Monday, 15 June 2015

Epic Lake District trip report - 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'

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Lone walker at 04:15 on Sharp Edge, Blencathra the other week.

Since February this year many of you will be aware I've been frantically working on my next Lakeland documentary 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'. Needless to say it's taken up quite a lot of my time. I have a very busy summer ahead and so I've been keen to knock all of the spring and some of the summer filming on the head freeing up time for me to focus on bread and butter work.

The good old British weather has more often than not conspired against me too which has had a knock-on effect with my commitments but all said and done I'm thrilled to reveal I've completed 30 minutes of the documentary now and I'm absolutely over the moon with how it's all coming together.

What's been really rather interesting for me of late is going through my footage and stills and noting how Blencathra's face has slowly but surely been evolving as winter turned to spring and then summer. It's fascinating. You may well pick up on it in this blogpost. Below you'll find a series of photos I've captured since February including one where I woke at camp to snow in late May!

Most of the photos you will see features scenes from the documentary's opening 30 minutes....

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Friends of the Lake District talk

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Heavenly light over Castlerigg as seen from Latrigg last December.

Quick plug for a talk I'll be doing for Friends of the Lake District this September....

Kirby Lecture - Living on the Fells – filming Lakeland landscapes
We are delighted to announce that filmmaker, Terry Abraham, will be speaking at our 2015 annual Kirby Lecture, which will take place on 18th September, 7.30pm at Cumbria University Ambleside campus.

Terry Abraham has had a rapid rise to fame in the world of outdoor filmmaking through directing and producing ‘Cairngorms in Winter’ and 'Life of a Mountain: A Year on Scafell Pike', which caught the imagination of the British public when it was aired on BBC 4 earlier this year.  Terry launched his outdoor film making career when he was made redundant from his IT job four years ago. ‘Life of a Mountain’ became a personal project of his, created on a shoe string budget and funded using crowd-funding websites. 

Terry gave himself tirelessly to the film, working almost entirely alone, wild camping for long periods of time and working all hours of the day. However, Terry has not tired of his love of capturing beautiful and wild landscapes in film. His next project, 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra', is in full swing.

Join us at this year’s Kirby Lecture to be inspired by the huge lengths Terry goes to capture the beauty and essence of England’s best loved mountains. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked online by visiting http://www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk/Event/the-kirby-lecture or by calling 01539 720788.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Wainwright Memorial Lecture by yours truly

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Yours truly doing the AW Memorial Lecture this October.

Now here's something I never expected in my lifetime - being asked to be the guest speaker for the annual Wainwright Memorial Lecture in the Lake District. Needless to say it was a tremendous honour to have been approached about it and of course I agreed.

I have 4 tickets to giveaway for the event for folks here, so do read on....

Monday, 8 June 2015

Initial thoughts: Hilleberg Enan tent

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At camp with the Hilleberg Enan on Blencathra last Thursday evening.

Not been on the blog for a while as I've been so busy away filming 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' folks. Indeed I have a very busy three months ahead juggling my usual bread and butter commissioned work along with working on the doc in the northern Lakes.

I'll be blogging more soon but in the meantime I thought I'd share some initial thoughts on a new tent from Hilleberg I've been using - the Enan.

A fair few folks have been in touch showing interest in this shelter after noting my pics and what have you on Twitter and Facebook. I think it's available on retail now. Purportedly weighing in at around the 1.1kilo mark (not had the chance to weigh it myself just yet) it's designed for fair weather use. This is not a 'light' version of their Akto. Materials are not as strong and durable for example.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Blencathra - a bird's eye view

I've almost completed filming the spring chapter for 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' now and I'm pleased to say it's all gone extremely well. I'm thrilled in fact. It's been a tough few weeks mind, nailing shots of the fell from near and far at dawn, dusk come wind, rain or shine.

I'll be showing an exclusive 15 minute segment from the documentary tomorrow at a talk I'm doing for the British Mountaineering Council in the Peak District HERE

Last week's trip involved 4am starts and 7pm finishes as I endeavored to capture various angles of Blencathra with a UAV or as commonly referred to "drone". The long days were strictly about me adhering to all the rules and regulations with regards to flying such devices which often meant being out and about when none of the busy Easter holiday daytrippers were slogging up the fells. You can read more about the rules and regs HERE from the Civil Aviation Authority. Sadly as YouTube has shown in recent months, too many folks are not sticking to the CAA's guidelines. Flying too close to the general public, or in some cases with regards to Lakeland not aware of the fact that the RAF regularly train amongst the Cumbrian fells. There's a website where the RAF reveal training days in the area for example so folks like paragliders and what have you understand any possible risks.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

BMC Peak District talk and peek at 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'

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See you there?

In a couple of weeks I'll be giving a talk at the British Mountaineering Council's Peak District meet in erm...the Peak District! The event is open and free to all who attend and some free grub will be laid on too. I'll be sharing my thoughts and stories concerning hillwalking and the British countryside along with various clips of my work including an exclusive 15 minute presentation from 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'.

The event is being held at The Maynard in Grindleford from 7.30pm. You can learn more about hillwalking themed talks the BMC are organising at the following linky HERE.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Patience is a virtue - scenic delights of Blencathra

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Star trails from Jenkin Hill.

I've been back home less than 24 hours and am already planning my next trip to the Lake District to continue filming 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'. The past 12 days or so has been incredibly testing for me on many fronts but the long waits and exhaustion has been worth it.

I'm inclined to say that much of what I've captured so far for my next film exceeds anything I did for 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' but there's still a long way to go yet!

Anyway here are a selection of photos which give a flavour of what I got up too....

Monday, 16 March 2015

Please support 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'

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A recent scene I captured on video for 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'.

You may or may not have noticed in the side bar on this blog, that I'm currently fundraising for my next film 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' on Indiegogo. I've raised some of the budget from sponsors and am now seeking the rest with kind support from members of the public. So do please take a look and see if it's of interest to you.

I'm thrilled to reveal that Dan Richards from Lake District Cycling has contributed towards the campaign with some fantastic offers for cycle hire within the national park. Last weekend Dan had helped out a famous guest who planned cycling up Helvellyn - the actor Damian Lewis. He's even got a copy of my recent film 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' too!

Other rewards available on the Indiegogo page include lucky backers featuring in the film! In the coming weeks ahead I hope to offer some more enticing gifts for supporters, so do check in on Indiegogo regularly folks.

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Damian Lewis collects one of Dan's bikes from Penrith rail station.

Scrolling through the Indiegogo page you'll learn a little more about my plans for Blencathra but needless to say I'm keeping back considerable information to ensure some nice surprises for viewers once the film has been completed.

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