The Illusion of Preparation

January is often thought of as a time for new beginnings, clean slates, and fearlessly stepping into the unknown of a new goal.⁠ ⁠ We think of it as more a time to prepare. To build on hard-fought miles amidst the oppressing dark, and ensure you are in the best possible position to squeeze every last drop out of the increasing light.⁠ Montane Ambassador Jordan Wylie says: “What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”  Taking stock of... Read More

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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

jessie leong crag to trail | montane 02/06/2020

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