This week’s adventure has been a climb up Kinder Scout in the Peak District with my lovely wife Clare.
Kinder Scout is the biggest hill in the Peak District, and at 636 metres it’s not really that big on a global scale but it’s got lots of character, can still be challenging, and is the first proper hill I ever climbed so I like it.
Now as much as I love climbing Kinder with Clare, I had another agenda on this excursion. I’ve written a short film set, in part, on Kinder Scout, so I wanted to scout (forgive the pun) a few locations and take a bit of test footage with my DSLR camera to see how it came out.
So, everything looked great right, weather was good, sunny and unseasonably warm, Care took our dogs, Bobby and Jet and I organised the camera, etc.
All we needed was a bit of quiet.
That became the problem. We just couldn’t escape everyone else.
We parked the car in Edale to discover there was a 45 mile fell run finishing there. There was also a helicopter loudly transporting materials up and down the valley all the time we were there and that was before we started.
Once on the hill we joined a queue of hikers making their way up to the tops. If we walked they chased us, if we stopped, they stopped right next to us. At one point we I thought we were being stalked as every time we waited for one particular group to go passed they sat down and waited for us to move on so they could stay with us.
The Peak District is apparently the second most visited national park after Mount Fuji in Japan, and yesterday I could believe it.
After a while I gave up trying to shoot video and switched to photography. This helped to alleviate my stress as it was a beautiful day, but I may need to re-think my strategy for the film as I’m aiming for haunting and desolate, which could be a challenge if there’s a constant procession of loud, brightly dressed ramblers stomping through every scene.
Anyway, here’s what video I did manage to get from the trip.