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Exploring the Georgian Winter

17.12.2015

Where is Svaneti, please...?

In a corner of the world where you can still experience true freeride adventures. Marmot athletes Flo Hellberg and Peter and Hans Riesch, together with photographer Christian Weiermannshaus, set off for the southernmost part of the Greater Caucasus in northwestern Georgia and tell us of impressive rides, adventurous road trips and the drinking capabilities of the Georgian people.



Our starting point was Mestia, at an altitude of 1,400 meters. Mestia is the most important place in Svaneti; it even has its own airport, which is used only in good weather and by small airplanes. That’s why we chose to go by car along the Black Sea coast, a five-hour ride on a road that was pretty adventurous in parts, like the stretch along the reservoir by the 270 meter high Enguri Dam. Mestia is framed by 4,000 to 5,000 meter high mountains and is a place of stark contrasts. The futuristic glass air

Kendal Mountain Festival Review

25.11.2015

Another great Kendal Mountain Festival full of stunning outdoor films, amazing parties, inspiring artwork and meeting interesting people is over. From Marmot side we can look back to a great
Marmot hosted CAC in the Marmot Tent at Kendal Mountain Festival. Over the course of the weekend CAC sold loads of their great merchandise, and in addition over 500 raffle tickets were sold for the chance to win a unique piece of aerosol art painted by graffiti artist Foundry. The winner was local Cumbrian climbing legend Ron Kenyon. Over the course of Sunday Foundry also painted a 12’ wide artwork which, in return for a very generous donation made to CAC ‘s founder John Ellison, was acquired by local dentist and climber Neil Cooper (picture attached) who will install it permanently for all to see at his new Crossbank Dental Care practice due to open in Kendal in Spring 2016.



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Living the Adventure in Norway!

28.10.2015

Living the Adventure! Marmot PRO Teresa Brenner shows us how it’s done. Busy ski-touring in Norway, she’s living her own ski-touring adventure on the island of Senja.

Planning a ski-touring trip to Norway? Already seen Lyngen and Lofoten? Then next time you should definitely visit the island of Senja, located about 180km south of Tromsö, where you arrive by plane. From Munich it’s about a 4 hour flight. Senja is roughly 1,583 km2 in size and around 7,800 people live there.



With a rental car, the drive runs along beautiful fjords until Finnsenes, where a bridge connects the island with the mainland. The ride takes 3 hours at most and from May onwards you can also do it by ferry, shortening the journey time considerably.

If you do ever make it to Senja, you should definitely spend a night in Bents Freeride Lodge in the north-west of the island. It’s the perfect starting point for many ski-tours and Bent, the owner,

New route at the Eiger

28.09.2015

Odyssey 8a+, 1400 meters

Bigwall first ascent of the most difficult route through the Eiger Northface!

The international European Climbing team of Robert Jasper (Germany), Roger Schaeli (Switzerland) and Simon Gitel (Italy) have established a new route on the Eiger Northface (Switzerland).

After the first all free ascent of the Japaneese -Direct (8a) 2009 Robert Jasper and Roger Schäli discovered this new line leading trough the steepest and most challenging part of this face with its always cold conditions.

During the following years, they were busy with their aim to free the big historic Direttissimas such as the Harlin-Direct with Heckmair Exit 7a,M8 1800 Meter in 2010 or the Ghilini-Direttissima 7c,1300 meters in 2013.

So they had only few days in the last years when the weather and the conditions made it possible to push forward their project of this first ascent. Conditions are everything on the Eiger this rule did not change by global warming! S

Greenland Dreams 2015

11.09.2015

Greenland Dreams 2015 – Finnish Greenland Expedition

Tobias, a native Greenlandic hunter and all-rounder speeds the small boat trough Sermilik fjords. He steers the light boat with steady movements; we have never seen an icebergs so we’re not sure, should we be scared of them or not. In the end it doesn’t really matter as we are finally here, approaching the edge of sea and ice near the coast of mainland Greenland. We are here to ski across the whole thing. 700 kilometers to go; all across the world’s second largest glacier. Our chosen style is unsupported and unassisted from coast to coast. Two guys with a shared dream of a long and cold journey.




