadocia ultra aftermath | Montane 01/11/2018
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JEN SCOTNEY: THE AFTERMATH

I finished in just under 9 and half hours. Amazing that Marcus had done that 4 hours quicker and then gone on to the second loop. I got my medal and fleece. I then got chatting to a English runner Jaqui who had finished just before me, and I saw that Marcus was second at last checkpoint which was a great result if he could hold it. It got dark and began to rain as I waited for him, and shared his joy as he crossed the line. 1  TRAINING ... Read More

jen scotney races the cappadocia ultra | montane 31/10/2018
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JEN SCOTNEY: THE RACE

We set off with the 120km runners and wound up through the steep streets out of the town. I had actually started nearish the front so a few people were coming past me, yet I was going past others that walked the hill. We soon turned off the road and started the next 39 miles of dusty winding trails which made for an absolutely stunning race. There were a few bottlenecks at canyons at the start but otherwise, I got into my rhythm, plodding along, waiting for the first of... Read More

29/10/2018
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JEN SCOTNEY: CAPPADOCIA TRAINING

The second part of this year has been a lesson in patience, in moderation for me, in realising I’m not as invincible as a couple of good races can make me feel. I had always said 2018 would be about the Northern Traverse and it was, and thinking I would want a break from running and training after that I had said no more races for 2018. 1  TRAINING          2  NERVES          3  THE RACE          4  AFTERMATH Had. As... Read More

BMC Mend Our Mountains make one million | Montane 18/10/2018
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BMC ‘MEND OUR MOUNTAINS: MAKE ON MILLION’ CROWDFUNDING SUCCESS

The BMC’s ‘Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million’ most recent campaign has raised a significant sum, bringing it closer to their monumental target of £1 million. The BMC’s ambitious  ‘Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million’ crowdfunding drive has raised over £75,000 over the past 5 weeks via the crowdfunding platform https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mendourmountains.  This marked the most ambitious phase of the campaign. Mend Our Mountains is a call to action to anyone who values the hills, mountains and unique landscapes of Britain.  It is a national BMC campaign to repair heavily eroded paths and trails... Read More