Climber, writer, photographer and TV Presenter
My name is Duncan McCallum and after years of living away from the highlands, I’ve found myself back in the Highlands near Dingwall where I was born, looking at Ben Wyvis from by home office window.
Happenstance often led me through life and after taking an interest in photography when climbing, found I had a visual talent that led to studying art and then photography. The combination of being able to look after myself in difficult environments and work with cameras lead to 15 years of travel and expeditions working for Channel 4 and the BBC making films and TV documentaries – travelling from Borneo to Spitzbergen, Mali to Chile. All this led eventually to working as a cameraman with the BBC Adventure Show team.
Throughout this time I used my freelance film life as a way to fund my rock-climbing and in between bouts of TV work, worked as a professional sponsored rock climber testing and writing about gear, and developing plans for a National Scottish Climbing centre, which eventually became the EICA Ratho, the largest indoor climbing centre in the world.
Then in 2004 I flipped from behind the camera to standing in front of one and for the last 16 years I’ve been lucky enough to work as a presenter for the long running BBC Adventure Show – interspersed with consultancy work, adventure sports journalism, writing and helping developers build adventure sports facilities.
I also head up the development of a large new climbing gym and adventure sports training centre called The Ledge. The Ledge will be run as a charity with all is profit/surplus going to help those at risk or with limited opportunities to develop life skills and confidence through connections with climbing and outdoors sports.