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Neil Mawson does FA of "Choronzon" E10/8b+

25.09.2014

After several years of work, Neil Mawson recently could make the first ascent of "Choronzon", Pembroke's hardest route to date. Neil suggests the grade E10 or 8b+ sport grade. Read Neil's report about this truely amazing route:

"Choronzon climbs straight up the middle of roughly a 30 degree overhanging wall for about 30 metres, around the same angle and length as the North buttress at Kilnsey. I tried it on and off over the next few years but never got on it regularly enough to go for a lead. It was so hard with the conditions, British Summer weather and the fact it's five hours drive from where I live! The route breaks down into a cruxy 7c+/8a that's bold to a shake-out and a cluster of gear. Then it's a 9 move font 7b+ to some pumpy to place gear. It's by far the hardest trad route I've ever done or tried, so I think it's E10 but only repeat ascents will confirm that. It's certainly the hardest route in Pembroke with a sport grade of 8b+ just to top rope it! I've redpointed 3 8b+

Full report of GS Trophy 2014

22.09.2014

After seven tough and demanding stages, the GS Trophy 2014 has successfully finished. The legendary GS Trophy takes place every two years and can only be described as a true adventure in motorcycling; In 2014, it took place in Western Canada's vast forests, endless dirt roads and adventurous trails. At the end, the team from CEEU could win ahead of South Africa and France.

As partner, Marmot was responsible for the riders' equipment - with low temepratures and rough weather conditions, the right clothing plaid a crucial role. Artemis Jacket and Variant Jacket provided the necessary weather protection, and our tent Limelight 2P and sleeping bag Cloudbreak 20 hosted the riders during the nights.

Peter Musch who participated at the trophy as photographer, reports: "This years edition of the BMW GS Trophy definitely was the one of the hardest. We had it all. First off all sun, awesome off road tracks, incredible landscapes and nice folks all along our way, but also heavy rain, freeze

Marmot is part of Everest's Deadliest Day 2014

15.09.2014

On October 9th, a panel of the UK’s top mountaineers will be discussing the events leading up to the recent avalanche on the South face Mt. Everest that killed 16 climbing Sherpas, and what this means for the future of Himalayan climbing and the economy Nepal. This event will be a fundraiser for the dZi Foundation, and all proceeds will go to supporting remote communities near Mt. Everest.

The panel discussion will include multi-media presentations, and will be moderated by Ben Ayers – a resident of Nepal for the past 15 years, and pioneer of the labor rights movement for expedition workers through his work with the local NGO, Porters’ Progress. He is currently the Nepal Country Director for the dZi Foundation.

The panelists include Doug Scott, CBE – who, with Dougal Haston, became the first Brit to successfully summit Mt. Everest in 1975 and is considered the father of alpine-style mountaineering. Rebecca Stephens is the first British woman to summit Mt. Everest and is

Marmot is partner of the GS Trophy 2014

01.09.2014

The legendary GS Trophy will start soon. From September 6-13, 64 riders in sixteen teams face a constant stream of new challenges to be overcome in the fascinating wilderness of Western Canada.
The GS Trophy, which takes place every two years, can only be described as an adventure in motorcycling; it is being held for the fourth time in 2014. Western Canada's vast forests, endless dirt roads, adventurous trails and its stunning wildlife provides everything a true adventure needs. Currently, the last preparations are being done. Race director Tomm Wolf, former Canadian cross country champion Pat Horan and Peter Musch, motorcycle and outdoor photographer, are finishing the last stage of scouting of the race tracks through the Canadian Rockies.
As partner, Marmot will be responsible for the riders' equipment - with possible low temepratures and rough weather conditions coming up in September, the right clothing plays a crucial role. Artemis Jacket and Variant Jacket will provide the nec

Marmot24: Success of UK's first 24h mountain marat

30.08.2014

Earlier this month a new mountain running event was launched by Ourea Events Ltd in association with Marmot. Marmot24 is a 24-hour mountain marathon which utilises a rogaining format.

Just under 100 competitors entered the inaugural event, which took place in the fells of the English Lake District – not too far from our UK headquarters. There were many strong and experienced teams as well as first-timers from across the UK, including teams from Spain and France.

Conditions were challenging to say the least, even for the strongest local teams with low cloud, poor visibility, torrential downpours and high winds throughout the race. All this makes the win from Spanish competitors, Aurelio Antonio Olivar & Angel Garcia all the more impressive.

