Win­ning shot of Ben Ne­vis was an ice ‘pick­ture’

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - SEAN WOOD

IN days gone by, I of­ten con­trib­uted to out­door mag­a­zines, such as Climber & Ram­bler, and I also slogged up and down moun­tains in search of wildlife, the two went to­gether like peaches and cream.

I walked, took pic­tures and then wrote about the ad­ven­ture. Th­ese days I’m not out on the hill as much as I should be, (that was three stone ago) but am ob­vi­ously do­ing the same thing with­out the climb­ing, and I still keep an in­ter­ested eye on some of the mag­a­zines, and have to say that the over­all stan­dard of pho­tog­ra­phy has moved on a long way, and amaz­ingly some of the win­ners in a re­cent com­pe­ti­tion in Trail Mag­a­zine were taken with mobile phones. The over­all win­ner, an im­age of Ben Ne­vis, Bri­tain’s high­est moun­tain, was taken by am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher Paul Brett, who shortly af­ter he had taken the pic­ture, used an ice-axe to stop him­self fall­ing off the peak.

Paul re­mem­bers: “It was a per­fect spring day with no wind. Af­ter crest­ing the sum­mit of Carn Dearg Mead­honach we were re­warded with an amaz­ing view. My friend was al­ready head­ing up Carn Mor Dearg, which re­ally helped give an amaz­ing sense of scale to the scene. I had to use the pick of my ice axe to stop my­self slid­ing down the moun­tain on the push to the sum­mit of Ben Ne­vis, which was very scary at the time – but it was good to know I had the knowl­edge to do what was needed.”

Kick­ing off in May 2015, the ini­tial com­pe­ti­tion en­tries were whit­tled down to a fi­nal short­list of 22 by a panel of ex­pert judges, in­clud­ing record-break­ing moun­taineer Alan Hinkes and renowned land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher Colin Prior.

Trail editor Si­mon In­gram said: “Paul’s shot is a mo­ment cap­tured right in the rafters of Bri­tain, and it clearly struck a loud chord. We had such a broad spec­trum of en­tries – from tech­ni­cally stun­ning images to mobile phone snaps – and all kinds made the short­list.”

The top 10 pho­to­graphs in the com­pe­ti­tion, as voted by Trail read­ers and users of www. live­forthe­out­, were taken in the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions, and I’m pleased to say I’ve been to them all. ●● 1. Ben Ne­vis, Scot­tish High­lands, by Paul Brett ●● 2. Blen­cathra, Lake Dis­trict, by Ian Alling­ton ●● 3. Gly­der Fawr, Snow­do­nia, by Justin van Marle ●● 4. Try­fan, Snow­do­nia, by Greg Whit­ton ●● 5. Snow­don, Snow­do­nia, by Dave Atkin­son ●● 6. Corn Du, Bre­con Bea­cons, by Grant Hy­att ●● 7. The Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye, by Adrian Tren­dell ●● 8. Wild camp­ing on Dart­moor by Daniel Groves ●● 9. Gly­der Fawr, Snow­do­nia, by Robin Shaw ●● 10. The Isle of Skye by Adrian Tren­dell

If any reader has a han­ker­ing for the moun­tain, Trail mag­a­zine and the Bri­tish Moun­taineer­ing Coun­cil, have pro­duced a se­ries of nine short videos look­ing at the most iconic and pop­u­lar chal­lenges for walk­ers and scram­blers in the hills and moun­tains of Great Bri­tain.

Whether you’re a new­comer look­ing to take your first steps on Helvel­lyn’s Strid­ing Edge, a con­fi­dent moun­tain trekker won­der­ing what Try­fan and Bristly Ridge have to of­fer, or a con­fi­dent scram­bler look­ing to take things to the next level on the mighty Aonach Ea­gach, th­ese videos are for you.

The Laugh­ing Badger Gallery, 99 Platt Street, Pad­field, Glos­sop

●● Paul Brett’s prize-win­ning pic­ture taken from the sum­mit of Ben Ne­vis

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