After a 3 hour flight North from Lisbon over the AtlanticbI was picked up by a friendly man called Ally who was at that point still a stranger. We got to know each other fairly well during the two-hour drive in the dark from Glasgow airport to Fort William in the North West of Scotland. A cute village where many hikers take off to enjoy the amazing surroundings on and around the mountain Ben Nevis. I was told that often mountaineers train in this area and ice climbing is popular when the waterfalls freeze in Winter. I came here to shoot the new Karraig (hiking shoe) campaign for KEEN Europe and they decided to work the next couple of days with ‘models’ that have outdoor experience, the KEEN ambassadors, perfect. They arrived in the hotel a day later after we scouted locations guided by 72 years young Allen who wonders the steep hills like he is still in his 30s. We scouted all day and afterward, we joined for dinner in the lobby. I got to sit next to an amazing conversation, I mean sitting next to someone always makes you wonder if you make the right decision but to filmmaker Leon McCarron. I could listen forever to his stories full of adventure and challenges with a fluent Irish accent easy to follow. Together with the other ambassador Colin who was a local man who knows the area like the back of his hand it took us two days to beat the rains and capture what KEEN was looking for. We actually had so much, so much we actually could test how well the KEEN booths cope with the rain. An for the photos we every-now and then got lucky and the sun would show. If you ever have a chance go and meet Ben Nevis, so raw and pretty.
Crew: Danny Griffiths, Tim Padmos, Perry Laukens. Colin, Leon McCarron.
Location: Fort William, Scotland