President's Hot Pot & Photo Competition
The annual President’s Hotpot and Photographic Competition was again held at The Globe in Glossop. Twenty five people sat down for the hotpot and apple pie and another five joined us to see the photographs. After the competition we were treated to a short film by Paul Evans of his ascent of the Old man of Hoy with Jim Symon and some spectacular time-lapse photography of the Aurora Borealis, again by Paul Evans.
Folk had been busy with their cameras this year with 144 entries with many great shots for Dave Dillon to judge. The results are below and you can view the winners and runners up on the KMC website.
1st - Roger Dyke
1st - Jo Sayers
1st - Andy Croughton
1st - Michelle Harvie
Earlier in the day a number braved the weather forecast for the climbing or walking options. Four of us made it to Castle Naze for the climbing. The Met Office forecast rain and there was a bit, but in the event it was the Patagonia like wind that curtailed activities early. After three routes, with just walking along the crag hard work and boots and helmets being blown away, we beat a retreat to the Beehive for beers and coffees. Later James Williams, Mark Pilling and Pablo headed to the Winnats for a scramble up Matterhorn Ridge. An afternoon walk led by Mark Garrod took a few more past Castle Naze en route where they later confirmed the winds still raged.
Thank you for all who entered photographs and to all who ensured a good turnout on the night. A special thank you to Dave for judging the competition with expertise and humour, to Paul for the subsequent film and time-lapse photography and to Mark for leading the walk and for providing the necessary technology to show the photos and film.
The Walk (Mark Garrod)
Kate Harvey, Michelle Harvie, Christine Beeston, Dave Wylie, Bob Kelly, Mark Garrod, with a cameo appearance by Dave Shotton.
We did the advertised walk in reverse, in true KMC decisive-style, due to the strong winds that I thought would be better on our backs along Combs Edge. The rest of the weather was almost kind, except for the rain that hit us as we enjoyed our lunch stop at 3pm under Castle Naze, wondering where all the climbers were (long gone – as it turned out). Dave W must have been hungry – he was a dot on the horizon on the lead-in to lunch along the edge, or maybe his height meant more wind-assistance than the rest of us.
Perfect timing as ever for the pre-hotpot walk – back to the cars just before 6pm, allowing a breezy change of clothes by the car, and a ponder on how on earth to best get from the Goyt to Glossop. We earned our nosh.