A blustery old day in Langdale dodging the showers We were running rope & location safety for a BBC Radio 3 feature - Between the Ears - scheduled for broadcast on the 30th September
Today was about moving fast and light in the mountains with a camera. 85 members of Warner Music UK had chosen to attempt the Buttermere 6 Peaks as a fundraiser for charity and they'd assembled a small media team to document their efforts. With the group quickly splitting into 6 different teams, with their guides from Activius, it took bit of local knowledge, a few short cuts and a lot of hard running to capture their experiences.
It's been over two years in the making but finally one of ITVs Countrywise's most ambitious shoots is hitting our screens. We worked with Shiver Productions / ITV to provide location consultancy and recces, risk assessments, camera location recce, mountain safety, equipment porterage, technical rigging, talent safety and on camera guiding to get presenter Ben Fogle and a film crew to the top of Pillar Rock in the remore Ennerdale. We climbed the historical Old West Route by which the inaccesable summit of High Man was first ascended.
Countrywise Wild - ITV 9pm 17th August 2016
I'm currently on my way to Antarctica for another season guiding on the ice. I'll be working on Mt Vinson & Last Degree South Pole expeditions for ALE. Plenty of photos from last season on Flickr. back in the Uk for the cracking Scottish winter we've all been promised!
The best laid plans! Plan A was a quick trip to the Italian Dolomites, climb a 4000m peak with a couple of speed flyers (Aaron Durogati & Armin Holtze) and film them flying from the summit. All part of an ariel sequence for the BBCs Natural History Unit and their new series Planet Earth II. Hoiwever plan A didn't account for some very unseasonable weather and we spent the week chasing the conditions with little success.
It's been a long time in production but will certainly be worth the wait. The BBC Natural History Unit's latest offering 'Life Story' is about to hit your screens. Obviously the highlight of the series will be the Barnacle Geese chicks in Greenland! (who also feature in the trailer). I was lucky enough to manage the safety side of things for the shoot back in 2012 with logistics being provided by Tangent Expeditions. 70m high loose basalt cliffs, helicopters, mosquitoes, musk ox and stunning scenery all made for a pretty special experience. Photos from the expedition on Flickr
For the past few months we've been working withe the ITV Countrywise team to develop one of their most ambitious shoots for the forthcoming series. Focusing on the Wild Ennerdale Project the plan was for presenter Ben Fogle to climb the iconic Pillar Rock which dominates the upper reaches of the valley. We eventually settled on the historical Old West Route (M) by which the top of High Man was first reached.
Images from Paddy Cave of Mountain Circles