Columbia Sportswear wanted to make a short film in the Peak District National Park as part of their Switch Off and Connect campaign. They needed assistance in identifying suitable locations for a family group to go bouldering. Their requirements were that we use an iconic Peak District location. The location also needed good access for film crew and Columbia Sportswear staff. It should also offer suitable bouldering opportunities.
Film Crew Safety
It was particularly important that the film crew could gain suitable vantage points. This involved securing them at the top of some boulders and also providing access on challenging terrain. We identified the Plantation area of Stanage Edge and undertook scouting visits with key staff as well as undertaking risk assessments. Our role also involved co-ordinating with the Peak District National Park Authority to ensure the correct permissions were in place.
Fully Qualified Instructors
We provided two fully qualified and insured Mountaineering Instructors. We ensured they are local to the area and fully familiar with the requirements of filming and the venue. They are also part of of our core team of instructors and full members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors.
Participant Safety Management
Bouldering can be enjoyed by all experience levels. However, it does require careful management. Ropes aren’t used, but safety is managed by careful ‘spotting’ by the instructor and large bouldering mats protect the landing area.
Managing The Shoot
For the filming sessions we managed scene safety for the film crew and the family undertaking the bouldering. The ‘talent’ was well known TV presenter Gaby Logan and her family. Everything went well with the shoot and the family threw themselves enthusiastically into all the activities. We had a lot of fun and the Columbia Sportswear consensus was that the location was perfect for the look and feel of the campaign. The finished video can be viewed below.