Tuesday 25 April 2017

Mountain 'is not Munro height'

Scotland could have one fewer Munro mountain after new measurements
Scotland could have one fewer Munro mountain after new measurements

Scotland could have one less Munro after new measurements were made by hillwalking experts.

A mountain over 914.4m can be classified as a Munro, while one between 762m and 914.4m is called a Corbett.

The Munro Society measured peaks in the Fisherfield area, between Loch Maree and Loch Broom in the Highlands. Organisers looked at Ruadh Stac Mor, Beinn a' Chlaidheimh and Beinn Dearg Mor.

Beinn a' Chlaidheimh may now lose its Munro status because it was found to be 913.96m in height instead of the 916m recorded by Ordnance Survey.

The society said any reclassification decision rests with the Scottish Mountaineering Club which issues the tables listing Scotland's Munros.

A statement regarding Beinn a' Chlaidheimh, released by the club, said: "The Scottish Mountaineering Club has been notified of these survey results and has undertaken to consider the implications for Munros and Corbetts tables when the Ordnance Survey updates its map of the area."

The Munro Society said Ruadh Stac Mor and Beinn Dearg Mor should remain a Munro and a Corbett respectively.

Ruadh Stac Mor was measured to be almost exactly the height previously recorded, 918m, and Beinn Dearg Mor was measured at 906.28m, under the previous height of 910m.

A spokesperson from the Munro Society said: "In measuring the heights of mountains just below and just above 3,000ft (914.4m), we believe we are following in the tradition of accurate measurement established by Sir Hugh Munro who first produced the Munros Tables in 1891.

"Munro and his friends relied on aneroid barometers, the technology of the time. In 2011 we use satellite technology to achieve yet greater accuracy but we seek the same objective. Munro never set down complete criteria for Munro status before his death in 1919 but it has always been accepted that 3,000ft (914.4m) was the primary requirement."

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