For a full report of the race, including a video of the event and photos from Ian Corless from Talk Ultra and Liam Lonsdale (Marmot UK) click here: www.marmot24.com/news

Markus Bock rockin' Rocklands

28.07.2014

Marmot PRO Markus Bock just arrived back home after spending three weeks in Rocklands / Southafrica to finish off some undone business caused by a back injury there last summer. Before leaving Markus spent some weeks doing physiotherapy to make sure his trip would not end up like in 2013. And this obviously paid off as we can see from his impressive tick list:

8B+
Amandla

8B
The Quintessential
Fragile Steps

8A+
Barracuda sds
Green Mamba
Steak House
Oral Office
A Tea With Elmarie

8A
Royksopp
Herbie, flash
Desperado, flash
Au bord de l'eau
Shallow Cave

You'll find more info on Markus at www.markusbock.com

Photo: Markus in Amandla, 8B+; (c): Marianne Widder

Steve nails first British onsight of "Strawberries

23.06.2014

"Strawberries" (E7 6b) is truely one of the most famous routes in Britain. Located in the lovely crag of Tremadog, it has built a huge reputation since it was first climbed by Ron Fawcett back in the 80ies. The demanding trad route was first onsighted by no other than Stefan Glowacz in 1987, an effort which only Jorg Verhoeven (in 2011) and Hansjörg Auger (2012) could achieve since then. On June 12, Steve McClure could realize the first British onsight of this legendary route - a dream came true for this outstanding climber.

You can read a great interview as well as some more facts on the route here.

New top route for Markus Bock in Frankenjura

19.06.2014

On May 30th Markus opened a new route in his homearea Frankenjura which he describes as one of his hardest routes ever - if not the hardest. It was a long standing project by him which he bolted in 2011.

After a bouldery start around 10moves you join "The Elder Statesman" - a 9a he opened in 2011 - and then you have to climb most of the hard moves of it.

The route is located in a really nice area called "Burggrub" with some historical routes like "Kaum Zeit zum Atmen" 8a+ or "Kamasutra" 8b. The climbing in this area is really technical on slightly overhanging walls with bulletproof rock. The rocks are surrounded by a beautiful landscape dominated by beech trees.

Markus suggests 9a+ for "Becoming".

Photo: (c) Jochen Meyer

More info on Markus at: www.markusbock.com.




Marmot24 – A unique 24h Mountain Marathon

09.05.2014

Marmot’s home are the mountains! After the success of the night marathon Marmot Dark Mountains™ (MDM) 2013 and 2014 Marmot will be partner of yet another unique mountain running event. Marmot24™ combines the very best elements of the predominantly British mountain marathon phenomenon with aspects of the more international, 24-hour rogaining events.



True Team Work

With mountain running and navigation at the heart of the event competitors will have 24, 12 or 6-hours to visit as many checkpoints as possible on a score format course. Competitors will be able to compete in teams of two or four people with an array of trophies on offer for the leading teams in each category.

The location will be announced on the 2nd June 2014 but the event will be held in Northern England in the heart of a spectacular and remote mountain area.

With the 24-hour race starting at noon Saturday, the 12-hour race starting at midnight Saturday and the 6-hour race starting at 0600 on the Sund

Marmot becomes partner at the Melloblocco 2014

26.03.2014

Marmot PROs Stefan Glowacz, Steve McClure and Christian Core will attend the 10 Years Anniversary of the international bouldering meeting in Val di Mello on May 1-4, 2014.

Marmot has become Gold Sponsor of the well known international bouldering meeting Melloblocco.The event will take place in Val di Mello and Val Masino from May 1-4, 2014. Marmot athletes Steve McClure (UK), Christian Core (IT) and Stefan Glowacz (D) will talk about their projects and expeditions, and Leah Crane (UK), Lena Herrmann (D) and others will give it all at the boulder problems in the beautiful valley of Val di Mello.

About Melloblocco
Melloblocco is the largest outdoor bouldering meeting in the world. The idea was born in 2003 and in 2004 its first edition was organized by the Lombardy Mountain Guides, then by the Valmasino Municipality and recently by the Valmasino Tourist Association.
The meeting takes place on the many boulders scattered in Val di Mello and Val Masino (in the province of Sondrio,


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