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tom ballard nanga parbat expedition volume 1 | montane 08/01/2019
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Nanga parbat: Mummery Winter 1

Like most expeditions, things started fairly slowly. I landed in the sparkling new Islamabad airport at 1:30am. After an hour and a half I finally collected my checked bags. Then met with Ali Saltoro at arrivals and off to the hotel for much-needed sleep.  At lunch time I had breakfast. Met with trekkers Daniele and Allessandra and then reunited with climbing companion Daniele (trust the Italians to be confusing). vol. 2 > The next two days were spent organising the equipment to be sent by road to Chilas and attending... Read More

15/03/2018

Montane Welcome new Brand Ambassador

Marie in her Phoenix Jacket and Resolute Beanie Introducing new Montane Brand Ambassador Marie.  You may already recognise her from our new VIA Trail Series imagery.  Marie’s outdoor interests are varied, allowing her to get the most out of any given day in the Alps around Chamonix where she lives, or further afield for more extreme adventures: ‘I have a big year ahead; more ice climbing whilst the ice still holds, ultra marathons when the weather improves, and I’m planning a big climbing project in South America in November. Montane clothing offers me... Read More

14/03/2018
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Elbrus II: The Summit

< Previous Page          Next Page > Waking up in the early hours this morning and having to duck outside to the outhouse, I questioned if the weather forecast had got it completely wrong. Today was our planned summit day and it was meant to be clear with light winds. It was clear, a brilliant night sky full of stars, but the strong winds were persisting. Could make for an interesting day. We had a few hours till we planned to leave so I jumped back in... Read More

24/02/2018
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Carstensz III: A Quick Summit

< Previous Page          Next Page > Heli to Base Camp Wednesday morning (21st February) Jon and I got up early, at around 04:30, in preparation for our flight to Carstensz. Breakfast at the local hotel was less than appetizing. It was a small buffet thing in the mess hall with a limited selection of mainly local dishes. I tried a bit of it but it wasn’t going down really well. Fortunately, they had some bread, butter and chocolate sprinkles at one end of the table so... Read More

23/02/2018
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TOM BALLARD: Cerro Torre I

Continue Tom’s Patagonian adventure: Cerro Torre II          Cerro Torre III          Cerro Torre IV   Cerro Torre Reflections The goal is to climb a new route on Cerro Torre. I am already here in wonderful (and windy) Patagonia, sussing out the approach and getting to know this incredible area better. My climbing partner Marcin is due to arrive in a weeks time (when the weather will almost undoubtedly break), and we will begin our assault. Well, actually first we will have to get ourselves... Read More

11/02/2018

MONTANE Announce BAIML Test Team

As part of Montane’s commitment to develop outstanding clothing and equipment for the mountains, our product development programme has expanded to include a test team selected from members of Montane’s brand partner the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML). International Mountain Leaders travel the globe leading expeditions for both clients and their own love of adventure.  As such, the variety of disciplines they employ, and the range of environments they operate in, create immensely well rounded and competent outdoor operator. This means they know what they need to achieve... Read More

28/01/2018
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Aconcagua III: Summit Push

< Previous Page          Next Page > Wind, Wind and More Wind After a couple of days climbing up and down acclimatising, Friday we just kicked back in Base Camp relaxing and trying to pick a good weather window for our summit push. On the lower slopes it’s not too critical, but bad weather as you push higher can make for a miserable day out and feel very cold. There are several mountain weather forecasts available free online which we’d been monitoring. They all varied so it... Read More