Please support ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’

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A recent scene I captured on video for ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’.

You may or may not have noticed in the side bar on this blog, that I’m currently fundraising for my next film ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’ on Indiegogo. I’ve raised some of the budget from sponsors and am now seeking the rest with kind support from members of the public. So do please take a look and see if it’s of interest to you.

I’m thrilled to reveal that Dan Richards from Lake District Cycling has contributed towards the campaign with some fantastic offers for cycle hire within the national park. Last weekend Dan had helped out a famous guest who planned cycling up Helvellyn – the actor Damian Lewis. He’s even got a copy of my recent film ‘Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike’ too!

Other rewards available on the Indiegogo page include lucky backers featuring in the film! In the coming weeks ahead I hope to offer some more enticing gifts for supporters, so do check in on Indiegogo regularly folks.

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Damian Lewis collects one of Dan’s bikes from Penrith rail station.

Scrolling through the Indiegogo page you’ll learn a little more about my plans for Blencathra but needless to say I’m keeping back considerable information to ensure some nice surprises for viewers once the film has been completed.


I head off back to the Northern Fells this week where I’ll be filming the following people who’ll help bring the story of the mountain to life.

Award-winning photographer Karen Frenkel will contribute an ‘incomer’s’ perspective of the mountain and what it means to her. Karen in fact was lined up to present the popular TV series ‘Wainwright Walks’ but that gig fell to Julia Bradbury at the last minute. I’ve no doubt Karen will effortless convey her boundless enthusiasm for the fells and inspire many others to strap on some boots and get outdoors.

Oli Reed, Associate Editor for the UK’s most popular hillwalking magazine ‘Trail’ will ascend Hall’s Fell Ridge and catch up with mountaineering legend Alan Hinkes OBE. Oli will talk about the mountain’s enduring popularity with the public while seeking Alan’s thoughts about this iconic fell.

An idea I had for my Scafells film was to feature a modern day poet. I never got round to executing the idea but thankfully for Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’ viewers will gain an insight to the thoughts and works of award-winning poet Philip Houghton – in the company of his loyal friend Hamish!

Tanya Oliver the Project Manager for Fix The Fells and author of ‘From High Heels to High Hills’ will share with viewers her favourite little-visited facets of Blencathra while explaining the work that the local Fix The Fells teams do in maintaining and protecting this popular hill.

Many more well-known and local faces and groups will feature in the film of course –
it is after all a year in the life of Blencathra. But I do hope the idea of the project has whetted your appetite and you head over to play your crucial part in ensuring the film’s completion.

With a rich tapestry of characters and stories coupled with stunning scenes of the mountain through the seasons, I’ve no doubt it will be a documentary many will wish to view again and again. It’s going to be yet another labour of love for me to produce but one I’m absolutely relishing.

‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’ will be released May 2016

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