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simon3
2011-02-04 21:47:47
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Abney in use. (Expand pics)
jackill checking height.
One of the little problems you have when on a summit without any obvious top, is finding what point is highest. It's such a simple problem, but take a group of people and ask them where they think the top of a flattish top is and you'll get a variety of answers, often dozens or even hundreds of metres apart.
One Sir William de Wiveleslie Abney, fine Victorian military gentleman that he was, invented a simple contraption with tube, magnifying sight and spirit level and it does the job accurately and quickly and low-tech.
UK list creators have been using these for some years to establish the tops of places and recently jackill, MountainViews Geography and Projects Officer has acquired one, seen in action near the trig pillar on Mount Hillary in the Boggeraghs. In this case it was more a demonstration than anything. One example of a place where it really would be useful is Tievenabinnia East Top in the Sheefrys where there's any number of likely outcrops that could be highest.

If you are interested in helping in establishing the geography of the hills, let us know at group@mountainviews.ie
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