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    mexico, film festival, backcountry, japan, skiing

    Backcountry Film Festival @ The Mont Shop Canberra

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    News & Events

    The Mont Shop in Canberra, supported by Main Range Backcountry, is hosting a Backcountry Film Festival on the 11th of August on the Mont Big Screen.

    The night will feature a collection of short films from the backcountry; snow beyond the ski lifts. From Iceland, to Japan, to Mexico & more, epic powder days, gruelling ascents and endless turns back down.

    Tickets are available from the Mont Shop in Fyshwick and are only a gold coin (you can give more) that will go to the Mountain Critter Cause, a fundraiser to protect the Mountain Pygmy Possum.

    Tickets are limited and will go quickly, so hurry in to avoid disappointment!

    Plus we have lucky door prizes including the chance to win a two day avalanche awareness course valued at $300 with Main Range Backcountry.

    WHEN 6pm Thursday 11 August
    WHERE The Mont Shop Fyshwick Big Screen
    18 Pirie St Fyshwick ACT 2609
    PHONE 02 6162 1661
    EMAIL shop@mont.com.au

    Visit the Mont Shop Canberra for a complete range of backcountry & AT gear, expert advice & mountain knowledge.

    Backcountry Film Festival at the Mont Shop in Canberra. Poster. Photos by Tony Wehr of Doug Chatten in the backcountry, NSW Snowy Mountains

    Header image from The Weight of Winter by Ben Sturgulewski

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  • News & Events

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    film, backcountry, skiing

    The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival

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    News & Events

    ANU Mountaineering Club is hosting the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival.

    The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled.

    When: 6:30pm Thursday, 23 July
    Where: Haydon-Allen Building, ANU, Canberra
    Tickets: $5 donation from students and $10 from non-students.
    All proceeds going to the Australian Himalayan Foundation.

    Lucky door prizes include gear from Mont Adventure Equipment as well as a guided backcountry day-trip voucher for up to four people with Main Range Back Country.

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  • Expert outdoor advice

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    backcountry, helium 600, camping, dog boxing, doug chatten, main range, mont ambassador

    Dog Boxing with Doug Chatten

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    Expert outdoor advice

    Doug Chatten, Professional Ski Patroller and Mont Ambassador, has had plenty of experience when it comes to on-snow camping. Read on for his guide to a comfortable night on the slopes.

    My preferred style of overnight ski touring is combining gear & clothing in a lightweight minimalistic sleeping system so I’m not wasting energy on the approach. I like to head for the steeps where I can ski & climb & give the Mont team some real product feedback.

    Doug Chatten, Mont Ambassador

    When bivvying on the steeps I fashion a dog box; a pit across the slope which keeps me arrested particularly in icy conditions. A wind spine amongst some good rock anchors on a steep slope makes a good site. At one end I have a foot well with a bench in front so I can sit up, get organised & cook. It adds a new dimension to ski in ski out accommodation & provides for some spectacular sunsets. A Helium sleeping bag and Warmlite sleeping mat under the open sky provides adequate comfort & warmth.
     

    "It adds a new dimension to ski in ski out accommodation"

    Doug Chatten, Mont Ambassador, dog boxing on the Aussie Snowys

    The following is a clothing list for a mid-winter trip, from this I have choices to regulate my sleeping system by how much I wear at night

    Travelling light doesn’t provide the sanctuary of a base camp, is reliant on suitable weather conditions, a disciplined approach, quality gear and clothing, keeping busy, being fit, fuelled up, hydrated & maintaining a realistic schedule. If any of these factors are missing you need to reschedule or fatten up your kit! If one thing’s for sure I never compromise on the quality of my gear, that’s why I choose Mont.

    Doug Chatten, Mont Ambassador

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