2013 - Assignments & NEWs
Richard Parks, Yak Attack Mountain Bike Race - Zig Zag for Channel 5
Dubbed as one of the top ten endurance events in the world we endevoured to keep up with a world class field of mountain bikers as they rode round the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal including the Thorung La pass at 5400m. The project was shot using a mix of C300, Canon 305, high speed with the NEX700 and GoPro. Riding pillion on motorbikes on some pretty challenging off-road terrain was a first for me !
Messner's Himalaya - Explorermedia
As the first man to summit Everest without oxygen, the first to climb it solo and the first to ascend all of the world's 8000m high peaks, Reinhold Messner is one of the world's foremost mountaineers. We follow him on an epic journey across the Himalaya from K2 in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. This seminal project explores the culture, exploration and mountaineering history across aguably the world's greatest mountain range.
Shot on the Sony F55 and with possibly the highest helicopter aerials ever filmed with a cineflex we flew to over 8200 metres - over Everest's South Col. It was a sight that bought home all the memories of a year ago when I ascended this great peak. Above is Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse with the summit of Pumori in the foreground. The first segment of filming also saw us in the remote areas of Mustang and Dolpo where time seems to have almost stood still and in contrast to the overwhelming white of the Khumbu these arid areas up near the Tibetan border offered a more subdued landscape.
My right-hand man in the camera team Tobias Eedy lines up the shot on the F55
Adventureshow - Triple Echo for BBC Scotland
When a degenerative eye condition threatens total blindness Red Zell refused to go down without a fight. As a climber who is registered blind he had dreamt of climbing the iconic sea stack - The Old Man of Hoy. In the summer his dreams were realised when under the watchful eyes of guides Martin Moran and Nick Carter he worked his way to the top of this tottering sandstone tower. A fabulous and inspirational achievement.
Red Zell before his ascent
Other stories for the series included 'Wild Walks' in Ardgour and the Pentlands plus a profile of Olympic Snowboard hopeful Ben Kilner.
'Wild Walks' from the summit of Garbh Bhein
Jamie Andrew, Matterhorn - Channel 5 Productions
Jamie Andrew was trapped by a storm on a tiny ledge high in the French Alps for 5 days. His climbing partner perished and Jamie lost both hands and feet to frostbite. Fifteen years on from his accident he returns as a quadruple amputee to the big mountains for an attempt of the Matterhorn. This story is complex - Jamie, now a father of three, also lost his Guide last year in an avalanche and the attempt in 2012 was cancelled. With the climb resurrected and with Steve Jones now guiding Jamie up the Hornli Ridge we capture the challenge of climbing one of Europe's best known mountains.
Solid rock is a rarity especially if you stray off the ridge crest and speed is of the essence for a successful ascent. Often the mountain 'storms' in the afternoon. We climbed for fifteen hours - and then walked off for a further two.
Shot using the C300.
Jamie Andre climbs using prosthetic legs but nothing else for his arms
Colin Prior - Triple Echo for BBC Scotland
Colin Prior is one of the finest landscape photographers in the world. From panoramic format on film to using the finest digital imaging techniques, Colin's approach and style is meticulous and 'connected' with him often camping high in the mountains to get that perfect shot. We joined him in Assynt in the NW of Scotland.
Banff Adventure Filmmakers Workshop - Canada
Keith returns in October to facilitate this filmmaking workshop alongside Michael Brown - run in conjunction with the Banff Mountain Film festival - the most prestigious festival of its kind in the world. Places are limited to 30. It's sold out again.