Looking Back From the Edge
By Adrian Zupp
While the first season of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” is now in re-run phase on The Weather Channel, many of the highlights of the experience are still very fresh in Peter’s mind. There were many highs, the occasional low, the risks, the camaraderie, the new discoveries, and the funny moments.
“Oh mate, it was such a mixture of things,” said Peter. “What a lot of people may not realize is that I was pretty exhausted by the time we got to filming the last few episodes. It was a lot different to just going out taking photographs. There’s so much more to think about and you have to stick to a really tight schedule. No rest for the wicked!”
But the memories were worth all the effort.
“I’d wanted to do a TV show for a long time, so I got a lot of satisfaction from that,” Peter continued. “And I did get a lot of great shots from a pretty big variety of locations. It just took a different kind of discipline having the film crew there and having to do my lines as well as the things I usually do. Having the TV camera there is like having another person along who you have to talk to all the time.”
So, a quick recap. Funniest moment.
“That was probably the night that Uma and I got locked out on our hotel balcony,” Peter said with a laugh. “We were on the second floor, no cell phone, and we were, like, ‘What do we do?’ Uma finally climbed down a drainpipe and saved the day. I made sure to put that in his job description later.”
“There were plenty. The hike to Stevens Arch in Utah was really tough. And climbing that bloody ice wall in Montana was murder. I’d never done that before. I remember kicking my toe spikes into the ice really hard and by the time I got to the top my toes were just stuffed. Really painful.”
Most exhilarating moment.
“Well, again, there was a lot of them. I wasn’t too happy about my first encounter with quicksand. But it’s hard to beat riding a boat up close to a volcano when it’s spewing lava and gases. That was Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawai’i for the first episode. You could feel the heat and even the water, when we were in the boat, would have cooked me if I’d fallen in. I’d been there before but volcanoes are so awesome and unpredictable, you always get a rush.”
And finally, the highlight.
“Every time I pressed the shutter, knowing I got the shot!”
Ratings for the show exceeded all expectations, but as good as they were they couldn’t top the experience of filming the series for Peter, Uma and all involved.
You can still catch Peter out “getting the shot” on The Weather Channel. Check your local listings.