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In this weeks episode, host Daniel Neilson, chats with adventurer Alice Morrison. Alice is one of those people who you would say ‘lives life’, describing herself as Indiana Jones for girls - crossing Jordan, running the Marathon de Sables, and cycling 8,000 miles from Cairo to Cape Town in the Tour D'Afrique. She has also written four books and made a BBC2 series about her adventures. We speak to Alice from her home in Morocco, where she describes the story of her latest book 'Walking With Nomads', giving up the corporate world for a life of adventur, and a glimpse at the alarming sex life of camels. Her latest book, Walking With Nomads, is out now. You can find more details at alicemorrison.co.uk. As always, thanks for listening and we'd love it if you could leave a review wherever you get your podcasts. 
In this episode, host Daniel Neilson speaks to ultra-athlete, Ed Harris. Ed is one of those people who like to run ludicrous distances, pretty quickly. Ahead of the Montane Summer Spine, the fair-weather version of the 268-mile endurance race from Edale in the Peak District to the Scottish Borders. For those unfamiliar, this is regarded as one of the toughest races on earth - you can learn more about it in this official story behind it. Although Ed won't be on the line on June 18th, he previously competed in the inaugural Summer edition in 2021, finishing 4th place by running a total of 94 hours and 33 minutes.  Daniel and Ed discuss how to keep going when things seem very far away, how his training has shifted to focus on his wellbeing, and why the scenery of the Spine race is one of the biggest motivations. 
In this episode, host Daniel Neilson speaks with Emily Law and Ben Roberts who are both climbers, and instruct on the Mountains in Wales. The trajectory of climbing skills isn’t always straightforward. In fact, there’s one big elephant in the room, one which Emily confronts head-on in her short film Free to Fall. Falling is a real fear at most levels of climbing, and one we all need to address, whether you're just starting out or hitting the lofty grades that Ben Roberts is tackling at the moment. Emily discusses how she overcame these fears, the methods she used to combat that, and how these skills can be used in other parts of everyday life. 
Running for Our Lives

Running for Our Lives

2022-05-1833:49

In this week’s episode, host Daniel Neilson speaks to runner and author Rachel Ann Cullen. She took an extraordinary running experience – one that became loaded with negativity – and turned it into an inspiring book about running and positive mental health in her first book Running For My Life. In her latest book, Running For Our Lives, the subtitle tells it all: Stories of everyday runners overcoming extraordinary adversity. It's a voice for runners of all types who have found running can help deal with mental health struggles, grief and other serious traumas. In this conversation, we cover her own story of running, unpack how running can sometimes reinforce negative issues, and in turn offer practical ways to help everyone achieve a positive experience when they run.
Hello and welcome to Further Faster brought to you by Montane. Host Daniel Neilson talks to ultra athletes, explorers, filmmakers, climbers and those involved in the outdoor world who are at the top of their game, to find out why they do what they do and how they do what they do.  In this episode, we touch on a subject we’ve not really covered before...the topic of bikepacking! To help guide us through it is a gravel riding enthusiast Katherine Moore, who is also the senior editor at Komoot, a popular route planning tool for cyclists. Tune in for a delightful chat understanding how she got into bikepacking, and how you can get into it too. We also talk about the things you can see on the trails – about birds, about wildlife, talking about the change in the seasons… basically a reminder that cycling doesn’t have to be about chasing Strava times. Feeling inspired? Take a look at Montane's bikepacking kit on the website for your chance to get geared up for a cycling adventure. 
The Climate Project

The Climate Project

2022-04-1321:35

In this podcast, host Daniel Neilson speaks with Dr Catherine Flitcroft, Access and Conservation Officer at the British Mountaineering Council. The BMC is an organisation that represents the needs of climbers, hillwalkers and mountaineers, all the while helping protect the landscape that allows us to fulfil our passions.Montane has supported the BMC’s Climate Project, raising more than £25,000 from sales of the Montane x BMC clothing collaboration. That money has translated into planting more than 1,000 square metres of sphagnum moss. In the following conversation, Dr Catherine Flitcroft talks about her work at a policy level, about how we can help preserve our landscapes and why sphagnum moss is a miracle plant that can help combat climate change. It’s fascinating. Learn about Montane’s partnership with the BMC at montane.com/bmc. 
The Grand Traverse

