Alan Hinkes is the only UK mountaineer to have climbed the world's 14 highest peaks

Alan Hinkes is the only UK mountaineer to have climbed the world's 14 highest peaks. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A film-maker who chronicled two Lake District mountains is turning his lens on a mountaineer for his next project.

Terry Abraham has revealed his next cinematic subject will be record-breaking climber Alan Hinkes.

Hinkes is well known within the outdoor community as the only Briton to have summited all 14 of the world’s 8,000m mountains but his profile in the wider world is less prominent than many UK climbers.

Nottinghamshire-based Abraham, whose two Life of a Mountain films documented Scafell Pike and Blencathra, said he will begin filming the Hinkes biopic shortly.

He told grough: “The Hinkes film has been on the cards for some time. I’ve been putting it off in truth waiting for the right time, in terms of where I’m ready on many levels to do his story justice.

“I begin filming Alan next month in Yorkshire and Scotland. Other locations will include the Lake District, Norway and Sweden to name a few. So it’s a big logistical project by my standards and a first for me.

Terry Abraham. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Terry Abraham. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

“I’m slowly but surely bringing the story together now and sifting through archive materials too.

“I’m keen the film will prove to be insightful, spectacular and entertaining. So I’ll be spending a lot of time capturing the variety of landscapes involved at their best on video.”

Abraham revealed this week the film, entitled simply Alan Hinkes OBE, will premiere at Rheged in Cumbria in October 2017. The centre near Penrith was the venue for this year’s unveiling of the Blencathra film, which featured Alan Hinkes in a winter traverse of Sharp Edge. The Yorkshire mountaineer also featured in the earlier Scafell Pike movie, getting into difficulties on Broad Stand on Scafell.

A major Scandinavian outdoors brand has agreed to sponsor the film, Abraham said.

He also told us that he still plans to produce the third in his mountain trilogy, covering Helvellyn. “I’ve put it back a little,” the cinematographer said. “Instead of starting late spring I’ll begin working on that proper next summer.”

Terry Abraham has also worked with outdoors expert and writer Chris Townsend on the Cairngorms in Winter film.

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