It’s been an unquestionably busy year at Coldhouse. 2017 has seen us packing our kit bags and heading out into the hills in almost every weather condition imaginable. But when we needed snow we were given spring sunshine, and when we needed golden light we were given sheet rain. Still, good things come to those who wait...
Earlier in the year we partnered with Rab to produce ‘The Place of the Gaels’ which was filmed over the course of a two week period, before returning back to Scotland in July to the ever-misty Isle of Skye for PERTEX to produce ‘Cúchulainn.’ We’re also incredibly excited to learn that KMF are featuring ‘The Black Dots Project’, a film directed by Ryan Goff about photographer Nicholas JR White, who collaborated with Coldhouse more and more as the year went on.
We’re pretty chuffed to see that these selected films will be shown in front of an audience on the big screen at Kendal Mountain festival across a number of venues during 16-19 November.
The Black Dots Project
In a nutshell: Bothy Culture meets Large Format Photography
Official synopsis: ‘The Black Dots Project is a film delving into the talented world of Nicholas JR White, where his large format Chamonix 5x4 camera makes his photography a work of art. Exploring the British landscape, Nick can be seen documenting glimpses of the peculiarities and personalities behind bothies and the culture that coincides with them. Here, with baited breath and soggy feet Nick braces himself for a typical taste of Lake District weather, high up in Honister Slate Mine, Warnscale Head.’
Ideal for: Inspiring the next bothy adventure.
Did you know: The Black Dots Project was produced, directed and filmed by Ryan Goff who captured the film over the course of a single day.
Place of the Gaels
In a nutshell: Remember the non-existent winter of 2017 that didn’t show up? Take three american climbers and a whole host of characters Scottish Winter Climbing and skiing for a a feel-good film that covers the mountainous areas of The Cairngorms, North West Highlands and Glencoe.
Official synopsis: ‘From the climbers and skiers who live for Scottish winter to the musicians and craftspeople who make their living in the highlands, so much of our inspiration still comes 1from the mountains of Scotland. With the Rab family now extending far beyond these isles, in January 2017 Rab invited athletes and staff from our US Team to come and experience Scottish winter with them. This film, produced by Coldhouse Collective, catalogues their journey through the country as they discover that the weather is just as fickle, the people just as welcoming and the climbing just as demanding as they'd always heard.’
Ideal for: The Place of the Gaels is the ultimate love letter to the Scottish Winter season and the fickleness of the unpredictable weather.
Did you know: Viewers might recognised a familiar face pop up in the film in the form of Ian ‘Spike’ Sykes. The Coldhouse team first met the infamous Ian ‘Spike’ Sykes in the Clachaig during filming and got on so well that the team ended up approaching him to be the subject of PERTEX Episode 1 ‘Cúchulainn’ Elemental Journeys
In a nutshell: A poignant note to the past, through a combination of visual storytelling and epic cinematography along the Cuillin ridge.
Official synopsis:“I come from Yorkshire, but I always said you’d have to chain me up to take me out of Scotland.”
In 1959, sixteen-year-old Ian 'Spike' Sykes left school and, after a short period of work at Leeds University, joined the RAF. Already a keen climber, he signed up on the promise of excitement and adventure and was posted to the remote RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team in the north of Scotland.
The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye is known for being the finest mountaineering day out in the United Kingdom, a true test piece for climbers and runners. In a remote corner of the island, tucked below the Dubhs in the Coruisk Memorial Hut, Spike reflects on his love of Scotland, his affinity with the wild ridge line, and his memories of the tragic mountain rescue call out that took place over the New Year of 1963.’
Ideal for: Inspiring viewers to pick up ‘ In the Shadow of Ben Nevis’, a bestselling biography written by Spike.
Did you know: Ian ‘Spike’ Sykes also set up Nevisport , one of the first climbing and hiking apparel shops in the UK alongside his friend and climbing partner, Ian ‘Suds’ Sutherland, and also helped develop Nevis Range, a purpose built ski resort in Glencoe.
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