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Hills database celebrates decade

Posted 13 September 2011
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Hills database celebrates decade
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A database many who go walking may use to help tick off their ascents of various hills and mountains is ten years old today (September 13th).

Grough Magazine noted the special date with a feature on the Database of British Hills, which includes lists such as the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, Wainwrights, Marilyns and many others besides.

Speaking to the news provider, hill statistician Graham Jackson said: "At that time many lists of hills were available on the web, but nowhere were these combined into a single downloadable database."

Now, he explained, they are all brought together on a database that enables people to log peaks climbed that may be in more than one category, with over 5,600 peaks spread over 30 lists in total.

These vary from the highest Munro (Ben Nevis at 4,406 ft) to the highest point in the city of Kingston-upon-Hull on the counties and unitary authorities list - shared by two points both a mere 11 metres above sea level.

Two of the men behind the site - Graham Jackson and John Barnard - were involved in a recent GPS that revealed Beinn a'Chlaidheimh to be 1.5 ft too low to retain Munros status.