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Baffin Island – by fair means

04.11.2016

340 km, 29 days, 280 kilos of gear. Professional climber and adventurer Stefan Glowacz crossed one of the most remote Arctic regions of the world together with climbing partner Robert Jasper and photographer Klaus Fengler – using only skis and sledges. Their goal: a first ascent of a big wall in Sam Ford Fjord. Drama and disappointment awaited them - but there were also unexpected moments of happiness. This is a story of the power of nature, the beauty of the moment and the realization that sometimes, the journey is indeed the goal.



Stefan Glowacz, Robert Jasper & Klaus Fengler

Awe, humility, gratitude – and quiet, pure euphoria. Silently we stand in the freezing air as this wave of emotions washes over us. The wall of cloud that had not long before closed in on us and is still looming overhead, suddenly tears open – almost as if it had been waiting for us. The rays of the midnight bathe the landscape 800 meters below us in a mystical light:

Kaabah 8c+ by Jim Pope

21.10.2016

17-year-old Jim Pope has ticked his hardest route to date, Kaabah 8c+ at  Raven Tor (Miller's Dale), Derbyshire. Having ticked Mecca 8b+ at the age of 15 and Mecca Extension 8c at 16, Steve McClure's Kaabah - the direct extension to Mecca - seemed like a logical next step. 

A couple of redpoints in the blinding sun on Saturday saw Jim fall from a highpoint on the last hard move. Dubious weather on Sunday morning made a successful redpoint seem unlikely, but fortunately conditions improved for sticking the final hard move and clipping the chains.

Jim told UKC:
'I didn't intend to climb it in the sun, I set off in the shade, then the route came into the sun when I had my best attempt on Saturday and the same thing actually happened on the successful attempt, but I tried a bit harder!' 

He added:
'I wanted to try Kaabah because I already knew Mecca well and liked the length of the route and the crux at the top is really crimpy and technical, which suit

Marmot24™ race report

22.08.2016

At the first weekend of August it was time for the 3rd edition of the Marmot24™ hour race in Bowhill, Scottish Borders (UK). Marmot24™ combines the very best elements of the predominantly British mountain marathon phenomenon with the most exciting aspects of the more international, 24-hour rogaining events. The result is a stunning new event format that was launched to widespread acclaim in 2014. With mountain running and navigation at the heart of the event, competitors have up to 24-hours to visit as many checkpoints as possible on a score format course. Competitors are able to compete solo, in teams of two, or in four-person tag teams. Usually the race is characterized by typical British weather, however, this time the weather goods apparently were positively disposed to the event. Race Director Shane Ohly reports about this year’s 24-hour race:

Marmot24™ is one of my favorite events to organize. It is a grassroots mountain marathon event, that attracts experienced and ca

Marmot Frankenjura Climbing Festival 2016

03.06.2016

A cool location, an exciting program, creative characters, interesting speakers and a bunch of enthusiastic climbers all keen on celebrating together – these are the ingredients that guaranteed a jam-packed and all-round successful climbing festival!
Following the great success of the Marmot Frankenjura Climbing Festival in 2012 (see here) for an report - in German only) the expectations for the 2nd edition of this unique event were, of course, very high. Four years ago, the evening party at the outdoor swimming pool in Betzenstein was massively popular, with over 1,000 spectators gathering to watch the spectacle of the Deepwater Bouldering Contest, party together and enjoy the evening.
This year, the natural spa town of Koenigstein was the hub of the event, which took place from 26th-29th May 2016. People camped, celebrated and took part in workshops; talks and concerts were held and once again ther

Melloblocco 2016 – Here comes the sun!

12.05.2016

The 13th edition of Melloblocco took place at the weekend of 5 to 8 May in Val Masino, Italy. 2,800 registered climbers underline the success of the event which has no other equals in the climbing world.

Melloblocco is an open boulder competition with 13 men’s and women’s boulder problems. However, the event is much more than just a boulder comp! The extensive side programme ranges from presentations, parties, product tests, Italian delicacies to a simply unsurpassable scenery. Sparkling rivers, green meadows and a vast number of blocs are surrounded by impressive rock walls and mountains.

Again, Marmot was part of this great event and is proud to announce that two our their PRO athletes could finish with great results. Congrats to Anna Laitingen (FI) who became second in the women’s ranking and Jorg Verhoeven (NL) who became 6th in the male ranking. Great job!

For a more detailed report on the event see: www.melloblocco.it/en/category/news/

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CWIF 2016 review

17.03.2016

Last weekend the #CWIF 2016 took place at the world famous Climbing Works. The event is a huge bouldering festival in Sheffield (UK), where hundreds of strong world class climbers take part in three rounds of qualification.

Twenty women and men made it through to semi-finals which took place on Sunday; with Marmot PRO athletes Jim Pope, Leah Crane and Jorg Verhoeven successfully qualifying.

Following an IFSC Boulder World Cup format, an exciting round of competition took place with both Leah and Jorg advancing to finals later that evening.

Opened by a spectacular array of videos and visuals, finals began with Leah and Jimmy Webb climbing first. Leah started with a flash of her first boulder setting a high bar from the off. After four hard boulders and some brilliant route setting the competitors were split with Jorg finishing in 6th place and Leah taking a podium finish, in third. A huge congratulation to both athletes.

In addition to the individual event, Marmot sent a tea

Entries open for Marmot Dark Mountains 2017

16.03.2016

Marmot Dark Mountains™ 2016 saw an unprecedented 200 competitors take to the Northern Fells of the Lake District, starting from the event centre in Mungrisedale, in what can only be described as windy and wintery conditions. As Andrew Higgins (competing on the Elite course with Adam Stirk) put it, “…one of the best challenges of sound mountain judgement, endurance and skill that I have ever had the pleasure of competing in. By retiring with windburned eyes after 8.5hrs of pretty full on fun - I think Adam and I passed the test, despite not completing the challenge. We will be back...”.

Marmot Dark Mountains™ follows the usual two-day mountain marathon format but condenses it into one winter’s night. Elite, A, B, C and Score categories set off in pairs on a staggered start, the longer courses followed by the shorter ones, all hoping to converge back at the event centre as dawn breaks. Live GPS tracking enables the organisers, alongside friends, family, and any other k

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,


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