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climbing

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

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

jessie leong crag to trail | montane 02/06/2020
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Discovering Trail Running and Climbing during lockdown

A sanctuary of green spaces between the knitted crochet blanket of terrace houses, steep houses and leafy green neighbourhoods; lockdown in Sheffield ain’t a grim place to be.  A time to pause, stay at home and root in one place with my new housemate Hilary, a fellow Trad climber, trail runner and cycling enthusiast in a part of Sheffield I’ve not lived before.   Yet for so many, myself included, lockdown has been a mixed bag of emotions.  I’ve found it a difficult and somewhat overwhelming time.  After shaking off... Read More

nick morris scottish winter climbing | montane 27/04/2020
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Aonach Eagach Ridge

Brand ambassador Nick Morris recounts a memorable day climbing the Aonach Eagach Ridge during this winters 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?” 3 days later boots were packed, crampons sharpened and a rack built; It was decided, we were heading North and on the... Read More

jesse dufton | montane 05/06/2019
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JESSE DUFTON: FIRST BLIND LEAD ASCENT OF OLD MAN OF HOY

Montane supported GB Para Climber Jesse Dufton successfully completes the first blind lead ascent of the Old Man of Hoy. Jesse Dufton (red) lead climbing the bold 4th pitch as time became an increasing factor for the team (©Alastair Lee/Brit Rock Film Tour 2019) At 22:10 on 4th June Jesse Dufton and sighted partner Molly Thompson made history when they summited the Old Man of Hoy – Jesse was the first blind person to lead the 450ft Old Red Sandstone seastack. “I did it! A clean onsight lead of the... Read More

29/05/2019
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JESSE DUFTON TO CLIMB ‘OLD MAN OF HOY’ WITH MONTANE

Montane lends support to GB Para Climber Jesse Dufton for the first blind lead ascent of the Old Man of Hoy. Jesse Dufton climbing The Sloth (HVS 5a) at The Roaches – described as “…simply incomparable to anything else I’ve seen in climbing” by Neil Gresham. Jesse Dufton is a member of the GB Paraclimbing Team. He is also blind and won the 2018 National Indoor Climbing Championships (B1 Category). A highly experienced climber and mountaineer, Jesse has climbed since he was young, and now leads trad with the help... Read More

29/05/2018
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‘Scaling the Heights’ With Montane

Montane have proudly supported some of the most audacious and bold expeditions in the world.  We have teamed up with ‘Scaling the Heights’ for a series of climbs that, while small in stature, are ambitious in reach Scaling the Heights is the product of 2 years of work between writer and academic Abbie Garrington, who specialises in mountaineering literature, and artist Stephen Livingstone. The idea is to interest a diverse audience in mountaineering, climbing and adventuring through the history of its literature.  The core of the project centres on the... Read More

07/04/2018
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Tom Ballard: Cerro Torre IV

Catch Up on Tom’s Patagonian adventure: Cerro Torre I          Cerro Torre II          Cerro Torre III Failure (on the) Face Following on from his recent expedition to (try and) climb Cerro Torre in Patagonia, Tom reflects on the nature of success, the lessons of failure, and the importance of approaching both positively in order to grow. I’ve just come off the back of two ‘failed’ expeditions. That’s a lot of money, time and emotions wasted! But are they really wasted? Surely everything we... Read More