2017 NMC Awards
Reach for the Stars-Altitude Award:
1st– Dorian and Maria reached 5,416m at the Throng La Pass whilst on the Annapurna Circuit.
2nd – Simon ascended up an unnamed pass between Ghuma Thanti and Bharche Khola, Mustang (south east of Lo Manthang) in Nepal, 5230m
Gordon Ramsay Award
Marion: for cooking a great lamb meal on the Brecons trip in January
Maria: for her chilli in the Kings Hostel in Wales.
Mark Conway: for culinary excellence using up all the left overs on the last night in Scotland on the Easter trip.
Winner -Gary: for cooking so many great things last year including cakes, apple crumble, vegetable curry, amongst other things. And he hasn’t stopped in 2018!
There are only two official nominations but one other incident deserves a mention!
Maria. It’s not official because it didn’t occur on a NMC trip. However it’s not every year that someone is helicoptered of the mountain after tripping and breaking her ankle on a fairly easy path.
- Dorian: On Saturday 15 of us set off to walk up Cadair Idris confidently following our ML. Dorian. However after about 10min into the walk we found ourselves in a field with no evidence that this was the correct route except to a farm. So we back tracked and with the help of a few others we found the route and went ahead as planned. Yes we all make mistakes even ML’s!
- The other little incident occurred when Gary was driving his car and was trying to park at Hawse End YH in the Lakes trip last December. He parked in one place but as we were one of the first to arrive a voice in the back seat said that it would be better to move the car up so there was more space left for others. So Gary obediently did as he was asked but he reserved the car with the person in the back saying it was OK, to go back a bit more. Until there was a bang he’d reversed into the back of a canoe trailer causing a dent in the car. The voice in the back was Maggie
Boy Scout/Girl Guide Award
Although not on a NMC trip Dorian deserves a mention for administering 1st Aid on the mountain, deploying shelter and calling Mountain Rescue when Maria broke her ankle and was rescued by a helicopter.
No Fixed Abode-or person who has been on the most trips.
There were a total of 11 trips last year.
1st place: Alan -9 trips
2nd place: Maggie & Claire – 8 trips
3rd place: Andy M & Dave went on 5 trips
Scotland Easter trip to the Cairngorms organised by Claire/Alan. 12 of us stayed in two quirky cottages near Nethybridge. There were good walks, food and of course plus a great outdoor hot tub which was appreciated after a day in the mountains.
Cadair Idris: organised by Dorian in September when 17 of us stayed at the Kings Youth Hostel. On Saturday we walked up to Cader Idris summit and were rewarded with great views. We then enjoyed a great meal cooked by Maria.
Dolomites in September. This trip was organised for us by Colletts and coordinated by Claire. It was a great trip with stunning scenery, snow and fabulous walks.
Gower: organised by Marion. A great trip with 16 people attending. There were long walks across the sands, an early rise for some who walked across to Worms Head before full tide. Plus great food.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks: organised by Dave. All completed the route
Lake District: organised by Maggie in December, staying at Hawes End YHA.
Winners: Claire & Alan –Easter trip to Cairngorms in Scotland
Mountain Club Achievement:
Andy M: for personal progress with his navigating in the Cairngorm trip.
Dorian & Maria: for completing the Annapurna circuit, luckily before Maria broke her leg
Alan & Claire: Walking across Scotland for the second time on the Great Outdoor Walk. In total 200 miles which is planned individually by the people doing the walk.
Alan & Claire: Completing the Fjall Raven classic (100miles) in Sweden.
Winners: Alan and Claire