Sometime last year I entered a competition on Facebook, the deal was you upload a video of yourself taking part in some sort of "adventure sport", and after a month or so of voting those who had the six videos with the most votes would be the winners, and would be whisked away to star in an advert for the travel insurance company Dogtag.
Thanks to my amazing friends and family, and by putting my video up nice and early, I ended up in the top 6, and so begins my film star career... I spent last week in Interlaken in the Swiss Alps, essentially running around, eating cheese, drinking beer, and occasionally being filmed. It was a brilliant week and I'd like to give huge thanks to Dogtag (Mike and Richy), PR guru Lynsey, Don and Dave the film crew, my fellow stars (more on them in a minute) and to Outdoor Interlaken and our guide Stefan. Here's a quick blog about what we got up to...
|The (Dog)tag team|
|The Eiger lurking behind the village|
Initially things didn't look good, there was about 120m of pisted snow and a magic carpet lift. The team set about building a kicker, and after the fortunate arrival of a Swiss bloke in a piste basher we soon had a fine piece of snow sculpture. I think Mikey's skiing might (quite rightly) make up a fair bit of the advert, as it was awesome. I won't spoil it with photos here, but it's gooooood.
|Lift designed for children: Sub-optimal for those with mad jibbing skills.|
So, that left Ewen, Hannah, Collyn and Andrew to be filmed. Luckily they were all mountain bikers, so we headed up from the village and found some nice bike tracks for them to play on. The whole trip was awesome, but along with the Jungfraujoch trip, this was one of my favourite days. We biked (I ran) up and down the trails in the sunshine and generally had a good time. Richy and Dave also got involved in the filming, using some pretty innovative methods...
|Richy on the roof (Not shown - Dave up a tree)|
|Andrew being interviewed|
There's loads more I could say about the week but I'll leave it at that... Watch this space for the best damn insurance advert you've ever seen!
|Interlaken from the Harder Kulm (1300m ish)|
|Tourists at the Harder Kulm|
|Me, being a tourist at the Harder Kulm|
|Climbing up along the ridge towards Augstmatthorn|
|Looking up from the trail|
|Awesome ridge from Roteflue to Augstmatthorn|
|After turning around, there's even climb in the valleys!|
|...and even more (and rain)|
|Back along the ridge for the last time before the descent|