Expedition With Steve Backshall – Greenland and Oman

This ground-breaking 10 part series of world firsts saw us sea kayak the world’s biggest fjord, Scoresbysund in Eastern Greenland when we shouldn’t have been able to do so. Climate change and warming temperatures have seen the break-up of the sea-ice happen earlier and earlier with detrimental effects on the wildlife. We then took to skis and headed into the mountains to establish a base-camp before making the first ascent of a peak on the summer solstice.

In a complete contrast we then went in search of the Arabian Leopard on the narrow ledges that crossed an overhanging cliff in Oman. In the process we completed the first ever ascent of this wall of crumbling limestone often filming from mid-air in the process.

There were another 7x 1 hour episodes in the series.

3x 1 Hour Produced by True To Nature for Dave, BBC2 and Freemantle

Lost land Of the Volcano BBC

This ‘Lost Land’ expedition took us into the wilds of Papua New Guinea and the relatively unexplored Mageni River Cave.  With the cave entrance effective 2/3 of the way up the side wall of a canyon and with our base camp on top of the rain forest plateau – the commute to work meant a heart stopping abseil through vertical jungle and drooling limestone to swing in to the cavern itself. Then as we looked down, out of the mouth of the cave spewed a 100m high waterfall that cascaded to the main river in the bottom of the canyon below.  Once inside, highly technical rope work and some extremely tense movement down unexplored sections of the system had us fuelled on adrenaline.

Mountains

This BBC NHU series sets out to examine the wildlife and some human stories of three great mountain ranges in the world – The Rockies, The Himalaya and the Andes. Climbing on camera once again were Ivan Calderon and Federico Pissani. Our objective – the Sphinx  one of the biggest granite-walls in the Peruvian Andes rising a sheer 850 metres and topping out at a lofty 5400m it was never going to be easy or technically straightforward to rig and film.

One Strange Rock – Angel Falls

It’s back to the Angel Falls in Venezuela to shoot a climbing sequence with Ivan Calderon and Federico Pissani for a National Geographic / Nutopia production.

 

 

Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge BBC2

Steve and the team head to Canaima National Park in Venezuela for a full on adventure. Following a multi-day big-wall climb on Amorai Tepuis that ended when we are hit by a tropical storm and loose rock we then head deep underground. An unexplored section had us slithering through a 30cm high slot with loose slabs of rock above us. Finally we abseil beside the tallest waterfall on the planet – The Angel Falls.

The Human Planet

The BBC series – ‘Human Planet’ series was ‘four years in the making’ and took me to a toxic fume filled active volcano in Indonesia complete with the world’s largest acid lake, the forests of Papua New Guinea to hunt and eat fruit bats and to Arctic Greenland in winter.  Other stories include the perceives gatherers on the coat of Galicia and a fabulous story in Western Mongolia to hunt with golden eagles.  Every story we’ve covered is utterly incredible, jaw-dropping and dramatic.