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16/11/2020
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What we are up to at KMF 2020

This Thursday marks the start of the first fully digital Kendal Mountain Festival and, as major sponsors, we have got involved with some of the best content on show this year. FILM COLLECTION: CLIMB 1 Presented by Montane. A joyous love letter to the creativity, community, and robustness of climbing and the wide-reaching entity that it has become. Films featured in this collection range from a contemporary reflection to climbings remedial qualities to lofty motivational indulgences and quirky underpasses. Going live 18:00 GMT Thursday 19th November FILM COLLECTION: CLIMB 2... Read More

06/11/2020
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Series 2 Further. Faster. Podcast. ep – 1

Welcome back to series 2 of theFurther. Faster. Podcast in association with Montane! Yep, we’re back to our monthly schedule with host Daniel Neilson after a break and we’ve started off with two fascinating guests: first to Hamish Frost, a photographer who specialises in taking pictures in rubbish Scottish mountain weather… that’s to say, the best mountain weather! We learn about he became a professional outdoor photographer and his inspirations. Continuing the theme of professional development, our main interview is with the remarkable Becky Coles. Becky is an expedition leader... Read More

jon gupta alpine resolve talibalan | montane 03/11/2020
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Until Another Day

Jon Gupta recounts a halcyon climb of Talibalan (V6***) with fellow Montane athlete Malcolm Bass towards the end of last years Scottish winter season: The adventure started early. Scottish winter climbs always do. Dark, wild and with the familiar feeling of fear and adventure sat deep in my stomach. Even after years of winter climbing and mountaineering those feelings of anticipation and uncertainty are always present. Malcolm, Hamish and I jumped into my van and we drove the extra few kilometres to the end of an unfamiliar track. Packs heavy,... Read More

19/10/2020
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Go Further. Faster. With Montane and Jenny Tough

To get you inspired about our beautiful outdoor spaces, and to give some tips on the best ways to move through them, we spoke to Jenny Tough – Montane Athlete and a world leader in Fastpacking. Fastpacking is the new way of moving through the outdoors that involves a combination of running, hiking, and camping. It requires great fitness, immense grit, and very robust fueling and layering strategies. However, there are aspects of fastpacking that will help inform and hopefully improve the way you hike in our beautiful natural spaces.... Read More

Pac plus waterproof jacket | montane 22/09/2020
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In Search of Wild Things

In the far north of England, huddled against the Scottish border and looking out unflinchingly at the North Sea lies a primitive yet often overlooked wilderness. A rarely-awarded panorama shows the hills share the same pockmarked muscularity of the Cairngorms. To many these vistas are beautiful. To others, bleak. The mist and mizzle lift so rarely an agreement is yet to be reached. It is an uncompromising amalgam of bogs, moss, and stone. Water oozes down porous valleys overlooked by scree-scattered slopes below wind scarred summits. Its heathery peat, once... Read More

18/09/2020
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Surviving the Lakes

In the wake of this summers’ lockdown, experienced arctic expeditionist Ash Routen chose a more domestic and, at least on paper, relaxing mini expedition. His experience was a masterclass in Lake District appreciation. It was also a timely reminder that more than ever, we need the outdoors as a welcome distraction from the slightly chaotic and unstable world around us. Lockdown hit only a few days before a friend and I were due to fly out and spend a month or so dragging a sledge along the frozen coastline of... Read More

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