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20/03/2019
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In Memory of Tom Ballard 1988 – 2019

  On Thursday 7th March it was confirmed that British mountaineer Tom Ballard and Italian climber Daniele Nardi had lost their lives while attempting a first ascent of the Mummery Spur on Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. Numerous parties including the Base Camp support team, other mountaineering groups from across the region and the Pakistan Army did everything they could to locate the team after they went missing on Sunday 24th February. Early on Thursday, 7th March, another expedition team lead by Spanish climber Alex Txikon identified the bodies of both... Read More

09/03/2019

Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi Search Ends

It is with great regret we report that Montane athlete and British mountaineer Tom Ballard and his Italian climbing partner Daniele Nardi have lost their lives whilst climbing Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. A rescue mission was launched on Wednesday 27th February after the Base Camp team had no contact with the pair since Sunday 24th February. Their last known position was somewhere around 6400m. Severe weather conditions, regional political tension and high avalanche risk over the past week hampered search efforts. Early on Thursday, 7th March, another expedition team lead... Read More

Tom Ballard 01/03/2019

Statement on the situation with Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi

Many have reached out over the last few days to show their support and inquire about the ongoing efforts to locate missing British alpinist and Montane sponsored athlete Tom Ballard and his Italian climbing partner Daniele Nardi. The pair were attempting to reach the summit of Nanga Parbat, in the Pakistan Himalaya and have not been in contact with the team at base camp since Sunday. Official search efforts began yesterday (Thursday) with the assistance of the Pakistan Army and several experienced mountaineering teams from the vicinity. We continue to... Read More

nanga parbat in mummery's shadow vol 4 | montane 18/02/2019
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NANGA PARBAT: Mummery Winter 4

Patience is a virtue.  What’s the hardest part of an expedition? The acclimatisation, the load carrying, the cold, digging out buried camps? No. The hardest part of an expedition is the waiting. Sitting around on your duff, stuffing your face full of rice, going to relieve yourself of said rice, sleeping. < vol. 3 I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately, trying to drown out the negative thoughts floating maliciously inside my mind. Basecamp life is fairly predictable: First breakfast, anywhere between 7.30am and 9am, depending on what... Read More

tom ballard nanga parbat winter 3 | montane 31/01/2019
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NANGA PARBAT: Mummery Winter 3

Sometimes a few days of bad weather can be a good thing, allowing you to rest with a clear conscience. But when it snows over a metre in 24 hours, you’re wishing for clear skies once again. Even if it means that you have to actually go climbing! < vol. 2 Breaking the first part of the trail was hard work. We didn’t descend onto the glacier because of avalanche danger. The next day we easily followed our nicely made path and then down onto the glacier. Crossing this in... Read More

tom ballard nanga parbat winter 2 | montane 24/01/2019
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NANGA PARBAT: Mummery Winter 2

“At once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised.” < vol. 1     vol.3 > Of course, Cherry Garrard was writing about Polar exploration, but things are similar here in the cold, snowy mountains. I would have begged to differ about the cleanliness part until my weekly (or is that twice weekly?) wash this morning. The having a bad time part I definitely agree with. The other night Karim and I were woken by feeble cries outside. Daniele was requesting help. Drowsily... Read More

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

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