Thursday, 16 October 2014

A Rant: End of an era. The Dog and Gun in Keswick

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The charming and legendary Dog and Gun, Keswick.

Well, it's that time again - another rant concerning a subject that is close to my heart. It is with great sadness to see the end of an era for a cherished and legendary walkers pub in Keswick - The Dog and Gun. A place that only very recently been nominated in the TGO Awards for 'pub of the year' which is rather ironic as you're about to see.

I've got many happy memories of times spent in this traditional Lakeland establishment over the years. Often consisting of necking several locally brewed ales, followed by stuffing my face with their famous Hungarian goulash - all post hikes from the nearby fells. In the winter months you would often see me propping up the bar while video kit was on charge in a socket nearby. I've held meetings there, insisted on social gatherings there, for what I feel without a doubt was the best pub in Keswick.

It's quirky character, traditional feel with beer mat laden walls, old oak beams and a fab mix of locals and tourists made The Dog and Gun for many the place to go when visiting the Lake District. The pub has a long history of promoting and supporting the local mountain rescue team too. I could go on....

Friday, 10 October 2014

TRAILER: 'Backpacking in the Lake District with Chris Townsend'

It's here! Finished at long last. Above you can enjoy the trailer for 'Backpacking in the Lake District with Chris Townsend'. I've been busy working 20-22 hour shifts editing the DVD ready for it's print run. I'm absolutely shattered. I appear to have aged 10 years in just a few days!

From the author of the bestselling 'Backpacker's Handbook', renowned long-distance hiker Chris Townsend, comes 'Backpacking in the Lake District' an introductory guide to wild camping and multi-day hiking. Featuring dramatic landscape vistas, spectacular camp sites, advice on skills and gear this video will provide inspiration and encouragement and will be enjoyed by both beginners and veterans alike.

Produced and Directed by Terry Abraham
Presented by Chris Townsend
Music by Freddiehangoler, Soundgem Studios

In association with:
Terra Nova and Extremities



Filmed on location in the Lake District National Park, England.

Both 'Backpacking in the Lake District with Chris Townsend' and 'The Lake District. Helvellyn with Mark Richards' will be available to pre-order from mid-October via www.stridingedge.com

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Almost there! 'Backpacking in the Lake District with Chris Townsend'

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On sale on DVD and digital early November.

Not long to go now. The end is in sight but I'm still ploughing on. I've completed editing 'Helvellyn with Mark Richards' and am now in the final stages for a new DVD featuring renowned wild camper, Chris Townsend called 'Backpacking in the Lake District'.

I'm pleased to say that despite juggling two productions at once - which is a first for me, they're both turning out rather well. They both mark a break away in style for me in truth. And Chris in particular really shines in this recent collaboration. I'm looking forward to sharing them with you in the future.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

TRAILER - 'The Lake District. Helvellyn with Mark Richards'

I'm square-eyed and exhausted both physically and mentally. Hopefully the hardship will be worth the end result. The past few weeks I've been frantically filming two new Lakeland DVDs and am now back home working round the clock editing them.

So things will continue to be a bit quiet on here for a while longer yet. You can read about a recent trip I did in the Lakes with Chris Townsend HERE for our latest video about backpacking. Things went a bit wrong for our shoot thanks to the weather. But Rohan in Keswick came to the rescue and saved our day! Big thanks to Christinne, Elizabeth, Sarah and the team for helping us out!

In the meantime, you can view the trailer for 'The Lake District. Helvellyn with Mark Richards'. I've now finished editing this wee programme and am readying it for DVD production.

If you were one of the kind folk who backed the project via Indiegogo, I'm pleased to say that later today you'll be receiving your digital HD copy to download.

Anyway must dash, one more video to edit.....

Friday, 19 September 2014

Teaser Clip from 'Helvellyn with Mark Richards'

I'm absolutely snowed under with work at the moment as deadlines fast approach. Much of my time has been spent filming in the Lake District for two new DVDs. 'Backpacking in the Lake District with Chris Townsend' of which you can read his wee trip report HERE, and 'Helvellyn with Mark Richards'. It's been extremely tiring and I'm beginning to feel somewhat burnt out.

Either way, I'm really pleased with how the two programmes are shaping up. Must dash, it will be a while before I'm blogging as usual. Too much to do, too little time....

Monday, 18 August 2014

A Rant: Three Peaks Challengers and the Scafells (UPDATED 21/08/14).

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Carey Davies, Hill Walking Officer for the British Mountaineering Council.

We all like a wee rant now and again, no? Get things off our chest? Well, here's one from me. And it concerns the Three Peaks Challengers that descend on Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in the name of charity. Folks who sign up with event organisers, pay a fee and attempt to climb each of the afore mentioned peaks within 24 hours to raise money for a given charity (ironically, not one that helps to protect and conserve the very areas they visit).

(Please note, this post was updated on 21/08/2014. The National Trust have responded which can be seen at the end of this post)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Here, there, everywhere!

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Filming is now in full swing.

Last week proved rather challenging while out on the tops in the Lake District thanks to the remnants of hurricane Bertha swooping across the British Isles. Even so, filming for 'Helvellyn with Mark Richards' is now in full swing and I'm busy at home now going through the footage captured prepping for the final edit. There's still plenty more shoots to go mind but I'm really pleased with how it's all coming together.

As usual it was a sheer delight to be spending time with Mark out amongst the fells, his knowledge of the area is astonishing. And I can't wait for folks to see that in the DVD. I was also lucky enough to spend some time with TGO Challenger organiser, writer and editor for Lakeland Walker magazine John Manning. You can enjoy a bloopers reel video featuring both gents below. I must add, while filming on the summit of Helvellyn we were taken aback by how cold it was. Using my Kestrel weather device, I clocked an air temperature reading of about 6c and wind chill hovering just above and below 0c. It would seem our wonderfully warm summer has come to an abrupt end.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Handmade Scafell leather wallet

Inspired by 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'

First there was the ale brewed by The Strands Inn from Nether Wasdale, and now here's a handmade leather wallet inspired by 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'!

Quite touched by it all to be honest. I'm looking forward to giving the wallet a go too. You can check out the wallet on the company's website HERE. Thanks to Crooked as Another.

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Outdoors filmmaker who wild camps to capture the landscapes at their very best. Also a blogger, photographer and gear tester.

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