Saturday, 12 July 2014

A sunny week in the Lake District

Chris Townsend Lake District wild camping
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.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Blas Festival - Back to Scotland


I was hoping to have the time to share my recent superb trip in the Lake District. Alas, work commitments have put that idea to bed. I'm busy packing now ready to head to Scotland tomorrow for my penultimate shoot for Scottish Natural Heritage and Blas Festival. Some months ago, they commissioned me to capture a series of scenes featuring the iconic Beinn Dorain by the West Highland Way.

Above you can enjoy a teaser trailer for the final 30 minute production which also reveals dates for the screenings too. It's been tricky trying to capture the area at it's best with the limited time I've had up there, but thankfully the weather gods have looked kindly on me for most of my shoots.

Here's hoping they will continue to the same in the coming days ahead.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

On IMAX - 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' being screened every day this summer at Rheged

Life of a Mountain Scafell Pike Rheged Centre
On the HUGE screen - 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'

I'm pleased to announce that the Rheged Centre in Cumbria will be screening 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' on their IMAX screen every day until the end of October.

I may be biased saying this, but please believe me when I say the film looks absolutely fantastic on the huge screen! The cosmic night time lapse sequences, mountain dawns in winter and summer look truly breathtaking at Rheged - worth the visit alone in my humble opinion.

You can find out more information via the following link HERE

Below you can view some photos courtesy of Dave Mycroft from My Outdoors, taken at the film's premiere last May.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Back from the Lakes

backpacking in the lake district with chris townsend
Coming soon this autumn.

I'm back home after a very productive shoot in the Lake District for two DVDs I'm producing. I'll blog more in the next day or so. However, you can read a little about the trip thanks to Chris Townsend and blogger Mark via the following links HERE and HERE.

We got to enjoy some of the finest weather I've experienced in the Lakes for quite some time!

And if you're wondering what I was up to? Well the picture above should give you an idea. It features several video stills from the video I captured. Hopefully it will whet the appetite!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Gear Reviews - Rab SilTarp, Hi-Tec Altitude Pro, Thermarest X Therm, F10 Argon 200, Asolo Retsons, Rab Pulse and Berghaus Bio Flex

Rab SilTarp 1 wild camping Lake District
Rab SilTarp 1 in action overlooking Buttermere, Lake District last summer.

It's been a wee while since I've had a chat about gear on here. I much prefer to share my thoughts on the likes of Twitter along with some photos as folks get to see it in action - if they're interested of course. Either way, in this post I'm going to bullet point some musings on a small selection of kit I've been hammering on and off in recent months.

I'm not going to go in-depth about it all. There's plenty of info online if folks are so inclined to dig out more specs and so on. Treat this post as 'pub chat', where we're having a pint of local ale after a nice hike in the hills and we share some opinions on outdoor gear. You could say I'm being lazy and conjuring up my own version of a Trail Magazine gear review - alas the difference being I really have been battering the kit in action outdoors and not lugging a selection of kit up Wansfell Pike for a photoshoot or where ever their favourite place is of late to tick some boxes off ready to print. Aye, I'm being sarcastic.

Needless to say, much of my time has been spent on or around the Scafells for the past year - all terrains, conditions and seasons - but I've been about elsewhere too including Scotland as some of you may well know.

It seems to be all the rage at the moment, so I'll join in for fun....and mention a wee disclaimer. Most kit I review is given to me by the manufacturers (I'll mention if I dug deep and coughed up some cash for something). And not all of it I talk about on here (though I do on Facebook etc sometimes so go look if gear's your thing). So I only post what interests me. Gear is a tools to a means. And all manufacturers know if I don't like something, I'll say so. And if I love something, well errrr I'll say so!

Great! Let's crack on shall we?

Monday, 9 June 2014

Timelapse video - Spending lots and lots of time outdoors

timelapse Lake District Scafell Pike
A scene from some timelapse I captured of the Scafells earlier this year.

If there's one thing I adore more than anything else it's sitting around for hours on end taking in the ever-changing scenic delights of the countryside (except during a storm of course). If you asked me to take a seat and do nothing for several hours in a town or city I'd be bored out of my brains - and I'd tell you to go where the sun don't shine! However, if you proposed I should do the same but out on the moors or tops? Well I'd happily sit there, grin on my face with not a care in the world.

Too many people I meet are focused on bagging hills and summits or ticking off a given mileage when out in our national parks. And there's nothing wrong with that of course. Each to their own but for me they miss the whole point of being out in such beautiful places. They just don't become intimate with an area and appreciate all that it has to offer deep under it's skin. Passing ships in the night is a saying that springs to mind.

Friday, 30 May 2014

VIDEO: Alan Hinkes OBE tackles Broad Stand on Scafell

One of the compliments I've received of late for my film 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' was how at ease and natural the people came across on camera - and I guess that's a result of having become very good friends with all involved. It's just friends chatting on video.

I'll be the first to admit that many of those who feature in the documentary are heroes of mine. People I've always looked up to and admired from afar. So it's been somewhat surreal when I'm sat in a pub enjoying a pint with them and talking 'rubbish'. There's been times I've had to pinch myself!

One gentleman I've become good friends with and enjoyed some top times together of late is the mountaineer, Alan Hinkes. Alan is very down to earth and what I'd call a 'proper, proud Yorkshireman'. A spade is a spade. As polite as Hinkes is, jovial and fun - there's no airs and graces with him despite his amazing achievements. And I admire him a great deal for that. He is human after all.

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