The 2017 Lookback – Memories Made

As the New Year nears, we’re taking a look back at the Memories Made in 2017.

It’s been a fantastic year for Berghaus – and a big thank you to all that have been a part of it! Yes, we are talking to you, reading this blog, thank you!

Our Events:

Just a few of the events in 2017…

The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race 2017

In May we saw the return of the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race™. The toughest 5-day mountain running race in the world.

This legendary race follows the mountainous spine of Wales from north to south. The incredible 5-day journey is 315 kilometres long with 15,500 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain.

You can see how the action unfolded here.

The Trail Takeover

On Saturday 26th August, we teamed up with our friends at ViewRanger to take over three trails across the UK; setting routes for you to follow with rewards and experiences hidden along the way.

Hundreds of people joined us on a journey into the outdoors and shared their #TrailTakeover experiences for the chance to win the top-notch prize of a 3 night, 5-star, Lake District adventure holiday, worth up to £2,000.

The highlights

Kendal Mountain Festival

In November we had a fantastic time at Kendal Mountain Festival. A huge thank you to everyone that dropped by!

There was a lot going on, from film premieres to expedition giveaways and from expert workshops, to book signings, to trail runs. We even gave away an expedition worth £2500!
Our Kendal highlights blog

Berghaus on the silver screen

Berghaus supported on two adventure films this year.

Bonington | Mountaineer – My Life Story

An award winning 80 minute feature film documenting the life of one of the world’s most famous mountaineers and non-exec chairman of Berghaus Sir Chris Bonington.

Stories of friendship, love, risk and devastating loss run deep through this intimate journey of one man’s dream. This film is an inspiration overload – find out more here: boningtonfilm.com

Conquering the Dragon

Conquering The Dragon from Ourea Events on Vimeo.

The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race 2017 film focuses on the highs and lows of five participants as they set out to conquer The Dragon. Each of them has a unique and emotional story to tell of their battle against the enormous physical and mental challenges of the race. We also see the wider race unfolding around them and the stunning Welsh landscapes they travel through. Will they all make it?

Find out more here

The Spectre Expedition:

2017 saw Leo take on his most hardcore adventure yet – the Spectre Expedition.

Leo and team face a 2000km unsupported, trans-Antarctic journey – 1600km powered by kite, 400km of old school man-hauling, 69-days alone in the deep field with exploration and ascents of the spectacular Gothic Mountains. The primary objective, the magnificent 750m tall South pillar of the Spectre. This is 21st Century Exploration.

The action is still unfolding – you can read up on the captains logs here. And you get real-time updates (including a map of the team) here.

Our Gear

Our gear was put to the test with Leo Houlding on a test mission in Norway ahead of his expedition in Spectre.

The Hyper 100 jacket picks up another award.

The first ever sub-100g 3layer fully-waterproof (and we should also point out highly breathable) jacket picked up an ISPO Gold award this year.

The Jury Statement…
“The world’s lightest 3-layer waterproof jacket. With clever pattern cutting and details, lightweight, comfortable and functional. It is a real innovation!”

Our Ambassadors

Sir Chris Bonington: 2017 saw the release of both a bio pic movie and also the release of his latest book – Ascent.

Leo Houlding: Climbing in the Bugaboos, helping us test and develop kit and now he is out on his latest expedition Spectre.

Leo approaching the summit of South Tower during a warm up ascent. credit Adrian Samara, Coldhouse Collective

Molly Thompson- Smith:


2017 saw Molly fully transition into the Senior scene and what a year it was. She became the 2nd British woman to make a world cup final at Arco. She then went on to make 2 more finals, finishing Wujiang with a personal & British best of a 5th place.

Her season came to close with a Bronze medal in the Kranj World Cup and saw her become the first British woman to win a medal in an IFSC Lead World Cup and placing 7th in the world.

Angelika Rainer: 2017 saw Angelika take a world first! The first female to climb D15 with an ascent of A Line Above The Sky at Tomorrows World in the Dolomites, Italy. The line is considered to be one of the hardest drytool routes in the world, with only Gordon McArthur’s Storm Giant D16 surpassing it in difficulty.

Mick Fowler: Mick spent the year training for his annual Himalayan expedition in October which was unfortunately cancelled due to unforeseen health problem, you can hear his personal story here. He is now on the mend and raring to go in 2018.

Steve Birkinshaw: Fell runner turned author with his debut book ‘There is no Map in Hell’. Rave reviews all round.

Rolfe Oostra – Entered into his 27th year of guiding and continued his ascent of some of the world’s most challenging peaks including; Cho Oyu, Mera Peak, Trango Towers and Annapurna.

Now onto 2018! Have a great new year!