International Women's Day: Inspiring the next generation of explorers

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, we invited four #TeamMontane members- Katy, Jessie, Kat and Grace - to join us in Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park. Alongside enjoying a great day out in the hills, we discussed their journeys to date, as well as asking about their advice for others eager to get outside.

See how this day out in the Welsh hills shaped up in our dedicated IWD23 video, or keep scrolling to learn more about the all-women team behind this inspiring day out…

Meet #TeamMontane

Introducing the women featured in our IWD23 video...

Katy Parrott | @katy.parrott

Our very own “Tinkerbell x the Terminator”, Katy proves that incredible strength and mental resilience can come in small packages. Having taken on the Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra (amongst other epic challenges) Katy knows how to channel her fear of these challenging environments to her advantage.

Jessie Leong | @jessielphoto

Photographer, filmmaker, writer, climber and mountaineer - Jessie is a multi-disciplined adventurer with a passion for exploring the mountains. Coming from a diasporic culture, she is no stranger to barriers and bias in the industry, though she has never let this hold her back from taking on new challenges in the outdoors.

Kat Roberts | @katttlr

Growing up in North Wales, Kat developed a love for the outdoors from a young age. Today, she has several qualifications that enable her to make her passion part of her career. As a Mountain Leader and Open Water Swimming Coach, she regularly helps others to explore the spectacular mountains and lakes of Eryri (Snowdonia).

Grace Shephard | @g.r.a.c.e_shep 

Bouldering is Grace’s passion - a sport that brings her an unrivaled sense of freedom. Climbing has also proved a powerful tool in helping her to feel more confident and physically fit. Having fallen sick for several years at a young age, Grace is now going from strength to strength, overcoming the battle with her illness.

Behind the Lens

Our IWD23 video was brought to you by an all-female crew...

Ellie Green | @elliegreen_sfmedia

We’ve worked with Ellie on a number of epic ultra events and projects over the years, including the legendary Montane Winter Spine Race and Jenny Tough’s SOLO film. As a filmmaker, she is passionate about storytelling in the outdoors. Ellie is also an ultra runner herself and enjoys hitting the Lake District trails for lengthy trail runs.

Samantha Saskia Dugon | @saskiadugon

Welsh-based Sam is obsessed with capturing the perfect moment and joined us in Eryri (Snowdonia) to capture all the footage you see in our IWD23 video. Sam is a passionate mountain biker and has shot several large-scale biking events in recent years, including the Red Bull Rampage. We look forward to seeing what she captures next!

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