Sunday, 30 March 2014

Return to Scotland

Beinn Challuim Scotland
Looking to Beinn Challuim from Beinn Bheag.

Have no fear. Terry is here. This wee blog has been a scene of rolling tumbleweeds of late and for good reason too. I've been away some considerable time completing 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' (just one last brief trip to go now) and working on another project north of the border in Scotland.

Alas, I'm back to urban living and busy beavering away deciding what stays and goes in my paean to the Scafells.

Before popping back to the Western Lake District, I hitched a ride on the train to the Scottish Highlands jumping off at Tyndrum with the aim of capturing on video the scenic delights of that iconic peak, Beinn Dorain. Why? Well, it's all a bit 'hush, hush' at the moment but it concerns a visual and aural feast for Scottish Natural Heritage. I've been extremely humbled to have been approached by them seeking visuals of the area for a future feature. I guess they'll reveal all in due course. In the meantime, I just have to crack on and do what I do.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Final Countdown 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'

Syrp Genie Lake District
Capturing some timelapse of the Scafells with my DSLR and a Syrp Genie.

Been home just 4 days and already I'm packed and about to set back out to the hills again. The clock is ticking ever faster as I'm due to complete filming 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' and I must admit nerves are creeping in.

I had originally planned to finish all my shoots for the documentary by the end of March and spend April editing and processing the feature ready for backers, the premiere and DVD. But the bloody weather we've had of late has truly put a spanner in the works and it's really pissing me off.

I've ticked most boxes, and am really happy with the footage I've captured but time is of the essence now and though my brain and stamina is relishing completion of the film, my body has physically reached the point of severe burnout.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Feature Post: Picking the right backpack for your winter trek

There are lots of rucksacks to choose from today, so it can be easy to become confused when deciding just which bag you need for your hike.
Fortunately, this guide should allow you to choose the best backpack for your particular jaunt around the great outdoors.
What’s more, many of the rucksacks detailed below can be ordered with Springfield Camping and delivered the next working day – perfect if you are planning a trek in the very near future.

Friday, 21 February 2014

VIDEO: Chris Townsend in a tent, amongst the Scafells

Chris Townsend wild camping Lake District
Chris' wild camp with an F10 MTN tent in Upper Eskdale, Lake District.

Having a somewhat topsy turvy trip at the moment in the Lake District to say the least. Ii wish these damn Atlantic storms would stop! It's making my work almost impossible to do. Even so, spending so much time up here (typing this post via WiFi on a laptop in Eskdale) does mean I can readily jump out and take advantage of any opportunity that comes on by.

One highlight of my trip so far has been hooking up and wild camping with Chris Townsend again. Enjoyable company as ever and ever the professional when it came to me shoving a video camera in his face.

Friday, 7 February 2014

VIDEO MATINEE: Sneak peek at some night timelapse and David Powell-Thompson at Wasdale Head

Star trails from Hollow Stones, Scafell Pike, Lake District
Star trails from Hollow Stones on the Scafells.

It's that time of the month where I reveal some very sneaky peeky peeks at what I've been working on filming for 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'. A great deal of blood, sweat and tears has gone into producing this film and the end is finally in sight.

Tomorrow I head out on my penultimate trip/shoot for the documentary. The next two weeks or so will involve me filming legendary backpacker Chris Townsend as he wanders about the Scafells (no doubt battling the storms!) and sharing a wee gem of a place to truly feel out in the wilds when camping. Britain's only soul to have climbed all 14 of the world's highest peaks Alan Hinkes OBE will be sharing stories of climbs and an avalanche encounter on the Scafells too. And I'll be hooking up with Wasdale Mountain Rescue again and much more.

So a busy trip is on the cards and no doubt I'll return home battered, bruised and exhausted again.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Podcast interview on 'Walks Around Britain'

Interview with 'Walks Around Britain'

A while back I took part in an interview with Andrew from 'Walks Around Britain' - essentially some questions and me rambling about working on 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'.

You can hear it below. Must admit I was in a bit of a daze the morning of the recording having not long been back from a trip and feeling a little tired. I kick in at about the 14mins mark.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Keswick Mountain Festival - 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' and guests

Life of a Mountain Scafell Pike Terry Abraham Keswick Mountain Festival
40 minute edit plus guests, 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'

I'm pleased to announce that a 40 minute edit of my film 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' will be screened at this year's Keswick Mountain Festival. Tickets are available to buy now. It will be shown at The Theatre By The Lake on Thursday 15th May at 5.30pm.

This abridged edit of the film (original running time is 120mins) will feature guests who will be in attendance with myself on stage afterwards for a Q&A with the audience.

You can find more details submitted below.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Wasdale MRT rescue - What have you seen from a wild camp recently?

Wasdale Mountain Rescue winter callout
Wasdale MRT callout on Scafell Pike.

"....Mike (Wasdale MRT Team Leader) and the others were telling me, snows were waist deep on the Pike, the winds were in excess of 50-60mph with stronger gusts. It was not a place to hang about. It was a 6 hour rescue operation for the team, many of them having left their families behind, dropped work and headed out into some awful weather. At night. In winter."

I wasn't due back from my recent Lakeland jaunt until tomorrow but thanks to severe storms I returned back home with my tail between my legs at the weekend. Some of my finger tips are still frost-nipped which is annoying. Alas, I'm not back in the land of the living for long. Wasdale and the Scafells are calling and I'll be plodding the western fells again later this week.

Even though it's been unseasonably warm down in the valleys (I noticed snow drops and even daffodils sprouting in places!) up on the high ground of the Scafells it's still winter. Make no doubt. The contrast as you ascend is astonishing. Once you hit about the 650m mark, the temperature rapidly drops which I found rather unusual for a hike never mind in winter.

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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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