Dodging floods on a Derwent Water circular walk
Derwent Water is one of the most picturesque areas of the Lake District, but at the time I went I had to carefully plan a route to avoid recent flood damage.
Mark Spence has used a drone along with his mountain skills to create amazing aerial views of Ben Nevis and other Munroes
He served 23 years as a Royal Marine Commando, getting to explore some amazing places in all sorts of environments. After leaving the Navy, he achieved his a CAA Qualified UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or drone) pilots licence and set up in business offering aerial filming.
However, he maintained his love for the outdoors. After creating footage for an outdoor gear company, he decided he wanted to share the amazing scenery from some of his favourite peaks with the wider world - and Munrodrone was born.
Filming with a UAV in such remote areas has some complex logistics involved. How to cover long distances carrying heavy gear and sensitive equipment in very cold conditions took time to work out. Mark completed a few 'dummy' runs first to test his skills and equipment.
As well as his drone, he still has to consider the other equipment needed for these extreme conditions. High performance, lightweight clothing, food and hydration are all vitally important for safety.
"OS Mapping in my experience is the best mapping in the world and as such was the only choice so Munrodrone users can match terrain to telemetry."
Picking the right day and time is vital as well. The highly changeable weather in Scotland makes just normal climbs a challenge. Add on reaching the peak when there is clear, relatively still weather and good light adds an extra layer of complexity to the planning.
Munrodrone is designed to be both a resource for walkers who are able to view the route in amazing detail, as well as offering some amazing views for those who cannot get there in person. The novice Munro bagger can gauge if the route they are about to planning matches their abilities and fitness levels - as well as possibly inspiring a few more to try it!
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