We arrived in Angmagssalik over a week before. Very bad weather did not allow us to start skiing; first our cargo was stuck at Kulusuk due to low visibility and later heavy winds kept things on the ground. During spring the only way t

Have a nice movie night and help Nepal!

08.09.2015

The dZi Foundation & Porters’ Progress UK present Telluride Mountain Film London on Wednesday 16 September from 7pm – 10pm.

Check it out



She’s done it again!

03.09.2015

Lena Hermann, adopted daughter of Franconia and Marmot PRO athlete, sent her second 8c last week – less than six months after her first. As she posted on Instagram, she found the route surprisingly easy. Read Lena’s account of the route here:

“The route “Father and Son” had already been recommended to me by a few people. This summer I went to the crag for the first time; I went a couple of times but never climbed there, because it was just too hot for me. I just belayed instead. But I kept looking up at the line and getting more and more motivated to try it. There’s this shallow crack that runs up to an overhang and I was wondering how I would climb it. Then I went back on a cooler day with a bunch of friends, and I was able to have a first proper look at the route. After just two days working it I managed to clip the chain at the top. It was the first female ascent of this route and I was absolutely delighted. It was incredibly good fun and the moves are so good that I

Marmot’s summer of running 2015

25.08.2015

It’s been a hot summer, for sure. But that did not stop the competitors in the Marmot 24h Mountain Marathon in southern Scotland and the Walser Trail Challenge in Kleinwalsertal (Austria) from giving it everything they had. The organizers of these two extraordinary trail running events reported that the two events were a big success and the winners were very happy.

Marmot 24™

Marmot24™ is one of the small and friendly mountain running events that the mountain marathon community love. Many people will be familiar with the British mountain marathon format but less will have experience of the more international rogaining format. Marmot24™ combines the best of both, and the result is one hell of an awesome race… that is, of course, if you want heaps of mountain running, lashings of endurance and both night and day navigation? It is a very big challenge and the competitors at the 2014 and 2015 events seem universally agreed that it is the toughest mountain m

Climbing during pregnancy and beyond

27.07.2015

Climbing during pregnancy and beyond
By Sarah Seeger

“I am pregnant” – how unfamiliar this sentence sounded to me in the beginning and how curious it made me! I had decided to let a little person into my life who would now dictate the rhythm of my daily routine and who would also affect me as a climber.

At the beginning of my pregnancy I dropped all ambitions regarding my climbing performance and took climbing as an opportunity to stay active, to meet friends and to be outdoors. I climbed literally according to my gut instinct and was glad about every day I could spend at the crag with my growing belly.

Besides that, I searched for some more fact-based information about climbing during pregnancy. However, from a medical or sport-science perspective still not much research has been done on the topic. My gyn and my midwife didn’t have much experience with pregnant climbers either (I am also not a medical expert so please don’t read this text as a medical

Matilda Söderlund returns to Marmot

13.07.2015

Top Swedish climber Matilda Söderlund is excited about returning to the Marmot PRO Athletes Team.

After two years working with a Swedish company, Matilda Söderlund is now back in the Marmot PRO Team. “I’m looking forward to working closely with Marmot in the next few years,” she tells us. After just a few days climbing and checking out the brand new Summer 2016 Rock Collection during a photo shoot in her native Sweden, Matilda was impressed. She is currently away on a climbing trip to France and Switzerland and has an ambitious list of projects, including several routes in the 8b/8b+ range and maybe even an 8c. Needless to say, we are all pretty excited and are looking forward to getting the latest updates from Matilda.

About Matilda Söderlund:

Top Swedish climber Matilda Söderlund (23) loves living life in the vertical environment. Since the age of 11 she has been passionate about sport climbing – in the gym, in competitions and


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