Sun 10th Apr, 2016

Presidents Hot Pot and Slide Show

Andy Stratford

37 KMC folk turned out for the meal plus a further 8 not requiring food.

There were high quality entries in all categories which were anonymised by The President who did not take a significant part in the judging process. 2016 was the first year we have had an all women judging panel: Philippa Maye and Sue Marsden: both visual artists and members of Clipped In - an artists collective of KMC members. If you have never visited the website before see If you would like to see the work in full please await further news of the exhibition at Castle Park (Frodsham) art gallery in late may and June 2016.

Although there were no official entries in the new video category we showed a selection of short clips / films from members:

Colin Maddison: Moan, Moan, Moan

Mary Stuart: Total Control

Roisin Maddison: Norway - a second a day


and ''The Ten Edges Challenge''

A brilliant 15 minute proper film directed by Outdoor Meets Secretary Dan O'Brien in his alter-ego of Helmet of Doom productions.

The film also served as a promo/warning, for the upcoming bit of KMC crazyness of the summer: a re-run of the Ten Edges Challenge. See the May newsletter and website for details.


Photocomp results:

Rock Action:

1st Place: Paul Evans: The Long Reach. Helen Boothman on Z Crack, Cowsmouth Quarry, Littleborough.

2nd Place: Duncan Lee: Chin Hook Top Out. Vicky Alderton at Fontainbleu

3rd Place: Sean Kelly: Deep Water Solo. Berry Head. Cornwall

Highly commended:

Sean Kelly: Demo Route, Sennen, Cornwall

Paul Evans: Gareth on Daytona Wall E5 6a, Cowsmouth Quarry, Littleborough.

Duncan Lee: Vicky off Pocklington Lane, Blackstone Edge, Littleborough.



Mountain Action:

1st Place: Colin Maddison: Steve and Bob on The Ben

2nd Place: Andy Stratford: Swing It, Colin on Snus-i-tide WI4, Hemsedal, Norway.

3rd Place: Sean Kelly: Windy Day on Bheinn Dearg, Glencoe.

Highly commended:

Colin Maddison: Craig in Norway

Mark Pilling: Summit of Langentaler Weisenkogl 3217m



Mountain Landscape:

1st Place: Sean Kelly: Castell-y-Gwynt Panorama

2nd Place: Paul Evans: Derwent Water from Cat Bells

3rd Place: Andy Stratford: Close encounters of the fourth kind, Jebel Saghro, Morocco

Highly commended:

Philip Hartwell: Gardena Pass

Andy Stratford: Mark on the summit of Lliwedd on the final leg of the Snowden double horseshoe.



Human Interest:

1st Place: Paul Evans: Jim Symon (Needs No Caption)

2nd Place: Jo Stratford: Smile Please: The Moroccan dentist

3rd Place: Mark Garrod: Local Wildlife, Zell am see, Austria

Highly commended:

Mark Pilling: Man vs Uberburger


Andy Stratford

Meet Promo:


Walking meet now led by Keith Williams - see details below.

Booking for hotpot food now closed.


On Sunday 10th April 2016, the annual President’s Hot Pot and Photographic Competition will once again be held at the Globe in Glossop. During the day Dan O’Brien will be leading a climbing meet at Castle Naze.  There will also be a walking meet led by Keith Williams.

Photographic Competition

The competition will be for photographs in digital format.  All photographs must have been taken in the last twelve months.  The usual four categories will apply:

• Mountain Action
• Mountain Landscape
• Rock Action
• Human Interest/Digital Fun

Please send your entries to  I’ll accept up to three entries per person per category.  Please give details of which category each photo is being entered for and the subject matter.  To avoid clogging up the inbox please resize photos to 800 x 600 if you can.

Film Category

This year, for the first time, we have a motion picture category for all you budding directors out there.

Entries should be less than two minutes in length and should be playable on VLC media player (  Due to size these need to be uploaded to a dropbox.  Follow and please try to limit the file size to 500MB.

Deadline for entries is Friday April 1st at midnight.

Judging will take place on Saturday 2nd April.

The Hot Pot
The Globe will be serving the usual veggie hotpot followed by apple pie and custard. The meal will start at 7.00pm sharp and be followed by the photographic competition.  Cost is £6.00 per head.  Please book with Andy Stratford direct no later than Wednesday 6th April by emailing

For those that haven’t been before the Globe is on High Street West in Glossop; see map at,-1.95657


Climbing meet preview

This year’s pre-hot-pot climbing will be led by Dan O'Brien at Castle Naze.  This traditional crag, situated near Chapel-en-le-Frith boasts the remains of an iron-age hill-fort as well as some excellent climbs of historic value.  Whether you plan to fight your way up The Niche (S), dance barefoot across The Scoop (HVS) or enjoy the classic well-positioned gem of Nozag (VS) there is a classic for everyone at every grade.  I will be there from about 10.30 and should not be difficult to spot.

Walking meet preview

The Walk on Sunday prior to the President's Hot-pot and Photography Competition will be led by Keith Williams.  Meet in Glossop at 09.45 for departure at 10.00 then go up to Bleaklow Head via Doctors Gate, descending by Yellowslacks, say.

Keith suggests that parking should be OK by the mill in Shepley St. (SK 044 948) which is approached by turning left off the Snake road into Manor Park Road then right into Shepley St.


Andy Stratford

Go for it man! (Roger Dyke)
Andy finishing The Scoop. Yes thats the only gear. (Roger Dyke)
Which crack? (Roger Dyke)
Bridge! (Roger Dyke)
Are you sure it goes up here? (Roger Dyke)
I'll be with you in a mo! (Roger Dyke)
Is that gear going to hold? (Roger Dyke)
No one could pick up the phone. (Oi Ding Koy)
He's busy too. (Oi Ding Koy)
Can't climb. Too sunny. (Oi Ding Koy)
Last route of the day.... (Roger Dyke)
Colin at Castle Naze (Dave Shotton)

Mountain Action
First Place - Steve & Bob on The Ben (Colin Maddison)
Second Place - Swing It - Colin on Snus-i-Tide WI4, Hemsedal, Norway (Andy Stratford)
Third Place - Windy day on Bhein Dearg, Glencoe (Sean Kelly)
Highly commmended - Craig in Norway (Colin Maddison)
Highly Commended - Summit of Langentaler Weisenkogl 3217m (Mark Pilling)

Mountain Landscape
First Place - Castel-y-Gwynt Panorama (Sean Kelly)
Second Place - Derwent Water from Catbells (Paul Evans)
Third Place - Close encounters of the fourth kind, Jebel Saghro, Morocco (Andy Stratford)
Highly Commended - Gardena Pass (Philip Hartwell)
Highly Commended - Mark on Lliwedd summit on the final leg of the Snowdon Double Horseshoe (Andy Stratford)

Rock Action
First Place - Helen on Z Crack, Cowsmouth Quarry (Paul Evans)
Second Place - Chin hook top out (Duncan Lee)
Third Place - Deep Water Solo, Berry Head (Sean Kelly)
Highly commended - Demo Route, Sennen - Sean Kelly (Sean Kelly)
Highly commended - Gareth on Daytona Wall E5 6a, Cowsmouth Quarry, Paul Evans (Paul Evans)
Highly commended - Vicky off Pocklington lane - Duncan Lee (Duncan Lee)

Human Interest
First Place - Jim Symon (needs no caption!) (Paul Evans)
Second Place - Smile Please - The Moroccan Dentist (Jo Stratford)
Third Place - Local Wildlife, Zell am see, Austria (Mark Garrod)
Highly Commended - Man vs Uberburger (Mark Pilling)

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