Introducing the Montane Arctic Spine Teams
You can take on the Arctic Spine as a solo challenger or part of a 2, 3, or 4-person team. As with the solo entrants, the team race takes place along the Kungsleden from Abisko to Hemavan in Arctic Sweden, traversing four national parks and offering a breathtaking winter landscape.
Currently, Team Tavi 2 and Team Uhuru are set to tackle the 293-mile Arctic Spine Race, each bringing a unique background and determination. From ski touring and ultra running to military backgrounds, they’re a diverse and determined group. Discover more about our competitors as we ask what drives them and what inspires them as they prepare to conquer the Arctic wilderness. Between them, they have an abundance of resilience and spirit, and we can’t wait to see them toe the start line.
If you’re considering a team entry, you have until October 31st to join this remarkable adventure. To discover more, you can download a race information pack here or book a call with the Race Director Phil Hayday Brown.
Montane Arctic Spine Team: Tavi 2
Jane Hilton (GBR)
Why the Arctic: It combines two things Jane loves; endurance races and cross country skiing.
Experience: Ski touring in Norway with husband Russ alongside the Winter Spine and Northern Traverse.
Excited for: Exploring somewhere new and remote
Not so excited for: Overwhelming tiredness and the odd hallucination!
Russ Hilton (GBR)
Why the Arctic: It’s a natural progression from Russ’s ski touring in Norway and multi-day Ultra running
Experience: Independent ski touring and multi-day ultra running
Excited for: Skiing, scenery and the endurance challenge!
Not so excited for: Long dark nights reducing the picturesque scenery
Montane Arctic Spine Team: Uhuru
Edward Sellon (GBR)
Why the Arctic: For the ultimate (but accessible) arctic adventure. Extreme environments are better with friends. And friends are made better by extreme environments.
Experience: Two decades of experience in the British Army, currently serving as a full-time Medical Officer, participated in numerous winter exercises in Norway.
Excited for: Embracing the Arctic tundras relentless challenge.
Not so excited for: The howling gales, a fierce reminder of nature.
Angus Currie (GBR)
Why the Arctic: Passionate about exploration and adventure in beautiful settings. Angus cherishes challenges together with his friends and for personal growth.
Experience: 430-mile Yukon Arctic Ultra, decades of experience in skiing and ski touring, and completed the Spine Challenger
Excited for: Self-sufficiency, vast space, stunning scenery, team camaraderie – being immersed in the experience, leaving the pure essence of the moment.
Not so excited for: The hours training in the dark, cold and wet over Christmas!
Alexander Allen (GBR)
Why the Arctic: The Spine comes with great pedigree and this being the inaugural race adds extra excitement. It will be a great environment to test the team. Plus – it’s undeniably beautiful.
Experience: Yukon Arctic Ultra (430 miles), ex-British Army Infantry/Special Forces officer
Excited for: Race prep, honing cold weather skills, starry nights, and the exhilarating challenge.
Not so excited for: The day after, when it all ends.
As we delve into the profiles of Tavi 2 and Uhuru, it’s evident that the Montane Arctic Spine Teams represent the human spirit’s capacity for endurance and adventure. From military experience to ultra running and ski touring, their shared determination is awe-inspiring.
If you’re contemplating your own team entry, there’s still time to join this exceptional journey. The deadline for team entries is October 31st. Don’t miss the chance to be part of the inaugural Arctic Spine Race. Discover more about the Arctic Spine on our race pages or book a call with the Race Director.