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    The Reel Rock 12 Trailer is here!

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    News & Events

    With nervous excitement we are pleased to announce that the Reel Rock 12 Trailer is here!

    And with less than a month until the Canberra screening tickets are moving quickly, get yours at the Mont Shop Fyshwick or Online.

    Get ready for climbing’s greatest stories, stars & sends. Four new films that'll blow minds & buckle knees, deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs & pure inspiration.

    Plus the ANU Mountaineering Club will run their gourmet BBQ fundraiser from 6pm, this year sponsored by Capital Brewing Co. with proceeds to ANUMC!

    6pm for 7pm start on the 14th of November
    National Film & Sound Archive
    Arc Cinema
    1 McCoy Circuit Acton ACT 2601

    Reel Rock 12 tickets are on sale now alongside a complete range of rock climbing hardware, footwear, clothing and adventure equipment online & in-store at the Mont Shop Fyshwick.

    The Mont Shop
    18 Pirie Street
    Fyshwick ACT 2609

    02 6162 1661
    shop@mont.com.au

    BBQ and drinks not included in ticket price

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  • Expeditions & Adventures

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    Backcountry snow report from Mont Ambassador Doug Chatten

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    Expeditions & Adventures

    Ski touring on the Main Range is currently in great shape! Kosciuszko Rd to Charlotte Pass is still snow bound so best access to The Western Faces is currently from Guthega. Cover is getting patchy through the trees from Farm Ck but consistent from Illawong flats onwards. Faces that are normally by now starting to get land locked like North side of Twynam, Carruthers & Sentinel country are still continuous cover.

    Doug relaxing in the dug out

     

    "Faces that are normally by now starting to get land locked like North side of Twynam, Carruthers & Sentinel country are still continuous cover"

    Just finished a four day spring mission dug into the lee side of Crags Ck saddle, skiing great lines off the Nth side of Twynam & very challenging variations in the Crags which are only skiable in good winters. Often during winter the descents in the Crags are wind scoured & not for the faint hearted. With ideal spring conditions we could really get into skiing some difficult pitches and exciting climbing. Ascending with climbing skins is not even an option & best done with crampons, a lightweight ski mountaineering axe & the Black Diamond Whippet. This handy tool is a ski pole that has an ice axe pick built into the handle & a great bit of kit to beef up your protection in exposed areas.

    Doug-cramponing-up

    On the way out climbing Mt Twynam with a loaded overnight pack I was stoked with how breathable the Mont Ascent Jacket is. My buddies made two clothing transitions while I kept the Ascent Jacket on from the start to the top of the climb. Even while working hard cramponing out of the Crags & again up the backside of Twynam the Ascent with its active cut & excellent breathability was the perfect choice.

     

    "With clear & calm skies we opted for the freedom of open air camping digging our dog boxes into the slope."

    Cramping up in the backcountry snow

    With clear & calm skies we opted for the freedom of open air camping digging our dog boxes into the slope. A kitchen, bedrooms & hardware room connected by a 15 metre terrace. Couldn’t have been toastier tucked up in my Mont Main Range sleeping bag under the stars. With excellent conditions & skiing straight out the back door there was plenty of time for lounging & back to camp for a cuppa with lunch then an arvo session of more steeps.

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    Doug Chatten
    Pro Patrol & Mont Ambassador

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  • Expert outdoor advice

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    Essential Gear for Backcountry Adventures This Spring

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    Expert outdoor advice

    With spring here and the snow resorts winding down their operations you may think that the 2017 alpine season is coming to an end. Not so! The Australian Backcountry has only just gotten started. Discover the snow beyond the ski lifts and experience a richer, more rewarding alpine experience.

    Here we have compiled a list of the essential gear required for backcountry adventures be it snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice climbing or alpine touring.

    IMPORTANT
    Alpine environments are prone to rapid & extreme changes in weather conditions, having the right equipment is critical for the safety of you and your group.

