Sun 25th Apr, 2010

Presidents' Hotpot

Afternoon Walk - Mark Garrod

Members present: Michelle Harvie, Mark Garrod, Dave Wylie, Bob Kelly, Robert Clark.

Potential Members: Laura Collier.

Our select band of walkers gathered at 1pm for a pre-Hotpot yomp. Differing views were heard about the start time. Bob normally finishes his walks about then, and Dave is normally just about awake by 1, but all seemed happy with the 6pm finish to allow us to arrive at the Globe in plenty of time.

The walk was in generally good weather, apart from a very heavy and cold, prolonged shower which hit us, and soaked some of us, on Lees Hill and around Higher Swineshaw reservoir. I suppose it is April! Laura completed her train-to-and-from-the-walk, having arrived via Hadfield, by leaving us at Carrbrook to go to back to work via Mossley - full-marks. We late-lunched / snacked / tea'd at the little reservoir above Carrbrook, and then slid our way up the rocky stream-bed of Far Harehill Clough, which gives approx ½ mile of ascent largely on rock and slime (or in water). Thanks to Jim Symon for that route variation. Good views were enjoyed once we got to Wimberry Moss, and on returning over Wilderness and Ogden Clough to Arnfield. We all earned our Hotpot and Apple pie.

Pete Walker and Alan (L) Jones also walked in the area, but our paths didn't cross.


Bamford Edge Climbing - Dave Shotton (Heather's stand in)

Members: Christine Beeston, John Castick, Virginia Castick, Dave Dillon, Roger Dyke, Joanne Heslop, Al Metelko, Dave Shotton, Chris Williams.

Guests: Mark Anderson, José Antonio, Julien Bodard, Neil Britton, Richard Edgell, Katie Harvey, Mark Heslop, Ding Koy, Carolyn Mills, Julia Partington, James Williams.

There was an impressive turnout in particular of guests (many of them now becoming regular faces on meets!) at this delightful gritstone crag. During a dry and sunny late morning and lunchtime, various routes were climbed on the Lower Tier, including Recess Crack (VDiff), Sandy Crack (S), Brown's Crack (HS) and Bilberry Crack (VS 5a). A prolonged rainy squall then encouraged many of those present to head for the tea and gear shops of Hathersage. Those who remained enjoyed a later dry respite during which further climbs were made on the upper parts of the edge, including Loader's Bay (Diff) on Gun Buttress. More ominous rainclouds moving in from the west led to a calculated retreat at around 4.30 p.m., though not quick enough to avoid a bit of a soaking!


Photographic Competition - Mark Garrod

Members Present: Lots.

Potential Members: Yes - great to see you there.

An excellent turnout for the evening, with 40 members partaking of the Hotpot and Apple Pie, and 6 others having to resort to the Globe's bar menu due to late-bookings. It was especially good to see some elder statesmen of the club such as Ken and Derek. The photographic competition was reasonably well supported by members, but my plea for next year will be for more members to have a go, and also for all entries to come with information on location and members in the shot.

Derek Seddon kindly agreed to judge this year's competition, and talked us through the winning shots in each category. The winners and runners up were:

  • Climbing Action: Sean Kelly, Midge Castick, Ding Koi.
  • Mountain Action: Midge Castick, Sean Kelly, Sean Kelly.
  • Mountain Landscape: Michelle Harvie, Sean Kelly, Sean Kelly.
  • Human Interest: Alan "Hyde" Jones, Midge Castick, Dave Dillon.

All the above photos are in the Picture Gallery for those who weren't there to see them on the night.

Meet Promo:

Contact: Mark Garrod, or Heather Brooke

"Early" warning!!!

THE GLOBE INN in Glossop will once again be the venue for this year's President's Hotpot and Slide show competition.

The usual Hotpot and apple pie with custard will be available cost of £6 a head. Room will be available from 6pm with food served at 7pm.

Just a reminder that all food will be Vegetarian.

For anyone who didn't come last year, the Globe is situated on the main road through Glossop. Full address is The Globe Inn, 144 High St West, Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 8HJ. Tel: 01457 852417. For more information about the venue visit their website at

If people want to book their places, please contact Heather by email or by phone.


Day's Events:

Climbing meet: Leader - Heather Brooke

The climbing meet will be at Bamford Edge, one of my favourite crags in the Peak. I will be at the Salmon Slab area from 10.30am where you will find routes like Brown's Crack (HS 4b), Quien Sabe? (VS 4c) and Bilberry Crack (VS 5a).


Sunday Walk: Leader - Mark Garrod

Given the Hotpot venue opens at 6pm and the meal is 7pm, I am planning a walk that will start at 1pm, and finish in time to allow a quick change of kit in/near the car, before heading off straight to the Hotpot. You can, of course, join the walk even if you can't make the Hotpot. Don't expect the normal KMC lunch halt at 1.05pm - maybe bring tea and cakes instead?

We will meet and park just off the A628 after Hollingworth, going left onto Arnfield Lane after the reservoir, heading up toward Arnfield. Park on the top of the lane at grid ref. SK018977, shortly after the sharp left turn at the minor T junction. Please share cars where possible.

The walk will head round Hollingworthall Moor, over Turf Pits toward Carrbrook, then up to the moors via cloughs toward Wimberry. Note that weather permitting we will take a rather unique route on this section. At the top, we head back down from near Wilderness gully, to Arnfield. Something around 18km - that's the plan, anyway. See you there.

Mark Garrod

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