Multi-award winning six part series featuring amongst others, Stevie Haston on arguably the hardest mixed winter route in the world plus Mick Fowler and Mark Garthwaite on a new 1800ft route in arctic Norway.
This series, winner of over 10 international film awards, began with a portrait of Stevie Haston climbing arguably the hardest route of its nature in the world. Outspoken Stevie certainly didn't fail us with his spectacular display of mixed and pure-ice climbing. The pictures below show a frame-grab from the final film and the camera team enjoying their bird's-eye view.
Paul Pritchard revisited the site of a traumatic accident that left him partially paralysed. In Tasmania the Totem Pole, a 200ft high, 14 ft wide sea-stack proved a challenging location. The weather was supposed to have been good but we suffered either a dense sea-fret or from 40mph winds being funnelled through the narrow zawn in which the Totem Pole stands. Hanging like spiders on gossamer threads our ropes became horribly twisted as we spun in the gusts. Keeping the camera steady was no easy task. I'm sure Steve Monks and Enga Lockey's ascent on the sea-sprayed rock was no easy task either.
This six part series also featured ; Climbing Yosemite's test-pieces with Tim Emmet and Alison Osius and a ski-mountaineering expedition in the St. Elias Range in Canada's Yukon, also climbing the Czech 'Tidal Wave' with Leo Holding and Andy Cave. The final shoot took us to Arctic Norway with Mick Fowler and Mark Garthwaite to climb an 1800ft new route in Lofoten.
Climbing with the Bedouin in Jordan, new-routing in Vietnam plus ice-climbing and desert rock in the USA & the Cedarberg in South Africa, sea-cliff climbing in the Outer Hebrides and Big Wall Climbing in Canada's Cirque Of The Unclimbables.
Shot using Sony's DVCAM equipment this series featured climbing with the Bedouin in Jordan, exploring new-routes in Vietnam plus ice-climbing and desert rock in the USA & the Cedarberg in South Africa, sea-cliff climbing in the Outer Hebrides and Big Wall Climbing in Canada's Cirque Of The Unclimbables in the North West Territories.
Sometimes things don't always go to plan. After finishing shooting Aid Burgess and Airlie Anderson climbing Moses Tower we packed up our camp and discovered that one of our 4 wheel drive vehicles had a flat battery. Fifty miles along a dirt road in the bottom of a 600 foot deep canyon with no jump leads - our only option was to improvise ! A few worried looks, two sets of wires and a sleeping-mat - now get out of that............
Two BBC2 series each featuring six journeys in wild areas of Great Britain plus a dog sledge trip across Baffin Island - Arctic Canada in winter, adventure-treks in remote areas of the Atlas Mountains - Morocco, the Pyrennes, W. Eire, Scotland and USA.
Shooting adventure-treks in remote areas of the Atlas Mountains - Morocco, the Pyrennes, W. Eire, Scotland and USA plus a dog sledge trip across Baffin Island - Arctic Canada in winter with temperatures down below minus 40 degrees. For the programme with Ray and Jenny Jardine trekking through the mountains of Oregon I developed a system to cover the audio with 3 radio mics while shooting single man.(12x30 min.)
Don't Try this at Home
LWT's Challenges of a Lifetime on the 600ft Emosson Dam and the Old Man Of Stoer sea-stack off the NW coast of Scotland.
The 600 foot high Emosson Dam wall is shaped like the inside of a goldfish bowl. It overhangs so much in its top half that if you were to abseil down 50m you would be something like 10m from the concrete.
The Old Man Of Stoer also proved an interesting day out. We opted to climb the route in a very traditional way to shoot rather than use rope-access techniques. Our challenger made her way up the tottering sandstone sea-stack before heading over the zip-line back to the mainland.
Scottish BAFTA award winner. Six part series celebrating 100 years of Scottish mountaineering.
This six part series for BBC2 featured classic and modern rock and ice climbs celebrating 100 years of Scottish Mountaineering. The reconstruction of Bill Murray's winter ascent of Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis won a Scottish BAFTA award.
Bewlo - the full extent of the helipad on The Great Tower with pilot Dave Clem holding her steady.
Mountain Rescue - Inside Story
We join the Scottish rescue teams in action during a traumatic week in the February of 1995 as they battled against horrendous conditions to save lives in the mountains...
We joined the Scottish rescue teams in action during a traumatic week in the February of 1995 as they battled against horrendous conditions to save lives in the mountains.
Shot using a mix of 16mm and industrial Hi-8 cameras it featured rescues in the avalanche struck Cairngorm mountains and in 119mph winds on a blizzard struck Lochnagar at night.
Part of the 'Inside Story' series for BBC1.