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alpine spirit review | montane 16/09/2020
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Alpine Spirit Review

The Alpine Spirit is a serious workhorse of a jacket. Built for uncompromising abuse and long, tough days, it is rugged and uncomplicated. Fitting then that it is named after Montane Athlete Becky Coles’ project to be the first all-female team to summit all Alpine 4000ers. An outstandingly well-designed jacket. Which came as a relief – when I was told they were naming a jacket after our project to climb all the Alpine 49000m peaks (check out Project Alpine Spirit here) I was a bit worried. What if it wasn’t... Read More

becks ferry wales climbing | montane 04/09/2020
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Domestic Practice for the Greater Ranges

Becks Ferry – already an accomplished ultra-marathon runner, is continuing her transition into mountaineering with an ambitious new project of climbing the 6812m Ama Dablam. She kicks off her campaign with a number of days under the tutelage of Montane athlete Jon Gupta and, like the explorers of the early 20th century, they use iconic routes in North Wales to recreate technical conditions and practice routines. Having visited the Himalayas a handful of times now and been fortunate enough to both run, trek and compete there, I have always had... Read More

ukc competition winner report | montane 31/08/2020
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Gupta Comp Winner

There I was again, mindlessly filling in my details to yet another UKC competition. Do people even win these things? Of course they do, Jake has won two of them already! Lucky so and so… Fast forward to the start of May. Another perfect weather day in the depths of lockdown and still, at this point, climbing is off the cards. An email falls into my inbox “You’ve won a UKC competition!”. I let out an embarrassing squeal of excitement and quickly open it up. £500 worth of Montane gear... Read More

TGO Magazine terra pants | montane 17/02/2020
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Versatility is its own Specialism

The Montane Terra Pants have once again been awarded ‘The Great Outdoors Magazine’s ‘Best Buy’ Rosette. Terra pants have been around for a while, but remain everyone’s go-to outdoor pant. We catch up with our product design and athlete teams to find out why. Since their introduction in 2001, the Terra Pants have been the mainstay outdoor pant for anyone wanting to do pretty much anything outdoors due to a comprehensive feature set. Their manifold construction, comprising of lightweight and breathable main fabric with durable reinforcement panels produces a low... Read More

further faster podcast episode 19 John Kelly | montane 05/02/2020
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FURTHER. FASTER. PODCAST. EPISODE 19: John Kelly

Hello and welcome to Further, Faster in association with Montane. My name is Daniel Neilson and in these podcasts I speak to athletes, explorers, mountaineers and climbers and ask why they do what they do, why they put themselves through such strain. In this special episode I spoke to John Kelly. You may have heard of him recently, as he’s just won the Montane Spine Race, a non-stop 268-slog across the country, and generally regarded as one of the hardest endurance races in the world. And then you learn that John... Read More

extreme smock review | montane 27/01/2020
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OLD SCHOOL COOL

The utterly bombproof Extreme Smock featured as part of a ‘Pertex/Pile’ retrospective in The Great Outdoors Magazine recently. In the seasonal spirit of retrospection, we take a look at how this pivotal piece of technical outerwear came to prominence, why it still has its place in the modern outdoorsman’s wardrobe, and what the future holds in store for this simple yet effective technology: The combination of thick, heavy pile insulation under a breathable Pertex weather-resistant shell membrane first came about in the 80’s. They were warm, windproof, fast-wicking and quick-drying,... Read More

jayson cavill interview | montane 24/01/2020
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JAYSON’S SPINE

A quick interview with Montane Athlete Jayson Cavill about his spellbinding performance at this years’ Montane Spine Race touching on; tactics, kit, and – most imporantly – the spirit of racing. What was the thought process behind deciding to chase Kelly down? This didn’t really kick in until after the second night. Until then the focus had been getting as far along the course as possible and making sure I was in a position to even finish. Balancing this with moving well enough to stay in contention should things develop... Read More

debbie martin consani | montane 17/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Debbie Martin Consani

At 6:30 this morning, Montane Athlete Debbie Martin-Consani (GBR) touched the wall of the Border Hotel in Kirk Yetholm, to secure her place as 2nd woman in the Montane Spine Race 2020. Spine Race Day 7 Video: “That was brutal” said the 2019 Thames Path 100 mile winner as she crumpled to the floor at the finish line, “But honestly, I’d expected it to be a week of pure misery and actually there were a lot more highs than there were lows.” That statement typified a runner who our race... Read More

day 6 of the spine race | montane 16/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Winners

John Kelly has won the 2020 edition of the Montane Spine Race, setting a new men’s course record as he did so. Winner Video: “Everything hurts” Kelly said when asked if he had anything to say about his win, whilst sitting in a large plant pot outside the Border Inn, “My body shut down at the final hut.  I wanted to push past it and finish, but I was cold and didn’t want to risk it after what happened to Eugenie last year. But then I warmed up and I... Read More

Day 5 Spine Race | montane 15/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: One-Third Victory, Two-Thirds Heartbreak

John Kelly leads the Montane Spine race at the end of it’s fourth day by a staggering margin and looks certain to win a race he has led since we left Edale on Sunday. The former Barkley Marathons winner has picked up his pace on the final day setting a blistering pace and arriving in the Cheviot Hills whilst no other runner was beyond CP5, more than 30 miles/50km behind him. Spine Race Day 5 Elsewhere, there was heartbreak for 2 runners who until today had looked certain to take... Read More