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mountaineering

10/04/2019
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THE THIRD MAN

You’ll never walk alone. The ‘Third Man Factor’ is a phenomenon that is experienced at the edges of existence, those moments when mountaineers, sailors, and Polar explorers, have the vivid experience of another human being sharing their struggle. Here Dan Neilson investigates the phenomenon: “Boss, I had a curious feeling on the march that there was another person with us.” Frank Worsley, captain of the Endurance, told Ernest Shackleton. Tom Crean, an Irish seaman, later admitted the same. After the Endurance became trapped in ice and destroyed, the crew escaped... Read More

katy parrott mt kazbek blog | montane 19/12/2018
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KATY PARROTT: MT KAZBEK

As an Army Reservist, it’s not all camouflage, crawling through mud and press ups. Of course, there is a lot of that, but there are also opportunities to develop yourself through adventurous training – something we call AT (everything has an acronym in the military).  During my 2 years serving as a reservist I have been fortunate enough to wangle myself on to 4 mountaineering trips already; ski-touring in the French Alps, trekking in the Caucasus Mountains, winter mountaineering skills in the Scottish Highlands, and most recently a high-altitude expedition... Read More

29/05/2018
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‘Scaling the Heights’ With Montane

Montane have proudly supported some of the most audacious and bold expeditions in the world.  We have teamed up with ‘Scaling the Heights’ for a series of climbs that, while small in stature, are ambitious in reach Scaling the Heights is the product of 2 years of work between writer and academic Abbie Garrington, who specialises in mountaineering literature, and artist Stephen Livingstone. The idea is to interest a diverse audience in mountaineering, climbing and adventuring through the history of its literature.  The core of the project centres on the... Read More

30/03/2018
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Tom Ballard: Cerro Torre III

Continue Tom’s Patagonian adventure: Cerro Torre I          Cerro Torre II          Cerro Torre IV Making do: a Masterclass 7:30am and I’m swinging my axe gingerly into a neve eyebrow. My back is against bare rock and my feet are pressed onto the opposite wall, where the snow and occasional blobs of neve are pasted to the rock. I hope the axe placement sticks! The dawn is doing its thing and I can see my surroundings now. The dim beam of my headtorch is now... Read More

16/03/2018

UKC Climbing Competition – Win a Spider Hoodie

A new addition to Montane’s Spring/Summer 2018 range, the Spider Hoodie incorporates a variety of new technologies and materials to produce an efficient and durable technical mid-layer Montane Spider Hoodie, Firefly Orange The Montane Spider Hoodie is an all new lightweight and technical alpine hooded fleece pull-on designed for climbers, by climbers. High performance is hardwired into the inherent materiality of this lightweight and quick-drying midlayer.  Its high stretch Pontentorto Tecnostretch fabric incorporates a CORDURA face for enhanced durability whilst fitting close to the body through a full range of... 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

05/03/2018
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Tom Ballard: Cerro Torre II

Continue Tom’s Patagonian adventure: Cerro Torre I          Cerro Torre III          Cerro Torre IV   Patience is a Virtue That’s been our problem, the wind. Patience… Waiting for ‘weather windows’ down in the ‘mini Cham’ of El Chalten is too good a thing really. You can go for a beer or a coffee and catch up on social media before heading to the crags or bountiful boulders. I started out my climbing ‘career’ way back when I was a nipper, bouldering. I haven’t done much... 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