SMC Skye Guidebook Photo Winners plus VIDEO

The Scottish Mountaineering Club's Skye guidebook is nearing completion and over the last two months the SMC in conjunction with, ran a competition for photographs for this guidebook.

126 photographs were submitted. The prizes? Photographs used will be paid at £25 each or £50 for a front cover shot. Four copies of the book will be given to the best entries as voted on by readers of UKC, whether they are used or not.

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Mike Lates, one of the authors of the new SMC Skye guidebook, announces the winners.

Many thanks to everyone who entered or voted in the competition. Many entrants, not just the winners, will be contacted via UKC by the SMC in the next few weeks to see if their photos can be used or catalogued by the club.

We were very unfortunate with conditions in May with cold temperatures and too many wet days but dry conditions have prevailed throughout June with far more action going on (SEE VIDEO).

The SMC would still be grateful for any action photos that climbers manage to take over the coming weeks. Do not send photos but please contact Grahame Nicoll ( for details of the format in which images should be sent. Any opinions or changes to route descriptions that you have discovered can be sent to Mike Lates ( .

Here's my winners with some qualifying comments.

'Halcyon Days' from Charlie Hill - a unanimous winner that may have pushed the boundaries of an "action shot" but please don't photoshop in any 'action' on the same theme! Charlie's shots of the Chasm and 'Starting Skyeman' were inspiring to the lovers of fine rock scenery.

'Vertigo on the TD Gap' from Dan Arkle - a very high quality action shot that captures a whole load of different aspects of this famous part of the Cuillin. Thank you Dan.

Halcyon Days, 132 kb
Halcyon Days
© Charlie wp Hill, Apr 2008
Vertigo on the TD Gap, 235 kb
Vertigo on the TD Gap
© Dan Arkle

'Cioch Grooves' from Chris Craggs - Chris's shot 'As An Arrow' was voted for by more people but 'Cioch Grooves' is a classic "space beneath the feet" shot. The Yard-arm rock was a famous landmark on Cioch Direct and Cioch Grooves until it's demise in 2003.

'Northern Cuillin' from Wee Jamie - Sadly there weren't more action shots from Jamie. The Cuillin are frequently gob-smacking in winter and his superb collection certainly gives a good taste of this.

Cioch Grooves HVS Skye, 163 kb
Cioch Grooves HVS Skye
© Chris Craggs
Northern Cuillin, 132 kb
Northern Cuillin
© wee jamie, Feb 2009

There were some other superb entries of which the following deserve particular mention-
'Arjun on Pinnacle Ridge' from Megha Mistry
'Mike on Direct Route' from Garbh Coire
'Sron na Ciche. Climbers on Arrow Route and Integrity' from Mehmet Karatay
'Insanity' from Michael Stirling-Aird
'Looking at Cioch from Shangri La' from Fi Chappell
'Clare on the ridge to In Pinn' from Alexis Gilbert

Arjun on Pinnacle Ridge in a "light dusting of snow", 158 kb
Arjun on Pinnacle Ridge in a "light dusting of snow"
© Megha Mistry, Mar 2008
Mike on the 'Direct Route' - Eastern Buttress, 71 kb
Mike on the 'Direct Route' - Eastern Buttress
© Garbh Coire, Jun 2008
Sron na Ciche. Climbers on Arrow Route and Integrity, 221 kb
Sron na Ciche. Climbers on Arrow Route and Integrity
© Mehmet Karatay, May 2008
© Michael Stirling-Aird, Jul 2007
Looking across to climbers on the Cioch from Shangri La, 130 kb
Looking across to climbers on the Cioch from Shangri La
© Fi Chappell, May 2009
Clare on the ridge to In Pin, 65 kb
Clare on the ridge to In Pin
© Alexis Gilbert, Apr 2007

A photographic response to Halcyon Days

Dave 'Naked Dave' Thornley on the Cioch, Skye
© Mick Ryan -

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