Introducing HCF UK Ambassador Lloyd Evans

December 15, 2020

Lloyd Evans High Camp Flasks Ambassador

Lloyd Evans is a commercial photographer living in Bath, UK. Originally from Wales, he was brought up in the mountains. Specialising in landscape and outdoor photography - with his love for the dramatic he takes his inspiration from the cinematic and atmospheric throughout the world. Using his background in theatrical lighting design to help shape his work, travel photography has opened his eyes to the beauty of the world and the minute he comes back from a trip he's already planning the next one.

A new High Camp Flasks UK ambassador, Lloyd loves carrying a good spiced rum in his flasks and he recently shared his story and beautiful photos from a hike in northwest Wales:

 

Autumn colours and the feeling of Hiraeth. 

Our trip to Snowdonia National Park, was long awaited, not only a safe escape from lockdown but also - despite both being originally from Wales - my wife Sophie’s first visit here, and it was my first time during the autumn.

Snowdonia National Park is one of my favourite places in the world - set deep in the heart of North Wales it’s a place where stories are made with its magnificent scenery from rugged mountain ridges to those famous Welsh Waterfalls it’s beautiful no matter what time of year, but it was something I wanted to experience in my favourite season - and in early October, the golden hues of autumn were in full force.

It was our first adventure in a while and the first with our High Camp flask. The flask saw refreshing Welsh water at times and spiced rum at others during our trip. A spirit which has long been a favourite, and so warming in the autumn chill. 

With our cameras, a blanket packed and flask in hand we explored lots of pockets of the area. One memorable adventure was up to Llyn Idwal, a mountain lake in the heart of the Ogwen Valley. It was mostly still and quiet, and we sat by the water side taking in the views. 

For me Snowdonia has a magical quality about it and each time I’ve visited there it brings about this sense of calm and belonging. 

As we climbed down the rocky path through the valley we crossed a fast flowing waterfall and entered in to a towering gorge. When we reached the bottom we were greeted with the most incredible sunset: the sky lit up with a red glow from every direction.

Another place I had wanted to explore for so long, was Dinorwic quarry. A labyrinth of slate and A place you could easily get lost in for hours.  The grey-blue hues of the overwhelming amount of slate looks so dramatic in the landscape. As we walked around the quarry - high up in the mountain, at first all we could see was the slices of it piled high, some formed into slate shelters and slate walls, but soon we stumbled on some breathtaking views - with Snowdonia itself visible in the distance and a small quarry lake in the valley below.

Hiraeth is a Welsh word that is difficult to translate to English. The closest translation would probably be home sickness or that longing feeling, one translation that really resonates with me though is ‘a longing to be where your spirit lives’. 

I truly feel at home in the mountains.

It was an excellent adventure, and Sophie fell in love with the place as much as me. It was a road trip full of explosive sunsets, calming sunrises and exploring  lakes and mountains with our High Camp flask as our trusty companion. It’s a trip I won’t soon forget.

 

Lloyd & Sophie Evans

Welsh Quarry Drinks Shared 

 


    Also in Campfire Drinks and Storytelling

    Smoky Margarita With Our Campfire Bitters
    Smoky Margarita With Our Campfire Bitters

    June 15, 2022

    Bitters have been called the ‘salt and pepper’ of the cocktail world, offering added punch and balance to elevate the experience of the beverage. Their acid phosphate is used as acidifying agent in cocktails were lemon or lime is not desired, due to expense, cloudiness, or flavor profile.

    View full article →

    Go-Fast Bourbon Sour
    Go-Fast Bourbon Sour

    May 24, 2022

    Whether it's after laps on the track, or for just making it through the work week - if you need the perfect drink to celebrate, this delicious Go Fast Bourbon Smash recipe we made is always a good choice. We've used our Pappy & Co Bourbon Maple Syrup and HIRSCH Whiskey to make it extra tasty, and you can win all the ingredients in our Go Fast Father's Day Giveaway, along with all of these awesome prizes:

    View full article →

    Caltrout Trout Camp Gala Drinks - Rye
    Caltrout Trout Camp Gala Drinks - Rye

    May 05, 2022

    Rye Recipes - We are proud to be partnering with Caltrout for their 23rd Annual Trout Camp Gala this year. As a part of the event, we have mixed up some tasty drinks to sip on while you show your support of California's rivers and fish. These are also great recipes to pack in our Firelight 750 or 375 for your next fishing trip and enjoy riverside in between casts.

    View full article →