On Sunday, I completed the Yorkshire Three, a challenging 39.2 km hike through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales that takes in the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough.
It was a gruelling but rewarding experience that got me thinking about the surprising benefits of adventure filmmaking.
As an adventure filmmaker, I've often found that my work takes me to some of the most remote and stunningly beautiful parts of the world. And while the work can be physically and mentally demanding, it's also incredibly rewarding. As I hiked the Yorkshire Three Peaks, I couldn't help but reflect on how the experience of making adventure films has taught me so much about myself and the world around me.
One of the most significant benefits of adventure filmmaking is the change of perspective it offers. When you're out in the wild, far from the distractions of modern life, you can gain a new perspective on your own life, your goals, and your challenges. This change of perspective can be incredibly valuable, helping you to see things in a new light and find new ways to approach problems.
Another benefit of adventure filmmaking is the sense of pride and accomplishment it can bring. When you push yourself to your limits, both physically and mentally, and come out the other side, you can't help but feel a sense of pride in what you've achieved. This feeling of accomplishment can be incredibly powerful, helping to boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Resilience is also a key benefit of adventure filmmaking. When you're out in the wild, you're often faced with unexpected challenges and obstacles. You might encounter bad weather, difficult terrain, or equipment failure. But by persevering through these challenges, you can develop a sense of resilience that can help you in all areas of your life.
An example of this from Sunday is an old knee injury that came into play at around the 8 hour mark. I had to grit my teeth and push on to complete the remaining 4 hours. While it was painful, completing the challenge was much more important for me.
Finally, adventure filmmaking can teach you adaptability. When you're filming in the wild, you have to be ready to adapt to changing conditions and situations. You might have to change your plans at a moment's notice or devise creative solutions to unexpected problems. This adaptability can be incredibly valuable in all areas of life, helping you to be more flexible and open to change.
For this challenge, I also set myself another one - shooting an adventure film using only my smartphone. Having never used my phone to create a film before, it was a learning curve, adapting my mindset to a new set of tools (more on this in a video coming soon 😉).
Completing the Yorkshire Three on Sunday was a challenging but rewarding experience. From the change of perspective it offers, to the sense of pride and accomplishment, resilience, and adaptability it can bring, adventure filmmaking is an incredible way to learn about yourself and the world around you.
While I have no plans of completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks again any time soon, I'll definitely be taking on this challenge again in the future.
P.S., We've also raised over £2,000 in support of Leeds Mind - another amazing accomplishment from our group!