    Use this list to check that you possess all the gear required for adventures into an alpine environment. For any gear that you are unsure of contact Mont Adventure Equipment, experts in alpine clothing & equipment.

    ESSENTIAL CLOTHING

    • Thermal Long Pants, Polartec/synthetic, NOT COTTON. Men's // Women's
    • Thermal Top, Polartec/synthetic, NOT COTTON. Men's // Women's
    • 1 or 2 Mid layer fleece for active use, Polartec 100 weight or Power Stretch Pro fleece, NOT
    • COTTON. Men's // Women's
    • Hooded shell jacket: Waterproof, windproof, breathable. Men's // Women's
    • Shell pants: Waterproof, windproof, breathable. Men's // Women's
    • Insulated jacket: down or synthetic. Men's // Women's
    • Warm Socks 2 pairs, NOT COTTON // Men's // Women's
    • Beanie
    • Ski gloves
    • Spare socks, NOT COTTON
    • Spare gloves

    ESSENTIAL GEAR

    OPTIONAL GEAR

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  • Expeditions & Adventures

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    epoch, seal, penguin, antarctica, spindrift, kayak, geoff murray

    BGLE 80th Anniversary Sea Kayak Expedition Antarctica 2017. By Geoff Murray

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    Expeditions & Adventures

    Our expedition was called the BGLE 80th Anniversary Sea Kayak Expedition Antarctica 2017. BGLE stands for British Graham Land Expedition. This expedition took place in 1934-37 and was led by Australian John Rymill. The expedition performed valuable scientific and exploratory work in this relatively unknown region with the northern base being on Argentine Island which was our expedition’s final destination.

    Rymill was also the surrogate leader of a previous expedition in East Greenland in 1932 whose aim was to investigate the possibility of establishing a transcontinental air route between England and Canada. They were sponsored for this expedition by PanAm airlines. 
    The Greenland expedition was based in Tugtilik (also known as Lake Fjord) which is 100kms north of the nearest tiny settlement of Sermiligaq pop. 230. Sermiligaq is in itself a very remote location and Tugtilik is extremely remote. Rymill had to take control of the expedition after its leader, Gino Watkins, died in a hunting accident very shortly after reaching Tugtilik.

    Camp at Wordie House, Winter Island, Antarctica, 2017 by Geoff Murray

    I paddled to Tugtilik with a small group in 2016 and we became only the 4th kayaking expedition to reach this location in the last 84 years. Hence, there was a tangible link between my East Greenland expedition and this latest Antarctic expedition.

    Humpback Whale, Antarctica 2017, by Geoff Murray

     

    "... a stunning yet at the same time, deadly coastline. Landing places are few and far between with huge, unstable ice cliffs or vertical rock faces between."

    The distance between the start point, Enterprise Island, and Argentine Island was 300km and this involved paddling a stunning yet at the same time, deadly coastline. Landing places are few and far between with huge, unstable ice cliffs or vertical rock faces between. Icebergs are an ever present threat as they can capsize without warning and glacier faces can be equally unstable, calving spontaneously. Likewise the weather was a serious consideration, with the possibility of violent katabatic winds always in the background (as we found out one day!)

    But the rewards were immense, as we sighted whales, seals and penguins in one of Earth’s most spectacular locations as we paddled the Antarctic coastline.

    Fur Seal, Antarctica 2017, by Geoff Murray

    I took a new Mont Epoch tent with me, slept in a Mont Spindrift sleeping bag and kept warm during the day wearing Mont Polartec Power Stretch Pro fleece under my Icicle jacket. This stuff works and I was not once cold.

    A wonderful trip to an awesome location!

    Geoff Murray
    Mont Ambassador, wilderness and landscape photographer, explorer

    Goeff Murray, Antarctica 2017

    Emma Island Camp, Antarctica 2017, by Geoff Murray

    Winter Island Camp, Antarctica 2017, by Geoff Murray

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