The Grand Traverse

2022-03-3027:53

In this episode, host Daniel Neilson talks to Andrew Arell, who is the Race Director of The Grand Traverse. For the first time in 2022, Montane is headline sponsoring this prestigious, 40-mile, point-to-point ski race. Starting in Crested Butte, Colorado, racers tackle the Elk Mountain Range, climbing 6,500 feet (2088m) to finish in Aspen. This years race is taking place on April 2nd to 3rd. In recent years the race has also added 2 additional summer experiences. Held in September, racers can tackle the route on foot or on mountain bikes.  Andrew gives us his point of view as the director and delves into the complexities of organising a race that heads deep into the backcountry, with the risks of extreme weather and avalanche terrain. Most importantly he wants everyone to be safe and have a great experience. Thanks for listening! Please leave us a rating or review and we’ll be back in a couple of weeks.  
In part two of our International Women’s Day special, guest host Jenny Tough catches up with Montane athlete Katy Parrott the night before she flies to Northern Sweden to take part in the Lapland Arctic Ultra. In this far-reaching interview, the two delve into Katy’s preparation for the race and her impressive career. She also tells us about how her Mum was her source of inspiration growing up and pushed her to go outside her comfort zone. Jenny and Katy also discuss their shared love of painting as a way of decompressing and how everyone appreciates art in their own way. It’s an amazing, inspirational conversation. If you’re enjoying these podcasts as much as we enjoy making them, please leave a rating or review wherever you listen to your podcasts. Listen to Part 1 of this special International Women's Day podcast here: Jessie Leong IWD22 (Part 1/2)
Welcome to Further Faster, brought to you by Montane. This is first of a couple of podcasts with guest host Jenny Tough, an adventurer and author, who, having run across a mountain range on every continent is now cycling across a mountain range in every continent… in 12 months. In this episode, Jenny speaks to fellow Montane athlete Jessie Leong, who is a mountaineer, adventure photographer and storyteller. They discuss mountaineering, learning new skills, as well as the inspiring Victorian Alpine climber Lucy Walker. If you’re enjoying these podcasts as much as we enjoy making them, please leave a review wherever you find these podcasts.
Summit Fever Media

Summit Fever Media

2022-03-0228:53

In this episode, Daniel chats with Ellie and Matt Green of Summit Fever Media , an adventure film and content creation production company. They tell us about their careers and how they first got into the filmmaking industry, as well as their latest film “The Longest Line.” The film followed Jenny Graham and Calum Maclean on the longest straight-line between two roads in the UK and has gone on to win various awards at prestigious film festivals. Their film is now available to watch on YouTube and you can follow Matt and Ellie on Instagram.  Please don’t forget to leave us a rating or review wherever you listen to your podcasts. *Warning: Contains some explicit language. 
In this episode, host Daniel Neilson talks to alpinist, filmmaker, and climate change advocate Graham Zimmerman. Graham has taken on some of the biggest mountains in the world, such as K2 and Link Sar, and uses his stories to help make the world a better place.He offers thought-provoking insights into his exceptional climbing career, much of it in the Greater Ranges, and his work with Protect Our Winters. POW is a climate action charity that brings together pro athletes and passionate outdoor enthusiasts to raise awareness and bring about systemic climate change solutions. If you’re enjoying these podcasts as much as we enjoy making them, please leave us a rating and review so we can continue to bring you stories from inspiring people from around the world.*Warning: Contains some explicit language.
In this episode, host Daniel Neilson talks to ultra-runner Kevin Leahy and filmmaker Adrian McCarthy. While backpacking in Canada’s Yukon Territory, Kevin discovered the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. Feeling inspired, he went back a year later to tackle the 100 Mile race and won! On February 3rd 2022, he’s heading back to take on the 300-mile race. Then a few weeks later, he’s flying to Sweden for the Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra.Filmmaker Adrian McCarthy has been following Kevin over the last two years, documenting his journey through training around Killarney, lockdowns, and cancellations as part of their documentary “1000km of Chaos.” Kevin and Adrian give us an amazing insight into preparing, training, and developing the mindset to take on hundreds of miles in extremely cold conditions. To follow Kevin’s progress in the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra from February 3rd visit montane.com/yukonarcticultra. You can also track Kevin from March 6th during Lapland Arctic Ultra via the Montane website. If you would like to know more about their film project visit 1000kmofchaos.com. 
The Spine

The Spine

2022-01-1924:20

To kick off the new year, we're taking a look at the Montane Spine Race, a 268 mile, 7 day, winter ultra. Starting in Edale the race follows the Pennine Way through the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, and into the Northumberland National Park over the Cheviots, finishing in Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish Border.To start, we hear from Montane athlete Debbie Martin-Consani, who came first in the women's field, moments after she crossed the finish line. Host, Daniel Nielson chats with Montane ambassador and running coach Howard Dracup, who this year took part in the Spine Challenger North Race and took an impressive third overall. Howard tells us about the nitty-gritty of the race and how he tackled his training.  And finally, we caught up with Eoin Keith, the overall winner, at the finish line.  
The Longest Line

The Longest Line

2021-12-2333:46

In this episode, we speak to Jenny Graham and Calum Maclean about their challenge, which wasn't the furthest, nor the fastest, but the straightest. A few years ago, Ordnance Survey found the longest straight line in Britain that didn't cross any paved roads. The line crosses the Cairngorms, and over four days Jenny and Calum walked that line, crossing whatever they came up against. On hand were Matt and Ellie Green from Summit Fever Media to record the trip. The result is The Longest Line, a short film about their exploits. The film will be available to watch as a live premiere on December 28th at 7 p.m. via our Facebook channel and will also be available on YouTube until midnight, December 29th. 
Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts

