2016 Photo Competition

Here are the photos from the 2016 photo competition.

Julian Prieto and Trace Sutton drew on 3rd place.
Malcolm Max Streeton came in 2nd place.
Alan Blanchflower’s amazing photo won by a comfortable margin.
I don’t think we’ll have as many photos from Peru next year!

Here’s the full list of entries:

Paul Rigg
This shot of Suilven (the best “not a Munro” in Scotland) was taken 15 minutes before sunset this summer. Only me present; except for a zillion midges!

Jodi Longyear
This is my photo – black hole. It’s either atmospheric or shit – let the people decide.

Matt Burrows
This is Abigail Marchent on Tai Chi 6b on Olta in the Costa Blanca. It overlooks Penon and Calpe where we stayed for the week. Its not the most original photo, being the route on the front cover of the rockfax guide book for the area but the situation is stunning. We all climbed the route in the sun and suffered for it. Abi as ever was the strongest despite illness. Hopefully the swifts come out well in the print as they were performing aerobatics throughout the day and feature in a lot of great photos.

Michelle Byrne
Jodi and I did the the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Carrauntoohil horseshoe scrambles, during the Easter break of 2016, we were lucky with the fine weather, a bit wintery but clear. Very beautiful and rewarding hikes, with sections of nice scrambling.

Alan Blanchflower
Tom climbing up to Quitaraju col camp, Peru

Tom Starks
Alan on the glacier below Chinchey, Peru

Max Streeton
From the WMC Peru expedition. Looking up at summit of  Chopicalqui (6345m). DAJ and Frodo in the foreground.

Tracey Sutton
After a 2day walk-in and a night at advanced base camp (5000m) on the glacier below, Max, Frodo, DAJ (in photo) and I woke at 12:30am and began our ascent to climb Artesonaraju (6025m). On the way up we paused for a moment to take in the beautiful sunrise and the views of Piramide, Chararaju and Pisco to the east (left). It was this view, these surroundings and my climbing partners on the route that made this one of the best mountain experiences I’ve ever had.

Zoe Allen
My husband Ben approaching Stob Coire Easain during the winter meet in February, our first winter mountaineering experience.
Dave had suggested the route wouldn’t take long so we didn’t start until after 9, we had reached what we though was the final summit at 2 before we realised this one lay ahead and it was a long walk out. As the cloud come in the ‘fast group’ had to wait for us on the summit; it was a long but interesting day!

Julian Prieto
Ben Nevis, April 2016.  Slogging up to the Orion Face on Ben Nevis with Ian Clifford. Our ascent of the classic Orion Face Direct (V,5) turned into a bit of an epic due to a late start (drove up the previous night) and a lot of fresh snow. We climbed the last 2 pitches in the dark and arrived at Ben Nevis summit at midnight.

Henry Larden
Anna Larden walking up High Pike (start of the Fairfield Horseshoe), March 2016.  Low Pike is in the behind, Scandale Beck is on the left and Ambleside is lost underneath the cloud inversion.  We’d attempted the Horseshoe back in January (in the opposite direction), but a combination of ice, deep snow and an approaching blizzard stopped us at Great Rigg.  This time we still encountered snow on the higher peaks, but the conditions were much more favourable – which was a relief as we were on our honeymoon!

Anna Larden
Lake District natives fuelling up for a life on the hills.

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