Here, there, everywhere!

helvellyn with mark richards
Filming is now in full swing.

Last week proved rather challenging while out on the tops in the Lake District thanks to the remnants of hurricane Bertha swooping across the British Isles. Even so, filming for ‘Helvellyn with Mark Richards’ is now in full swing and I’m busy at home now going through the footage captured prepping for the final edit. There’s still plenty more shoots to go mind but I’m really pleased with how it’s all coming together.

As usual it was a sheer delight to be spending time with Mark out amongst the fells, his knowledge of the area is astonishing. And I can’t wait for folks to see that in the DVD. I was also lucky enough to spend some time with TGO Challenger organiser, writer and editor for Lakeland Walker magazine John Manning. You can enjoy a bloopers reel video featuring both gents below. I must add, while filming on the summit of Helvellyn we were taken aback by how cold it was. Using my Kestrel weather device, I clocked an air temperature reading of about 6c and wind chill hovering just above and below 0c. It would seem our wonderfully warm summer has come to an abrupt end.

My recent trip also involved catching up with writer and hill walking officer for the BMC, Carey Davies. The BMC have commissioned me to produce a video promoting hillwalking and the organisation’s role in supporting and protecting the activity for all hill walkers out there. Should be a good watch, as Richard Fox from Fix the Fells features alongside renowned backpacker Chris Townsend who incidentally is an ambassador for the BMC.

On another Lakeland visit I got to catch up with friends in the Wasdale area and witness a wonderful achievement. David Powell-Thompson turned 68 years old – and as you do on his birthday he chose to run from the Moot Hall in Keswick to the maypole in Nether Wasdale! His route covered a distance of 25 miles with approximately 10,000 feet of ascent. Even local living legend Joss Naylor joined him for the penultimate leg. The weather wasn’t too pleasant either to put it mildly. Strong winds and rain coupled with clag was the order of the day. Needless to say, a few celebratory ales and food was had in The Strands Inn and Brewery afterwards. So, congratulations Mr Powell-Thompson! A truly inspirational fella I’m proud to call a friend (and drinking partner).

So life is a bit hectic for me at the moment. I’m either at home frantically editing or out on the fells walking and filming. Things should ease down a little soon. In the meantime, here’s a selection of photos from my recent visits to the Lake District….

Lakeland Walker John Manning Mark Richards
John Manning and Mark Richards take in the view from Conb Crags on Helvellyn.

wythburn church
A quick visit to the delightful Wythburn church before a walk up Helvellyn.

helvellyn summit john manning mark richards lake district
John and Mark admire the view from Helvellyn’s summit.

Carey Davies BMC Hill walking officer
The BMC’s hill walking officer, Carey Davies.

hillwalking officer carey davies
“Hill fever, hill fever….”

Steel Fell and Thirlmere lake district
I enjoyed a wander recently from Lower Man and out on to open ground. The best way to enjoy the hills in my opinion.

Steel Fell from Helvellyn
Looking to Steel Fell over Thirlmere from the flanks of Helvellyn.

David Powell-Thompson birthday run wasdale
David Powell-Thompson after completing the penultimate leg of his birthday run.

Joss Naylor
Joss Naylor supported David on one leg of his run.

Eric Robson and David Powell-Thompson Lake District Strands Inn
‘Best of friends’. David Powell-Thompson and Eric Robson enjoy some ales in The Strands Inn.

Vango Appleby tent church stile farm campsite nether wasdale
One weekend I had the pleasure of my wife’s company and camped at Church Stile Farm, Nether Wasdale.

heather in bloom borrowdale lake district national park
Wonderful heather in bloom overlooking Borrowdale.

Keen Clearwater sandals lake district national park hiking
Some Keen Clearwater sandals I’ve been wearing a lot of late out on the fells.

keen clearwater sandals
The Keen sandals have been out on trail, rough open ground and in…errr…Helvellyn Gill!
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