Welsh-born Kat (short for Kathryn) is an all-round adventurer with a passion for mountain running, mountaineering and open water swimming…or any activity that involves moving fast in the mountains. A natural born leader, Kat also works as an outdoor instructor, inspiring others to get excited by the great outdoors too!

Brought up in North Wales, Kat is proud of her Welsh roots and lives on the doorstep of the Clwydian Hills, not far from Snowdonia. It’s no surprise to us she developed such a deep love for her local area! As a youngster she would be out running on trails or walking mountains with her Dad, or exploring the forest with her brother, learning all about the woodland and bushcraft. In secondary school she undertook the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and later became a DofE young leader. Kat also competed in Welsh athletics and as a coach, the beginning of her instructor career.

Having watched runners passing whilst out one day on the Glyderau, Kat became inspired to give it a go for herself. Starting off with a run over the Clwydian range and honing her mountain running skills from there, including combining with other sporting adventures in the outdoors, including climbing. Today Kat can be found on the outskirts of Snowdonia with her partner (and fellow friend of Montane) Matt and their dog Thor. Keep your eyes peeled for this adventurous trio if you’re ever in the area…

Key achievements

Key achievements

- Ran the GR131 In El Hierro

- Completed Mountain Leader Assessment
- Became a Level 2 Open Water Swim Coach
- Started own outdoor business Altitude Snowdonia

– Completed 24 hour Ultra raising money for ReThink Mental Illness
- Became a Paddleboarding Instructor

“For me it’s not just about what the brand sells its about what they represent. Montane have always been incredibly passionate about grass roots participation and helping people get inspired, motivated and kitted out for the outdoors. The evolution of the products also ensures we get the very best materials and designs while they strive towards making more sustainable products in their range.”

“My work as an outdoor instructor puts me in some pretty horrendous conditions and the clothing and equipment I use needs to be not only functional and durable but able to keep up with the demands of a harsh mountain environment. My Montane kit never lets me down allowing me to focus all of my time on my clients or my personal goal for that day whilst my Montane clothing takes care of me!”

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