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.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

OFFICIAL TRAILER 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' on The Guardian

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Official Trailer and mention on The Guardian.

It's that time of year when many outdoors and adventure filmmakers begin submitting their efforts to various festivals like Banff and Kendal. I've been approached by some enquiring if I'd be entering 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' which was very humbling. It's always great attending these events hooking up with fellow peers and so on. And the response and interest in the film continues to astonish me. Something I never anticipated at all.

Anyway, this made me realise that despite my Scafells documentary having been out for a wee while I never did get round to doing an 'official' trailer. So here it is. As usual with my videos, they're free to share and embed too. I hope you like the peek. And as you can see it's been mentioned on The Guardian too!

And finally, I'm pleased to announce that from this October I'll begin working on 'Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn' with a planned release date of November 2015. More of that in the future....

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Trip report: The amazing Dolomites of Northern Italy

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The stunning Lago di Braies, Dolomites, Italy.

For the past three years or so I've been fortunate enough to have been commissioned by Vango and Force Ten to produce various photos and videos for their marketing and catalogues. The work has taken me to the French Alps and a number of locations around Britain. 

The imagery was mainly focused on backpacking equipment for Force Ten but this year they asked me to include family camping aspects too - something which was rather daunting for me as it was all new ground in many respects (including working with professional models). So I had mixed feelings of trepidation and excitement when they informed me that we'd be off to the Dolomites in Italy for 8 nights to capture scenes of new and amended kit for 2015.

Thankfully, my nerves soon disappeared as the work began in earnest and I wandered about in awe at the other-worldly majesty of the towering limestone peaks of South Tyrol. The Dolomites has always been a place I've wished to visit, and despite the 14-16 hour days, sweltering heat and altitude - I loved every minute of exploring this fantastic range of mountains that hug the main Alps proper.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

A sunny week in the Lake District

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Chris Townsend admires a fine sunset from Bleaberry Fell, Lake District.

A few weeks ago I began working on two DVD projects for release later this summer. 'Backpacking in the Lake District with Chris Townsend' and 'Helvellyn with Mark Richards'. We couldn't have hoped for better weather in truth. Mind you it was a tad too warm for my liking, what with lugging about a 30kilo pack up and down the fells.

Either way, it was a fab trip with great company and a very productive shoot too. Fellow blogger Mark joined us for a few nights and it was great to catch up with him. You can read more about the trip on Chris' and Mark's blogs HERE and HERE.

DVD on Amazon 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'

I'm pleased to inform folks that my latest film 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' is now available to buy on Amazon HERE

The DVD is 'region free' too, meaning it doesn't matter where in the world you are, the feature will play on whichever DVD enabled device you choose to use.

"From the opening summit daybreak sequence it's clear that you're in for a visual spectacle...The Scafell massif is one of the most impressive chunks of upland scenery in Britain, and I've never seen it looking so majestic on film." Dan Bailey on UKHillwalking.com.

"A true labour of love...breath taking...any lover of the mountains won’t fail to be seduced.” Adventure sports writer and endurance athlete Nik Cook, Outdoors Magic.

“That Abraham should produce such a seminal piece of work in only his second full length film is little short of astonishing...Where Wainwright has had his books tweaked over the years to reflect change they still remain the hill walkers' bible despite imitation and in the same way Life of a Mountain will become the Wainwright of the 21st Century.” Dave Mycroft, MyOutdoors.

"We need filmmakers like Terry Abraham. Life of a Mountain - Scafell Pike will surely serve to enhance his reputation...Abraham captures the grandeur of the mountain and its surroundings in exquisitely composed sequences. Some of the most satisfying shots juxtapose the grandeur of the mountain with the slight figures of some of the people for whom Scafell Pike is either workplace or playground, and who, more than the mountain itself, are the real subject of the film." Tony O'Donnell, The Outdoor Times 

"An absolute treat for the senses", Jane Watson, National Trust.

"Mountain film a smash hit. Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike has been a hit with audiences at Rheged, with sell-out screenings." Cumbria Live.

"Like Cairngorms, this film is clearly a labour of love and I am in awe of some of these slow, immersive scenes. I think the timelapse sections shot at night affected me the most, but there's beauty in every section." Mountain fiction writer, Alex Roddie.

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