Monday, 27 July 2015

The story behind my photos on the BBC

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BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood in front of one of my photos from Threlkeld Knotts.

It was some time in June when a lady from the BBC's weather department tried contacting me with an interest in using some photos of mine she had seen on Twitter. Scenes I captured from Threlkeld Knotts in the Lake District while filming 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'. After we came to an agreement (once I managed to get to some decent WiFi with my laptop in Keswick) I sent a selection of photos over to the BBC to use as they wish.

Since then the BBC have used them many times when reporting the weather on national TV!

Lots of folks have got in touch with me asking about the photos so I thought I'd share here where, when and how I went about capturing them.

In June I was based near Threlkeld for a couple of weeks and during that period the weather had been somewhat topsy turvy to say the least. Even so, it's always worth a wander out and about - "better a rainy day out than a sunny day in!" I've already learnt that despite forecasts indicating poor weather for all of the Lake District National Park quite often the cloud can lift and break when the fronts begin to hit the Keswick and Blencathra area. Not always I have to add but definitely more often than elsewhere in the Lakes.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Donald Angus of Threlkeld

Here's another peek at what I've been up to filming 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' this time featuring Threlkeld resident Donald Angus. I chanced upon meeting Donald thanks to socialising with the locals and I was thrilled he agreed to appear in my documentary. The clip here is an abridged version of what you'll see in the final feature but it still makes for some interesting viewing.

The stories Donald shared with me (on and off camera) were fascinating, be it place names that have changed or how the village has evolved over the decades. So if you're ever about Threlkeld in the future and bump into him to pop on over and greet him! You won't regret it.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Stuart Maconie from 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'

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Stuart admiring the views from Eycott Hill in the Lake District.

A couple of months or so back I hooked up with BBC presenter, author and journalist Stuart Maconie in the Lake District to film scenes for my next documentary 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'. You can view a peek from our shoot below. Fingers crossed, but I hope to be filming Stuart again soon with comedian Ed Byrne for company on Sharp Edge.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Sneak Peek - 'The Lake District. Upper Eskdale with David Powell-Thompson'

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New DVD out this October from www.stridingedge.com

Life continues to be rather hectic for me at the moment. I'm not sure which day, week or month it is half the time. Even so, I've just returned from a brief visit to the Western Lake District where I've been busy filming the next walk in a DVD I'm producing with David Powell-Thompson - 'The Lake District. Upper Eskdale with David Powell-Thompson'.

For the first time in a while the weather gods conspired against me but they did afford me some grace when out and about the delightful valley of Eskdale. Dark, ominous clouds raced about England's highest peaks, intense downpours followed by breaks in the cloud with bursts of sun was the order of the day. Typical Lakeland summer weather most will say!

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.

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