Archive

April 2020

nick morris scottish winter climbing | montane 27/04/2020
,

Aonach Eagach Ridge

Montane Brand ambassador Nick Morris recounts a memorable day climbing the Aonach Eagach Ridge during this winter’s late but beautifully pristine resurgence in the Highlands. As a white fluffy blanket finally fell over the Highlands a plan was being hatched in a soggy South Wales. Stood on belay in the dust-filled air of the local climbing centre one sentence was tentatively blurted out…”Scotland this weekend, it’s looking mega”. Three days later boots were packed, crampons sharpened and a rack built. It was decided, we were heading North and on the... Read More

Chris Shirley | montane 22/04/2020
,

Learning From Isolation

As a former Royal Marine, mountaineer, endurance athlete, and ocean rower, Montane Ambassador Chris Shirley is no stranger to hardship or the mental and emotional sides of endurance. In 2019, he suffered a fall whilst climbing the Matterhorn which put him in hospital for 3 months. It was an experience that has taught him much about isolation, and how to mitigate its negative effects. I’ve long suspected that my ‘risk appetite’ has been a little different from other peoples. I spent my twenties in the forces, followed by a stint... Read More