Apologies to readers and followers for my absence – and to those I’ve been late replying to emails.
I’ve been busy of late enjoying camping trips with my wife and also planning my next video. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been spending a great deal of time working on my next chapter in a wild camping video trilogy aimed at beginners – the first being “Wild Camping”
Just this last weekend, I hooked up with Moonlightshadow in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for a wild camp to film our next installment. We also had the company of a newbie to spending night’s out on the hills – Andy.
The weather was better than forecast and in the end I managed to capture around 90% of what I had in mind.
I don’t normally do this – but I’m going to show you a brief rough clip from the next video!
I’ve come at a crossroads with this one. I’m not too sure with what I’ve created so far requires a voice-over, none at all or some simple informative titles.
It’s namely for the opening part of the clip you are about to see.
So, any feedback would be much appreciated.
It’s not a big dilemma for me at the moment as I can and will continue to edit the video but it’s something I’m mindful of and yet to decide upon. Feel free to let me know.
The company was a pleasure as always and it’s great to share such experiences with like-minded folk. Moonlightshadow has really been bitten by the wild camping bug, now – and so too has Andy who will also feature briefly in the video – which is great to see.
Their enthusiasm is infectious and it shows within the footage I’ve captured (though not necessarily in this clip) and I hope it goes to show that with a little common sense and some shrewd spent pennies that anyone can take up this inspiring and very fulfilling hobby.
Even though it rained heavily at times and threatened to ruin my plans – spirits were high and the momentum was maintained.
Unfortunately, for Moonlightshadow and Andy I probably took away a little of their enjoyment of the area – what with my impulsive stops and starts, barking orders and general bossing around.
Even shots where I asked them to do particular actions and consequently felt rather stupid – I tried to reassure them of the videos final effect and there would be nothing to be embarrassed about.
I filmed a total of 90 minutes footage of which I have to edit down to under 10 – and along with the number of planned shots I intend to use with a certain style of editing- this next chapter will take me a bit longer than normal to complete.
But I hope the final edit will be worth it in the end.
The overall aim of this video is to show those who are interested in taking up backpacking what sort of kit to take and why – the first being a more general overview of why folk take up wild camping.
There’s nothing too specific because kit selection and choice in itself can be a minefield for discussion – but here we’re keeping it basic – perhaps seen as reassurance to those of a nervous disposition spending nights out on the hills – and honestly there really is nothing to be worried about.
I do hope it pays off – though after this it will be some time before I get out with my video camera again. Quite simply put it’s mentally draining and time consuming.
A few solo trips out on the hills will be the order of the day and some simple trip reports on this blog I think.
Anyway, here we go – take a look at the clip below and let me know what you think. Please be mindful it’s a rough cut and there will be some changes here and there and of course there is more to come.