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Performance Edge | Montane


THE PERFORMANCE EDGE

 

The Performance Edge describes the void beyond your comfort zone, where success or failure can be decided by how well you can operate beyond your limits.

It takes a lot to get there, requiring years honing a craft to perfection in the toughest of conditions.  In situations the less experienced, tough, and strong would not find themselves in, let alone get themselves out of.

And yet it is something we strive for; to find comfort via the competent application of experience, mental toughness, and physical ability.  It is somewhere our world-class stable of athletes have some experience of, whether it be when summiting unclimbed Himalayan peaks, forging new Scottish winter routes, or racing the worlds' most demanding ultra marathons.

Check them out below.

 



ATHLETES AT THE PERFORMANCE EDGE:

EPISODE 1 | EPISODE 2 | EPISODE 3 | EPISODE 4 | EPISODE 5 | EPISODE 6

      SIMON YEARSLEY | SCOTTISH WINTER


Simon's climbing career has spanned almost 4 decades, culminating in a fierce love of new routes and true, exploratory climbing.  This takes him as far afield as hitherto unclimbed peaks in the Himalaya, though new-routing in Scotland has always remained close to heart.

Simon talks about what allows him to operate in these hazardous environments, and how a healthy, objective appreciation of the dangers involved can increase the enjoyment of his sport.  He is a man with a comfortable relationship with mitigating risk, seeing consequences of this as unambiguously binary; you are 100% fine or 100% not.

In Simon's Performance Edge, he dissects the closest he has ever got to crossing this line.

      MARCUS SCOTNEY | SUCCESS & FAILURE


Marcus is a very accomplished and successful ultramarathon runner.  Since taking up ultra marathons in 2008 he has run for GB 3 times, setting course records at races such as the Montane Spine Challenger along the way.

He has experienced success at numerous international races across the globe and is a well-established name amongst the ultra-endurance fraternity.  However, for the longest time, Marcus has had a complicated relationship with running. Suffering from depression for a number of years, running has been both his salvation and source of great distress, not helped by increasing pressures to perform.  However, it has also given him opportunities to learn more about himself; what drives him, makes him tick, and bring him joy.

In Marcus' Performance Edge, he talks about how his relationship with running has matured, allowing it to become what it always should be; the best medicine.

      DEBBIE MARTIN-CONSANI | ULTRA
      RUNNING AND PUSHING THE LIMITS


Debbie's extensive ultra running CV is motivated by a constant chasing of adventure, born of a desire to pursue - and overcome - personal fears.

Already an accomplished GB 24hr runner, Debbie undertook the greatest challenge of her career in 2017; the 330km Tour des Geants through the Italian Alps. It is here, hallucinating with fatigue and lungs wrecked with altitude and exertion where she met her Performance Edge. Putting ego and aspirations aside to get the job done.

      MALCOLM BASS | UNFINISHED BUSINESS


Malcolm has been climbing exploratory alpine routes all over the world for the past twenty years. Driven by the thrill of breaking new ground, he has climbed in Alaska, China, India and Pakistan. Malcolm began climbing at school; his first routes were on the sandstone crags of the North York Moors.

Malcolm has been exploring both and has succeeded in making some coveted first ascents, as well as having many memorable adventures. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a clinical psychologist, Malcolm believes that psychological and social factors are as important to the outcome of a big climb as is the ability to climb really hard.

In Malcolm's Performance Edge, he talks about returning to Janhukot, determined to finally complete his original objective!

      REBECCA COLES | COPING WITH
      UNCERTAINTY


Becky is an expedition leader and Mountain Instructor (the 40th woman to gain the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate), with a PhD in Glacial Geo-morphology.

She travels the world mountaineering and has achieved numerous first ascents in very challenging environments – most notably Lasarmu La, a 6200m peak in the far west of Nepal, four first ascents in South Georgia, Antarctica, and two major first ascents in Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan.

It is little wonder she has been named as one of the 50 most ground-breaking and influential female climbers the UK has ever produced.

In Rebecca's Performance Edge, she talks about coping with uncertainty in the mountains and planning remote unclimbed peaks.

      JON GUPTA | THE REWARD


Jon's love for big expeditions started at 18 in the jungles of Belize and has since taken him to the Himalayas, Alaska, The Andes, Africa, The Alps as well as all over the UK, with a particular love for Scottish winter mountaineering.

In 2012, Jon became the first person to summit Ama Dablam 3 times in 7 days, all from basecamp, including the second fastest recorded solo speed ascent. In 2014 Jon zipped up Mount Elbrus in similar fashion, with his skis, recording a time of 4.5 hours round trip. And again in 2017 facilitating a world record breaking ascent of Kilimanjaro.

2018 saw Jon help mastermind the world record breaking '7in4' Expedition, helping Steve Plain summit the highest mountain on each continent in the fastest time ever. Jon now works as an expedition leader and instructor in the UK and overseas and runs his own company, Mountain Expeditions.

In Jon's Performance Edge, he talks about the reward of success and managing risk whilst on the Denali '7in4' expedition.

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