This autumn we are proud to share the first episode Pertex Elemental Journeys, a six part series exploring stories from people whose lives are defined by wild spaces and mountain adventures.
Episode 1: Episode 1: Cúchulainn is a gritty love letter to the Isle of Skye, from the dark waters of Loch Coruisk to the looming heights of the Black Cuillin.
In 1959, sixteen-year-old Ian 'Spike' Sykes left school and, after a short period of work at Leeds University, joined the RAF. Already a keen climber, he signed up on the promise of excitement and adventure and was posted to the remote RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team in the north of Scotland.
"I come from Yorkshire, but I always said you'd have to chain me up to take me out of Scotland."
The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye is known for being the finest mountaineering day out in the United Kingdom, a true test piece for climbers and runners. In a remote corner of the island, tucked below the Dubhs in the Coruisk Memorial Hut, Spike reflects on his love of Scotland, his affinity with the wild ridge line, and his memories of the tragic mountain rescue call out that took place over the New Year of 1963.
Elemental Journeys is an original film series created by Coldhouse Collective
Look out for the next epidsode in the Elemental Journeys series coming soon.