PHOTOS: Kinder Downfall...No You Can't!

by Michael Ryan Jan/2011
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Dark and White, 11 kb

It was the Dark and White RAB Mini-Mountain Marathon today, held out of Hayfield on Kinder in the Peak District. The objective of the game is to visit as many controls in 3 hours.

Results will be up soon on the Dark and White website. www.darkandwhite.co.uk

Once the race has finished someone or some people have to trog over the moors and gather up all the controls, flags, stakes and those little devices that you put your dibber into!

There were four volunteers: Simon Patton (brother of one of the Dark and White organisers, Rich Patton), Andy Barnett, Greg Rimmer and myself.

RAB, 10 kb

After a night of a little too much food and drink in the company of Mark Radtke, Dave Barton and friends, Greg and myself high-tailed it from Skipton to join Simon and Andy at the Hayfield Scout Group Hut and we set off up Sir William Clough and on to Kinder. Not content with gathering up the controls we also made a visit to a Dark Peak Fell Running Club Ammo Box hidden at Fairbrook Naze to record our names and eat chocolate.

OK, OK. I've also included some photographs of Kinder Downfall. And No! You Can't!

Traversing western slopes of Kinder looking at Kinder Low End, South Head and Mount Famine., 204 kbTraversing western slopes of Kinder looking at Kinder Low End, South Head and Mount Famine.
© Mick Ryan

Simon Patton, Greg Rimmer and Andy Barnett at the Downfall (close up pic of the Downfall lower down this article), 205 kbSimon Patton, Greg Rimmer and Andy Barnett at the Downfall (close up pic of the Downfall lower down this article)
© Mick Ryan

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Running across the Kinder plateau to Fairbrook Naze
© Mick Ryan

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At Fairbrook Naze looking for a Dark Peak Ammo Box (Geo-caching in modern parlance)
© Mick Ryan

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Gavin Williams, Dark Peak Membership Sec, out solo
© Mick Ryan

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Simon Patton searching for the Ammo Box - it has chocolates in it!
© Mick Ryan

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Found it. Sign your name, eat chocolates and leave something. Now to gather up more...

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Back to Kinder Downfall.

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Follow the groughs.

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Kinder Downfall....No You Can't!!!!
© Mick Ryan

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Kinder Downfall..from a distance
© Mick Ryan

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