02 February 2012

Hiking the Peak District in winter

Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM @58mm.

This weekend we headed to the Peak District to capture some winter hiking scenes. I'd hoped for a covering of snow on the hills, and for once the British weather didn't disappoint.

We arrived in the late afternoon and climbed Mam Tor, only to be engulfed by a blizzard so severe that we could barely see. Photography was out of the question, except for a few grab shots of poor Rachael as she braved the gale force winds and stinging snow. As darkness descended we gave up and retreated back to the Jeep, then headed for our B&B on roads that by then were almost impassable. Thank goodness for four-wheel drive!

The next morning was a different story. We awoke to still air, clear skies and a thick carpet of snow. After a stiff hike up Kinder Scout we were rewarded by views across miles of pristine, snow-covered moorland. There were plenty of landscape opportunities to be had, but crucially there were also other hikers around, kitted out for the winter and knee-deep in snow, that enabled me to get the adventure lifestyle shots I was after.

Gear on the day: Canon 5D (and a 600D for backup), Canon 17-40 L, 24-105 L and 50mm f1.8 lenses, Manfrotto tripod (although conditions were so good that I never used it), map, compass, phone & GPS (just in case), and of course plenty of food and warm clothing!

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