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wicklore
2011-11-12 23:49:14
"Hill or Mountain? (Corcogemore on right)" from wicklore Contract pics
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The highest hill in Ireland...
...Or the smallest mountain in the land?

A mountain is a summit of 2000 feet or higher. This translates as 609.6 metres. A hill therefore is anything of 1999.9 feet or below, which translates as 609.5 metres. The difference of 100 centimetres is what separates hills from mountains.

So how does this fit in to an Irish context? Well we have only one 'stuck in the middle' summit. It is Corcogemore in the Maamturks. At 609 metres it is our only hill/mountain. Unless someone can accurately measure it to within 100 centimetres, we will never truly know which category - hill or mountain it belongs to. We of course classify it as a mountain and those who have climbed it will agree it is very worthy of the title. But it must be lonely being the only summit in Ireland sitting squarely in that ambiguous place measuring only a few centimetres high that separates hills from mountains. (oh I can hear the baying hordes sharpening their typewriters!)
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