2021-12-0130:52

In this episode, we talk to the rising star of ultra races, Simon Roberts. This guy just keeps winning! Not least of all the recent Montane Dragon's Back Race, a mountainous 380km ultra run across Wales.Daniel speaks to Simon about how a mindset change changed everything, some unorthodox self-motivation techniques, and his hopes for the forthcoming winter ultra, the Montane Cheviot Goat in Northumberland this weekend. The Cheviot Goat is a 55 mile (11,500 feet of ascent) winter ultra run through Northumberland National Park. The Cheviots are a sprawling range of rolling hills straddling the Anglo-Scottish border with one of the lowest population densities anywhere in the UK, and is widely considered one of the last wild places in England.  
Joanne Backshall and Steve Tonkin are the programme manager and digital lead for Fix the Fells. For 20 years, this organisation has made an astonishing impact helping to offset visitors’ impact on the Lake District fells. Just have a glance at the before and after photos on fixthefells.co.uk for the frankly jaw-dropping changes that have been made by this inspiring team.  Over the years, more than £10 million worth of donations have been made to help support this cause. This year, Montane are also donating money to Fix The Fells on Black Friday – instead embracing Green Friday. In addition to this, we also are matching funding people who raise funds for Fix The Fells when running the George Fisher Tea Round. If you’ve not heard of the tea round, google it - you'll want to give it a try! In this podcast they share the history of Fix the Fells, where it all began and what it’s all about. But most importantly they discuss what we can all do to help stop erosion, so we can maintain the biodiversity of the Lake District’s landscapes for future generations. Listen in. 
Pedal4Parks

Pedal4Parks

2021-11-0925:46

Welcome to Further Faster in association with Montane. In this episode, recorded on the day COP26 opened, host Daniel Neilson spoke to two guys who have just made a film – 14 Days South: Over Sea & Land – highlighting the good news stories of climate solutions across the UK. Pedal4Parks is a group of five friends who, over 14 days, cycled from the Orkney to the Isles of Scilly through six national parks and speaking to a staggering 26 organisations involved in wildly differing solutions to climate change.Issac Kenyon, one of the five eco-adventurers explains why they embarked on this huge project. Also joining him is filmmaker Kev Merrey from SkyRise Productions who talks about the challenges of filming both the adventure and the interviews of so many people. They start with news, the film is being shown at COP26! Eager to find out more? Listen to our podcast to find out more about their incredible journey across the British Isles by bike.  Follow Pedal4Parks on Instagram. 
Welcome to the Further. Faster. Podcast in association with Montane. The host Daniel Neilson speaks to ultra-athletes, mountaineers, climbers and explorers to talk about how they do what they do and why they do it. This episode's guest is a climber, an exceptional climber, but one who has been described as 'controversial' and 'notorious'. Notorious for the new routes he's achieved, and notorious for the risks he takes – sometimes leading to unimaginably huge falls. Perhaps it was this notoriety that led filmmaker Al Lee to focus his lens on Franco Cookson for his forthcoming film "Fall Theory." In a thoroughly entertaining interview, they discuss why he takes such great risks, the mindset it takes to make a fall, and why the North York Moors is the centre of the universe. It's a fun one... Listen in!
Montane Dragon's Back

Montane Dragon's Back

2021-08-3148:50

Hello and welcome to Further Faster, in association with Montane. I’m Daniel Neilson and it’s my job to talk to ultra athletes, explorers, climbers and mountaineers who are at the top of their game, to find out why they do what they do and how they do what they do.  So, we could call this episode a Dragon’s Back Race special. A little ode to a big race - a race big enough to be described as the toughest mountain race in the world.  The 2021 edition of the race - setting off in September - covers 380km of the most beautiful Welsh landscape in 6 days, a height gain of 17,400 metres.   And in some ways, the next 40 minutes with Lowri Morgan and Chris Baynham-Hughes is that – these are two people passionate about the Dragon’s Back Race, but really what this three-way chat became was an insight into the power of races like this to foster friendships, to push boundaries that in turn benefit all elements of life, and why participating in events like this is a privilege, an adventure and, most importantly, a joy. 
Building Communities

Building Communities

2021-04-0648:37

Hello and welcome to Further Faster in association with Montane. For season 2, we've been loosely theming our podcasts and this one has a clear thread. Yes, our two guests are both involved with bouldering what we really wanted to speak about was community, how it's built up and what other disciplines can learn from bouldering.  Annie Martin is part of one of the UK's most popular bouldering YouTube channels Bouldering Dabrats', a filmmaker, and jointly runs Beta Magazine, online climbing and outdoors magazine aimed at women. Through the magazine and YouTube channel, she's one of the figures who addresses the scene from a completely different angle. We delve into where bouldering sits in the climbing scene as a whole, and the large and supportive community that has developed around the  Bouldering Dabrats channel.But their inspiration was Bouldering Bobat, a YouTube channel with more than 25 million views. We have a refreshingly honest conversation with founder member Omar Bobat about the foundations of the channel, the larger community and how he found himself, perhaps unwittingly, at the vanguard of a new generation of climbers and boulderers. And be warned: No matter if your a runner, climber, mountaineer, you will be considering your own YouTube channel by the end... listen in. 
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