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weedavie
2009-11-03 13:31:11
"Hail of ladybirds" from weedavie Contract pics
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Altus, altior, altissimus
County high-points are odd beasts. They shouldn't mean much in Scotland where we went with regions 40 years ago. However there are idiot lines that every guide book repeats. For instance, they can't write about Bidean nan Bian without saying "the highest mountain in Argyllshire." (Equally Carn Eige is always "the highest mountain in Scotland, north of the Great Glen".) I expect Irish cliches include the Reek, "Ireland's holy mountain" or the Mournes "Kerry for the teeny wees."

What complicates the issue has been referred to already in MV. Do you disallow shared highest points? This year I've been on Creag Mhor "the highest point entirely within the county of Banff" as the SMC's Corbett book describes it. It's an insignificant 895 metres, dwarfed by its near neigbours Cairngorm and Ben Macdui, 1245 and 1309 metres respectively. They tower above it but are shared with Inverness. I don't know if this means you've got to divide the metres by two.

I found another odd exception case in Spain this year. I was on Torrecilla," the highest peak in Western Andalusia." This is the highest peak in Malaga at 1919 metres not the highest point which is a slope, I think of La Maroma. This reaches 2000 metres before it slips over the border to its summit in Granada province. Torrecilla is a fine hill in some ways like a sun-baked Cairngorm. I was a bit worried the night before because I'd not brought a compass with me though I had sourced a superb map. I'd tut at this sort of behaviour on Mweelrea. In the end the weather stayed fine and our only problem was the hail of ladybirds which drove us off the peak. Not as bad as midges when you come down to it.
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