Sunday, 8 December 2013
15:50 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|A mean and moody Eskdale Needle.|
Despite the following list of photos taken on a new Nexus 5 phone and a Canon EOS M showing how apparently benign the weather was during the latter half of my recent Lakeland trip - I have to admit I encountered one of the worst nights out in a storm in many a year.
It was rather bizarre in truth. Forecasts had generally indicated that on a given day I was out wandering the fells, conditions would be rather grim. ie, low cloud, persistent drizzle and a cold breeze. However, while descending Three Tarns to the Great Moss and Upper Eskdale, I was enjoying the total opposite!
Friday, 6 December 2013
13:12 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|A wild camp on Bowfell summit, December 2012.|
Well, I return to the Scafells very soon and won't be back home until Christmas Eve. I'm not sure if I'll be blogging anymore this month as I'm so busy now working on my latest documentary. The clock is ticking ever faster as filming nears it's end.
Either way, I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you all for taking the time to pop in here and read my drivel, and also for your support in whichever shape or form it's come from with regards to my work. It all means a great deal to me. Truly. More than any one will ever realise.
Thanks again and best wishes to you all and I do hope you all get the chance to enjoy some wonderful adventures outdoors this winter before 2014 kicks in.
Friday, 29 November 2013
12:44 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|The Scafells as seen from a camp on Hard Knott fell the other week.|
I'm back home now after an eventful and productive trip in the Lake District working on 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'. I'll share more about the trip in the next few days. Highlights included filming with Wasdale MRT, the 'World's Biggest Liar Competition' and battling a horrendous storm out on the fells one night - how the tent survived I'll never know. I'm also pleased to announce that mountaineering legend Alan Hinkes OBE will be featuring in the film too.
Other than that, in the meantime you can view the latest of the teaser shorts for the film below and to help bring it into context and share with you the progress the film is making I've embedded some other shorts I've produced previously - think of it as a Movie Matinee.
I'm really pleased (with the footage I can view of course and not reveal here or in the teaser shorts) with how the film is progressing. It's going too well in my book! Which is a bit unnerving. I'm waiting for something to go wrong. It's the nature of the game.
Either way, I hope you like what you see and how it's all shaping up to be the special film I've envisaged it to be....
Thursday, 14 November 2013
15:15 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|One of the finest views in all of England? Scafells, Esk Pike, Bowfell from Yew Bank.|
The past week here in Cumbria has been full of ups and downs. And proven to be rather challenging to say the least. Even so, it's been thoroughly enjoyable. The weather has endeavoured to test not only my patience but kit as well.
I'm pleased to say the F10 Argon 200 continues to surpass my expectations and is shaping up to be one of the best semi-geodesic shelters I've ever used. It's withstood some horrendous winds, rain and hail and dealt with them all admirably.
Monday, 4 November 2013
09:34 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Great Langdale, winter dawn. As scene from the summit of Bowfell last December.|
After a couple of weeks of inclement weather, I've decided now is the time to up sticks and leave my home comforts behind and head back to the Western Lake District in a tent. I must admit I was beginning to feel a little stir crazy of late, chomping at the bit to be back out on the fells.
I shall be away for quite some time on this trip with lots to do. For this week's shoot, I'll be exploring the wonderfully wild side of the Scafells - Great Moss, Hard Knott, Upper Eskdale and so on. The focus being on just the landscape itself. I'm looking forward to viewing the contrast of the fells from my summer shoots as winter fast approaches.
I won't be alone either. A couple of folks from the BBC will be joining me for at least one night out on the fells. BBC Inside Out will be filming me in action as part of a 10min programme they're producing about yours truly and the 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' documentary I'm working on. This will be the first of several shoots they have planned, another being when I make my way to attend the Kendal Mountain Festival in a couple of weeks. No doubt this will all feel rather odd for me, as it's usually me stood behind a camera pointing it at others!
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
12:53 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Under Armour men's baselayer longsleeve tops.|
The arrival of winter doesn’t necessarily demand that you forfeit your favourite physical pastime. That said, hill walking and rambling can be dangerous from time to time. Add sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall, without adequate preparation, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster!
That’s why this concise guide to prepare you for winter hill walking could prove handy. Winter walking is a fantastic experience and is something to be enjoyed, provided that you’ve taken the steps to keep you and the rest of your party safe. Here’s how you can do it…
Sunday, 27 October 2013
15:43 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|The rough set up to try out the new Fuel4 gel - an alternative to meths?|
Well, I'm no scientist and don't intend on being one. But today I had a play with some of the new Fuel4 gel that I talked about in a previous post HERE.
What I tried to do was produce a similar set up to one I'd use while out on the hills at camp. Which means, no measuring of the fuel, just an estimate (which comes with experience with meths, for example) and see which stove worked best and with which shield. And of course, approximate boil times with how much fuel is required potentially for a few nights outdoors. So a rough shod experiment, if you like.
I'm aware Chris Townsend has now got hold of some of this interesting alternative fuel while backpacking and will be conducting his own tests later today. I look forward to hearing his thoughts. So, do keep an eye out on his blog too. And it's worth mentioning fellow blogger Gordon has been playing about with Fuel4 also HERE
So, am I still excited about Fuel4? Is it a realistic alternative to meths? Or even gas?
Friday, 25 October 2013
12:17 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend being shown at the Kendal Mountain Festival.|
Just a quick post this folks. After getting over the initial shock of 'The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend' being shown at the Kendal Mountain Festival, I have been informed today of it's screening details. I'm amazed to have learnt that they'll be screening a 40min edit I've produced of the film every day of the festival and all on the main site too.
I shall be in attendance for each performance to say a few words as well and indeed Mr Townsend himself. I'll need Chris' comforting company plus of course he along with the mountains are the star of the film!
Brewery Screen 2: Thursday 8pm
Brewery Screen 2: Friday 4.30pm
Brewery Studio: Friday 8.00pm
Brewery Malt Room: Saturday 1pm
Brewery Studio: Sunday 4.30pm
Maybe we'll see you there?
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