The Latest

03/03/2021
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Looking Out and Up

My biggest achievement is not a tangible success; an epic send of a hard grade boulder, a mountain summit or even the opportunity to travel to really experience different places, cultures or activities. My biggest achievement is still ongoing. Recovery from a severe eating disorder, PTSD and other mental health issues that stole most of my life. For many years I lived in a fragile body that could barely walk, trapped in the prison of my own mind. I found faith in God and discovered indoor bouldering about 4 years... Read More

02/03/2021
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Down, Not Out: The Art of Being Injured

By Katy Parrott ‘I’m afraid you’ve probably done your ACL’, says the Doc. ‘I reckon I’ll still be good to go for the 4- miler tomorrow’, I replied, 20 minutes after the incident, high as a kite on fentanyl. From then on, if I had a tenner every time I heard, ‘You are going to be the worst patient ever’, I would be a millionaire right now. To start with I believed them, but I’ve actually surprised myself with how I’ve adjusted to the trials and tribulations of being injured,... Read More

01/03/2021
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Lockdown Arete

When the pandemic arrived, I never really anticipated the impact it would have on my way of life. At first, my work as a Mountaineering Instructor came to a halt and I assumed it would just be a month or two before I was working back in the mountains. A few months later I noticed toilet paper was being sold on the back market and Gwen down the road had started selling flour in paper bags out of her car boot. The chaos had exceeded my expectations to put it... Read More

01/03/2021
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Achievement | Challenge

By Jen Scotney Greatest Achievement I was called to the Bar in 2005 and for 14 years I worked as a Human Rights Lawyer, specialising in representing young people in prison on life sentences. I spent long days both at my desk and across the country in high-security prisons. My greatest achievement was winning a human rights case at The Supreme Court, the highest court in England and Wales, and changing the Parole Board’s policy on the review of prisoners. I went into law to fight for fairness and equality... Read More

15/02/2021
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New Spring Range 21

We want kit that enables us to focus, to steel our drive against the unpredictability of the environments we love. To find comfort through experience, mental toughness, and physical ability. We seek the simplicity of a hard job done well, and the visceral rewards that go unseen. Our new spring range is the consolidation of 100’s of hours of R&D both in the studio and on the backs of professionals and athletes to ensure there is enough of what you need to accentuate your experiences in the mountains. Features are... Read More

09/02/2021
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Love the Outdoors

rekindle your love of the outdoors. The sense of adventure and the feeling of freedom. Treat yourself or your loved one this valentines day. We are all united by our passions. Collectively striving to find comfort via the competent application of experience, mental toughness, and physical ability. We are only as strong as the bonds that bind us together. Take solace in what we have, and for looking to the future and the next sunrise, from whatever vantage point we find.⁠ ⁠ So here’s to the comradeship of experience over... Read More

05/02/2021

Series 2 Further. Faster. Podcast. ep – 3

This episode is about fear, or, rather, overcoming fear. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown, or simply, oh-my-god-what’s-that-coming-out-of-the-dark-right-at-me type of fear. How do you mitigate fear? How to you overcome fear? How do you harness fear? We speak to Debbie Martin Consani, a runner and friend of the podcast. She is a brilliant runner. In her first Spine Race, one of the most gruelling races on the planet, she came second. We talk about training, preparing from the unknown, and why you should do something every year very much... Read More

03/02/2021

Moving Amongst Mountains

A key tenet of our desire to be immersed in the outdoors is that of exploration. We want to test every facet of ourselves technically, physically, and emotionally. Not necessarily to breaking point, but to explore our place in the world for the sake of knowing. It is an esoteric drive that differentiates our chosen passion from everything else. There is a harmony to the outdoors. A balance.  Ascent follows descent. Biting cold becomes a remedy to burning lactic.  The hum-drum of preparation sets the foundations for pure, unabridged exhilaration.... Read More

28/01/2021
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Arctic Essentials

Montane has been a proud sponsor of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra for a long time now. With distances up to almost 700 km and temperatures as low as -50° Celsius it is billed as the world’s toughest and coldest ultra. We asked Race Director Robert Pollhammer to give us an overview of what his favourite Montane products are when it comes to facing this kind of an extreme challenge. Here is what he told us. I have known Montane and their products for a long time and I have... Read More

26/01/2021
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Summiting Ama Dablam

The culmination of over a years’ dedicated and highly specialised training, Montane ambassador Becks Ferry found herself and her team the only three people on the iconic 6802m peak in December 2020: 2020.  For so many of us it could only be described as an annus horribilis.  As I write this, 2021 hasn’t got off to the best of starts either.  Personally, my year had more ups and downs than the Mendip Hills.  To find myself bringing it to a close in the Himalayas was simply magical. I have written... Read More