An Update from Backyard and Beyond
A lot has happened since we last posted.
It has been almost six months since Jamie was killed, in a fall on the west face of the Remarkables. We are still struggling with the reality of this, and our hearts go out to Jamie’s partner Jess and their young son Mahe, Jamie’s parents and his brother Sam.
Losing a great mate to an activity that we love takes some getting our heads around. And, in all honesty, we’re not sure that we have. But like any grief, we try to make a little bit of progress each day.
Jamie was a founding member of Backyard And Beyond, and our vivid memories of him are now intrinsically linked with the BAB concept and principles. Because of this, we have decided to continue BAB and broaden it into an ongoing project. BAB will not be the same without Jamie, but we feel a heightened responsibility towards continuing to seek and promote adventure in the outdoors. We think that Jamie would have wanted this.
Despite the epic efforts required to film and produce the documentary of our 2012 transalpine expedition, we now feel so lucky to have such a strong visual reminder of Jamie. Over the past year, ‘One Fine Day On A Mountain’ has screened and been well received at venues around the country, including to a full house of over 300 viewers at Bivouac Outdoor in Christchurch. It received a Special Jury Award at the 2013 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.
The movie is due for a further screening in Dunedin in March, and will then be posted here online – Jamie is never that far from our thoughts, and we feel it is important to have the movie available for everyone to watch.
Thanks to all those who have encouraged us to continue with the BAB concept. We hope that, in some small way at least, we can help to honour and keep alive the memory of Jamie.