March 2019

trailblazer 30 | montane 29/03/2019
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Time outdoors is precious, and moving quickly towards specific goals has become the best way to maximise this finite commodity. Efficiency of movement is the key to unlocking hitherto out of reach summits, and the Montane Trailblazer range of packs are perfect for exploiting brief windows of opportunity and help you push on, further. faster. The rules have changed. A new style of enjoying the outdoors is emerging. Fastpacking, run-camping; it’s so new its terminology has yet to properly evolve. Whatever you call it, its philosophy of pushing hard to... Read More

further faster podcast javed bhatti | montane 28/03/2019
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Hello and welcome to Further Faster in association with Montane. In this episode, we meet a remarkable character. He has completed some of the most difficult races in the world, including only recently the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, the 430-mile course, and the Montane Spine Race. So far, so impressive, until you learn that he often ‘doubles’ the race. Having completed the Spine Race he simply had a break, turned around and did it all again. Yet speaking to Javed Bhatti, his attitude isn’t as crazy as it first seems.... Read More

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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 men... Read More

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Scott Gilmour (GB) has set a new speed record for an unsupported crossing of Siberia’s frozen Lake Baikal, beating the record he set with team-mates Michael Stevenson and Rob Trigwell. The Norway-based expedition guide, friend of Montane and organiser of the Montane Spine Race covered a distance of around 640km (397 miles) in 11 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes, finishing just after 09:28am UTC on the 16th March. This has broken the existing record of 12 days 21 hours and 13 minutes set by Gilmour and his team-mates last... Read More

new trailblazer packs | montane 15/03/2019
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Introducing the Montane Trailblazer packs – designed for fast-paced mountain adventures. Whether it be done-in-a-day summit missions or multi-day fastpacking adventures, the Trailblazer will keep you moving just beyond your max. ABOVE: MONTANE TRAILBLAZER 30.  CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO The innovative Montane COVALENT harness delivers a customisable, body-hugging fit without restricting movement. Available in 3 sizes; 18, 30 & 44L with ample storage capacity and a multitude of pockets, they offer easy access to hydration, food and essential kit while on the move. Features include: Composite construction; 210 D... Read More



The Montane Fast Alpine 40L Backpack – for half a decade the go-to pack for the discerning climber and mountaineer interested in maximum efficiency and robust, intuitive design – has been updated for this spring/summer. CLICK IMAGE FOR MONTANE FAST ALPINE 40L BACKPACK Drawing upon extensive testing and feedback with Montane athletes and leading British mountain guides, the Fast Alpine 40’s design has been improved to enhance functionality. New updates include: Asymmetric bivi opening with Cord Lord quick release adjustment and bivi flap Extendable and removable lid Low profile wand... Read More


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


FURTHER. FASTER. Podcast Ep11 – Science at Extremes with Dr Melanie Windridge

Click on the image or below to listen In this edition, we speak with Dr Melanie Windridge, she describes herself as a speaker and a writer… with a taste for adventure. Also, she is currently a plasma physicist working in fusion energy. This combined with a healthy obsession with the Northern Lights has led to her to write the groundbreaking book ‘Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights’. Melanie also has a blog called ‘Science At Extremes’ which led from her successful Everest expedition where she took a distinctly scientific... Read More

trail running magazine trailblazer 30 | montane 05/03/2019
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Jen and Sim Benson recently reviewed the Montane Trailblazer 30 as part of a large-scale fastpacking pack test. The Montane Trailblazer 30 was the largest pack in-test. However, its efficient use of intuitive features and fantastic back/harness system allowed it to stand out amongst the pack: “The brand new Trailblazer has an adjustable back system offering a great fit across a range of sizes. The 30L capacity makes it perfect for longer adventures and the well-designed features allow you to keep kit organised and nutrition within easy reach.  The stiffened... 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