A day with Terry Abraham

The chance to part with a small amount of money when Terry set up his fundraising page for his current film about Scafell Pike, was a way to demonstrate my faith in his abilities as a film maker and to pick his experienced brains about wild camping.

Camping at Wasdale

Camping at Wasdale

Terry has assembled a huge cast of characters for ย “The Life of a Mountain – Scafell Pike”, from mountaineers to mountain rescue, farmers and a shepherdess. All have a connection to Scafell Pike and the narrative of the film explores these connections. Terry’s ambition was to film a year in the life of the mountain which is the highest peak in England and one of three of the highest in the UK.

I travelled to Nether Wasdale in the Lake District to spend a day with three of the National Trust Rangers responsible for maintaining the hugely popular route up to Scafell Pike. Apparently 40,000 people, including many 3 peaks challenge teams, take this route each year and the footpath is key to their success.

The National Trust Rangers being filmed at work

The National Trust Rangers being filmed at work

Terry and the Rangers filmed a day at work on the route to the summit during April. Although there were many signs of spring on the lower part of the route, the summit was still shrouded in low cloud.

Hampered in my climb by an asthma attack, I still met all sorts of people during the day, from young children to a 79 year old man, who said this was going to be his last climb. All these people made me realise what universal and enduring appeal this mountain has.

Daffodils by Wastwater

Daffodils by Wastwater

The Scafell Pike film generated a lot of interest within the outdoors community following the fundraising drive and Terry’s previous Cairngorms film with Chris Townsend in 2013 (which received a commendation at the Kendal Mountain Festival).

I feel certain that the project will bring Terry the recognition he deserves. The film premiered at Rheged in Penrith on Saturday 10th May 2014 and tickets quickly sold out for the first screening. The download / dvd are available online. An abridged version of the film was shown on the BBC4 on 14th January 2015 to record audiences.

About rucksackrose

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5 Responses to A day with Terry Abraham

  1. It did indeed turn out a success. Great film…very enjoyable.


  2. rucksackrose says:

    Thanks James. Lots of good craic ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. backpackingbongos says:

    Terry is a very nice chap, good that you enjoyed some time with him.


  4. rucksackrose says:

    Thanks Martin. Some great craic was had.


  5. Martin Rye says:

    Top lad is Terry. You could not find a more honest down to earth chap. Glad you had a good day.


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