January 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

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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


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


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



< 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


Britain’s most brutal race concludes

Despite severe weather, 53 competitors from 13 countries complete the 2018 MONTANE® Spine® Race, Britain’s most brutal race. Highlights of today’s final day of racing can be viewed above or here Kirk Yetholm, Scotland, Sunday, 21 January 2018: Despite hugely challenging conditions over the seven days, 53 out of 118 competitors finished the 2018 MONTANE® Spine® Race. Athletes from 13 countries battled waist-deep snow drifts, 50mph-plus winds, heavy rain and extreme windchill to arrive at Kirk Yetholm’s Border Hotel, the traditional end point of the Pennine Way National Trail and... Read More


Williams takes second at the Spine® Race

After a 24-hour crossing of the snow-covered Cheviot Hills, which she described as “genuinely horrific”, Kirsty Williams (GBR) has placed second in the MONTANE® Spine® Race, in a time of 151 hours. http:// “The night was harder than I could have possibly imagined,” she said. “There were no tracks, so I’ve been wading through thigh-deep snow for 10-12 hours. That was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. That isn’t an endurance race, it’s a survival event. Did I ever think I might not make it? No way! It was epic.... Read More


Morgan Wins the 2018 MONTANE Spine Race

Carol Morgan has won the MONTANE® Spine® Race for a second year in a row. The Irish ultra-runner arrived at the Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm, the end point of the Pennine Way National Trail and the Spine® Race at 18:37, in an overall time of 130 hours and 37 minutes. (That’s slower than her record winning-time of 109 hours and 54 minutes last year, but this year’s race was paused for 12 hours due to severe weather.) In the final 42km section across the remote Cheviot Hills Morgan battled 50mph... Read More


Andy Kirkpatrick: WHAT HAVE I LEARNED? A Higher Education

Andy Kirkpatrick is a man who needs little introduction.  An outdoor antihero with a penchant for the longest and coldest ascents in the world.  His motivations are famously introspective, climbing to push internal barriers instead of for glory or conquest. Kicking off on Friday 02 Feb, the 29-date speaking tour in which the man described as ‘The Ranulph Fiennes of British climbing’ by the BBC’s John Humphrys shares the lessons he has learned from forty years in the vanguard of Big Wall climbing.  Andy talks entertainingly about life, love, death,... Read More


Paloncý wins the 2018 Montane Spine Race

Pavel Paloncý has won the 2018 MONTANE Spine® Race, a record third win of Britain’s most brutal race. The Czech Republic ultra-runner arrived at the Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm, the end point of the Pennine Way National Trail and the Spine® Race at 21:50, in an overall time of 109:50. Paloncý becomes the first person to win the race three times and the first to complete it five times (he also has two runner-up placings). “It’s a great feeling to be here… Again,” he joked as he touched the wall... Read More