Mark and Terry Filming on Helvellyn


During the summer we reported how pleased we were to be involved in the latest project from Mark Richards called ‘Helvellyn with Mark Richards’.  An independently produced 60 minute documentary showcasing England’s third highest summit. Starring, Lakeland Fellranger Series author and good friend to Alfred Wainwright Mark Richards produced by Terry Abraham. Read more about  #Make It Happen – Helvellyn With Mark Richards

Latest update from Terry and Mark: After many weeks of filming they have almost finished.

Coming Soon Autumn 2014 ‘Helvellyn with Mark Richards’. Join Lakeland Fellranger series author Mark Richards as he takes viewers on three of his favourite routes up one of the Lake District’s most popular mountains. terry sent us this clip. We think it is very special. Really hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

We mentioned Terry and Mark have been on the Lakeland Fells over the summer. We took the opportunity to ask them both a few questions. I would like to thank them both for their time. The answers are very interesting.

We asked Mark…

Q. An image that stays in your mind working on ‘Helvellyn with Mark Richards’
Mark: Respect for Terry’s single-minded intent and passion to portray the fells and their meaning to people through his lens.

Q. What is your most unusual and useful piece of kit when you are out filming
Mark: With all the sitting, standing and waiting for Terry to complete cutaways and retakes the most important piece of kit was patience. In terms of tangible kit the simple truth is I love wearing Rohan clothing ubiquitously, I feel ‘on the fell’ even when I’m not, which for me is an association made in heaven.

Q. Highlight of the experience so far
Mark: Dawn on our high-level camp above the Hole-in-the-Wall.

Mark Richards on Esk Pike - Copyright Terry Abraham

We asked Terry…

Q. An image that stays in your mind working on ‘Helvellyn with Mark Richards’

Terry: For me personally I have two favourite images of Mark while working on the DVD. One features the living legend himself ascending the north east ridge of Nethermost Pike. A little-known scramble from the delightful Grizedale. The fells had been clagged in all morning and I anticipated that much of the filming we’d be doing would contain nothing but pea soup and Mark describing the views you’d otherwise see.

Alas, as we began our ascent, the clouds began to lift and break to reveal evermore dramatic views. It was quite simply superb and a massive morale boost too. Though tiring on my part lugging about my video gear, I’ll not forget looking back at Mark on the knife-edge arete with the parting mist and scenes down to the valley below.

My other favourite image features Mark on Esk Pike at sunset while we were filming for ‘Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike’ last year. Mark headed up from Borrowdale to meet me and camp out the night on the summit. Unbeknownst to him as he slogged his way up in thick fog, that he’d reach Esk Hause and discover he’s above the clouds.

Both images scream ‘Lakeland Fellranger’ for me. The epitome of what Mark is all about.

Q. One tip for the budding video photographers amongst us.

Terry: Too many people take a video camera up on the fells and move it around like their own eyes taking in the fine scenery. Needless to say this makes for annoying viewing and one to feel somewhat sea-sick. Keep the camera still and focus on just one view for at least 20 seconds. It may feel too long but trust me, when you’re back home editing it makes all the difference.

Of course to capture the very best views of the Lakeland fells, you need to watch the weather, envisage the scene you’re after and time it all right. It really is about being in the right place at the right time. And for me wild camping is the way to go on that front. You get to enjoy wonderful views when most people have headed back down and home for the evening. Or you’re up enjoying the dawn of a new day while most are enjoying breakfast before making their way up onto the tops.

You simply can’t beat it. And therein lies my roots as a filmmaker. I’m a wild camper first and foremost – filmmaker second.

Q. What’s the longest time you have had to wait to get that perfect moment

Terry: It’s not uncommon for me to set up camp and spend a couple of days there watching and waiting for the right moment to capture on video. Most would think that’s crazy. But it floats my boat! If you asked me to sit in a city centre or room at home and do nothing but look for hours on end, I’d tell you to go where the sun don’t shine!

But out on the fells? Time feels slow, but it peculiarly passes by quickly. There’s always something to look at and admire as the light changes from dawn to dusk, as cloud comes and goes, as seasons change.

Q. What is your most unusual and useful piece of kit when you are out filming 

Terry: During the long winter nights, and if a storm has enveloped my camp – and I know I’m going to be in the area a while, it can get quite demoralising and of course boring. So for entertainment I take a tablet with me!

I can read countless magazines, books and watch films. Better still, I take a wee gadget called (don’t laugh!) ‘EyeTV’ with me. A tiny aerial you plug into your tablet, which enables you (signal permitting – which is usually good on the tops) to watch Freeview TV!

Terry has sent us this clip we think this is very special. Enjoy

The DVD will be available from Striding Edge in November.

We are really looking forward to it.


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