February 2016


Trail’s Hot New Kit: Women’s Tierra Helada Jacket

The Tierra Helada Jacket is a women’s specific mountain jacket, featuring the remarkable PrimaLoft® SILVER ECO synthetic insulation which will keep you warm even when you get caught out in a torrential downpour. Trail magazine‘s Sarah Ryan has been putting this jacket through its paces since last November and has seen fit to rank it as ‘Hot New Kit’. Picking up on the PrimaLoft’s eco-credentials (it’s made from 70% recycled plastic bottles; read more here), she also highlights its versatility: “The jacket has been created for a range of activities…and manages the impressive feat... Read More

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From the highest mountain to the coldest race in the world

ontane’s Jon Gupta switches from his usual mountaineering focus to participate in the foot category of the 300 mile Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. His experiences of this incredible race are below. In 2012 I turned back just 500m below the summit of Peak Lenin in Kyrgyzstan (7,134m). After 14 days on the mountain I had come so close but walked away completely empty handed and it really hurt. My summit record was previously unblemished and foolishly I hadn’t even considered that we wouldn’t succeed on Lenin. During the days that... Read More


Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2016 Race Report

The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra took place from 4-12 January this year. It is no mean feat organising the world’s coldest and toughest ultra race, but then again, race organiser Robert Pollhammer is a paragon of efficiency and this year’s race was no exception. Despite warmer than usual temperatures during the race, the three categories on offer this year (marathon, 100 and 300 mile distances) ran without a hitch and reports of happy runners and team members alike hit the social media airwaves very shortly after the ultra ended. Read... Read More


The Montane Spine Race – Break The Spine

The Montane Spine Race is one of the toughest ultra distance races in Europe. This video created by Summit Fever Media clearly highlights why this brutal 268 mile, non-stop, winter mountain marathon lives up to its title. This gruelling ultra distance race encompasses the entire challenging terrain of the Pennine Way and competitors must cover some of the most difficult found in England including; the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park. The race finishes on the Scottish Borders.

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Remembering the Tor des Géants

As we celebrate our announcement of becoming headline sponsor of the world famous Tor des Géants, Montane athlete Jenn Gaskell remembers her own experiences of this iconic ultra race in 2014. That year Jenn placed 1st woman under 30; 6th woman; 88th overall in a teriffic race. She is looking forward to taking on the 2016 field this September. In a sunny meadow full of wildflowers on that second afternoon, I crumpled to my knees at breaking point. Less than 50 miles into this brutal 205 mile beast and it was already... Read More


Montane announces headline sponsorship of the Tor des Géants

Montane is pleased to officially announce headline sponsorship of the world famous Tor des Géants race, one of the premier endurance trail running races in the world.    Starting and finishing in Courmayeur, Italy, the Tor des Géants (TDG) is the first non-stop race of its kind to cover an entire region, running along spectacular paths at the foot of the highest 4,000m mountains in the Alps, through the Gran Paradiso Natural Park and the Mont Avic Regional Park. Approximately 700 competitors race through the Aosta Valley, aiming to complete the 205 miles (330 km)... Read More

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Jon Gupta to tackle Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra

Montane athlete and mountain climber Jon Gupta has entered this year’s 300 mile race category in the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. In the frozen Canadian wilderness of the Yukon at 10:30am (Yukon time) Thursday 4 February 2016, 84 intrepid racers will cross the start line of the world’s toughest and coldest ultra race, the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. Categories this year include marathon distance, 100 and 300 mile races. Jon Gupta from Bristol and one of Montane’s long-standing athletes will take part in the 300 mile race on foot. It is the first time... Read More