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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). The next two days were spent organising the equipment to be sent by road to Chilas and attending various dinners with... Read More

tom ballard nanga parbat winter | montane 21/12/2018
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TOM BALLARD: WINTER NANGA PARBAT ATTEMPT

Tom Ballard plans to summit Nanga Parbat in Winter via a hitherto unclimbed route. Diamer face of Nanga Parbat In January 2019, Tom Ballard – alongside Daniele Nardi (ITA) – plans to climb Nanga Parbat’s Diamer (West) face.  If successful Tom will be one of the few mountaineers in the world to summit a +8000m peak in winter. They will be hoping to climb the infamous Mummery Spur – named after Albert F. Mummery who in 1895 led the first attempt to climb the mountain.  Mummery reached almost 6,100m on... Read More

Starlight Pro Pull-on: designed by experience | Montane 12/09/2018
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STARLIGHT PULL ON: DESIGNED BY EXPERIENCE

Named after Montane Athlete Tom Ballard’s now legendary ‘Starlight and Storm’ Expedition. A collaborative effort between Tom and Montanes’ expert technical designers, the Starlight Pull-on is the ultimate ‘Fast and Light’ technical insulation layer. TOM SAYS The idea of the Starlight Pull-On comes from my own experiences during my Starlight and Storm project a few seasons ago. When attempting to solo an alpine North Face the first obstacle to overcome is what to take with you. Lightness is the key to moving fast in the mountains. If you take bivy... Read More

Further Faster Podcast Tom ballard | Montane 02/09/2018

FURTHER. FASTER. PODCAST – EPISODE 6

Tom Ballard was – almost literally – born to climb.  In this episode, he shares career highlights – as well as lessons in risk management and expedition preparation learned from a life spent vertically. Click the image to listen Welcome to episode 6 of the Further. Faster. Podcast In association with Montane. This is the podcast that takes a deeper look into why, and how, ultra athletes, explorers and mountaineers do what they do. This edition, host Daniel Neilson speaks to Montane athlete and climber Tom Ballard. Tom Ballard is... Read More

07/04/2018
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Tom Ballard: Cerro Torre IV

Catch Up on Tom’s Patagonian adventure: Cerro Torre I          Cerro Torre II          Cerro Torre III Failure (on the) Face Following on from his recent expedition to (try and) climb Cerro Torre in Patagonia, Tom reflects on the nature of success, the lessons of failure, and the importance of approaching both positively in order to grow. I’ve just come off the back of two ‘failed’ expeditions. That’s a lot of money, time and emotions wasted! But are they really wasted? Surely everything we... 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

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

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