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mountaineering

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

23/02/2018

New ranges for Spring 2018!

Never resting on our laurels, our NEW Spring/Summer 2018 range has landed.  With redevelopment across our entire VIA Trail Series running range, reimaging of our mountain daypacks and exciting developments across our clothing range for climbers and mountain walkers alike, this promises to be one of our most exciting seasons to date. Re-imagined and re-invented from top to toe with elite athlete input and forged amongst the world’s most brutal endurance events. The NEW VIA Trail Series range sets the benchmark for performance off-road running clothing and packs. All NEW day and trekking packs... Read More

13/02/2018
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KILIMANJARO I: Up to High Camp

< Previous Page          Next Page > The Travel Is Harder Than The Climbing For Climb No.3, Kilimanjaro, we had to make our way from Mendoza, Argentina to Moshi, Tanzania. Just a quick hop across the Atlantic Ocean….. Right?….. Wrong! To say I had been dreading this leg is an understatement. Our itinerary read: Mendoza to Buenos Aires – Flight time 1hr 35min; Layover 5hr 35min Buenos Aires to New York – Flight time 10hrs 53min; Layover 2hrs 42min New York to London – Flight time 6hrs... 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

30/01/2018
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Aconcagua IV: Trek Out and Wrap Up

< Previous Page          Next Page > Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…. Sitting in Aconcagua Base Camp Sunday night enjoying a nice BBQ after our successful summit we faced a dilemma….we were over a week ahead of schedule, what should we do with our spare time? With a speed record attempt you’d normally want to just keep pushing ahead as fast as possible, but unfortunately, we can’t. There are two main reasons for that: We have a fixed date planned for the Rotary Kosciusko Wheelchair Summit Challenge. A date... 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

26/01/2018

Aconcagua II: Acclimatisation

< Previous Page          Next Page > Why Waste Time Acclimatising? Since arriving at Aconcagua Base Camp (Plaza de Mulas) last Tuesday, we’ve spent the past few days acclimatizing. But why do we need to acclimatise? At 6962m, Aconcagua is the 2nd highest mountain out of the 7 Summits and the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas. It is not an overly technical climb by the route we are taking but the altitude does make it a serious undertaking. For us normal sea level... Read More

24/01/2018

MACCF Expedition Report: Shimshal 2017

In August 2017, four friends and experienced expedition climbers traveled to the Shimshal valley in northern Pakistan to spend three weeks looking for unclimbed peaks.  This bold plan saw the team living above 4400m after 4 days, and reaching the summits of a number of mountains between 5800m-6000m. Click here for a comprehensive expedition report. promising stunning landscapes and unclimbed 6000m peaks just a few days walk from the road. We were sold. The team (left-to-right): George Cave (UK), Sajad Ali (Assistant Chef, Pakistan), Steve Carratt (UK), Ross Davidson (UK),... Read More

23/01/2018
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ACONCAGUA I: The Trek In

< Previous Page          Next Page > Arriving in Mendoza, From -32degC to +38degC Following my Vinson climb last week I had one night in Punta Arenas and was then straight up early Friday morning for my flight to Mendoza. I felt terrible. I didn’t get to bed until about 1 am and was barely asleep by 3 am when my roommate stumbled in drunk and collapsed on my bed instead of his own. After kicking him into his own bed he proceeded to snore for the... Read More

17/01/2018
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VINSON VI: Departing the Ice

< Previous Page          Next Page > A Cold Descent to Base Camp After summiting Vinson on Tuesday we descended and stayed at High Camp overnight. That night was probably the coldest I had been the entire trip. Even wrapped up in my -40degC sleeping bag I was shivering nonstop. For some reason, I just couldn’t warm up. At some point during the night, frustrated at not being able to sleep, I put my expedition down parka on over top of my other clothing and slept in... Read More