Live Rock Climbing on BBC This Saturday

The photo is from Dave Macleod's excellent blog, and shows the team discussing rigging logistics for an epic climbing TV programme.

Make a date - 13:35-19:15 this Saturday 28th August, BBC-2 Scotland. You can watch it live on the iPlayer too, and in HD.

Dave & Tim Emmett will attempt the live climb of a hard new route on Sron Ulladale, a mind-blowingly massive cliff on the Isle of Harris.

A similar event was attempted 2 years ago in the Cairngorms but the how was rained off before it could go live. Now it looks like the weather Gods are conspiring again. This from Dave's latest entry yesterday:

"The forecast, as ever, is diabolical. Yesterday, I was on the line myself. The upper two pitches had waterfalls coming down them and Brian and Rory were almost blown off their feet in the unseasonal storm force wind on the top of the wall. A helicopter is due to take all the outside broadcast equipment into the broadcast base camp. But the chances of the chopper being able to fly in the next two days is about big fat 0%. So it’ll all need to be carried instead. Ouch! ... The team have no option but to rig tomorrow even though they’ll have to do it in a waterfall. All the ropes have to be in place by Wednesday for the 5 climbing cameramen to get on the ropes and start sussing their shots for Saturday."

The producer is my good friend Richard Else of Triple Echo. I suspect he'll not be too calm right now. I directed some pre-recorded feature inserts and would dearly like to be out there right now, regardless of the weather.

1 Comments Here:

Hue said...

lets hope the weather holds out for this, the forecast for today was awful and it turned out ok.. i guess the wind is a bit strong though.