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Video Highlights of the Montane Spine Race 2016 – Day 4

The Montane® Spine Race is underway. It is a brutal 268 mile, non-stop, winter ultra mountain marathon that encompasses the entire Pennine Way. Competitors face deep snow, ice, gale force winds and torrential rain. This along with tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation and exposure, means that to finish the race you must be willing to push yourself harder than ever before. Watch day 4 video highlights by clicking the image below:

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Video Highlights of the Montane Spine Race 2016 – Day 3

The Montane® Spine Race is underway. It is a brutal 268 mile, non-stop, winter ultra mountain marathon that encompasses the entire Pennine Way. Competitors face deep snow, ice, gale force winds and torrential rain. This along with tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation and exposure, means that to finish the race you must be willing to push yourself harder than ever before. Watch day 3 video highlights by clicking the image below: 

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Video Highlights of the Montane Spine Race 2016 – Day 2

The Montane® Spine Race is underway. It is a brutal 268 mile, non-stop, winter ultra mountain marathon that encompasses the entire Pennine Way. Competitors face deep snow, ice, gale force winds and torrential rain. This along with tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation and exposure, means that to finish the race you must be willing to push yourself harder than ever before. Watch day 2 video highlights by clicking the image below: 

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Video Highlights of the Montane Spine Race 2016 – Day 1

The Montane® Spine Race is underway. It is a brutal 268 mile, non-stop, winter ultra mountain marathon that encompasses the entire Pennine Way. Competitors face deep snow, ice, gale force winds and torrential rain. This along with tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation and exposure, means that to finish the race you must be willing to push yourself harder than ever before. Watch day 1 video highlights by clicking the image below: 

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Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra: Interview With The Race Organiser

Robert Pollhammer is the race organiser of the world’s coldest and toughest ultra trail, the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. Riding off the back of an extremely successful race for 2015, he takes time out to talk to us. What is the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra and how would you describe it to a newcomer? The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra is the world’s coldest and toughest trail ultra. You can participate on foot, mountain bike or with cross country skis. It is a non-stop race with various distances from marathon to... Read More

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The Official Montane Spine Race Film

Film makers Summit Fever Media produced a feature length film about the Montane Spine Race in 2015, watch the trailer by clicking the image below: Notorious amongst ultra athletes for the grit, endurance and determination needed to complete it, the Montane Spine Race is a gruelling 7 day race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, encompassing the entire length of the Pennine Way in the UK. Competitors will race non-stop on foot in the depths of British winter and its unpredictable weather. Encountering deep snow, ice, bogs, strong winds, mud and... Read More

22/12/2015
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A Century of Polar Exploration

(Photograph courtsey of Martin Hartley) Robert Peary, the American explorer, claimed he reached the geographic North Pole on April 6, 1909. Although the claim was disputed, the fact they survived at all in such an incredibly hostile and harsh environment is testament to man’s thirst for exploration, for knowledge, and for pushing the human body to the limits. Peary was a smart guy. He had carefully studied Innuit techniques and clothing and replicated them where possible and it served him very well, well, except for losing eight fingers. And by a long... 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