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Mountain faces height check

Posted 16 March 2010
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One of Snowdonia's most visually striking mountains is to be examined to see if it really is over 3,000 ft in height.

Tryfan, which is currently listed as being 915 m (3,002 ft) high, is to be re-surveyed using the most advanced technology available by the same experts who recently had a Scottish mountain previously listed at the same height stripped of Munro status.

In September, the Munro Society revealed that Sgurr nan Ceanneachan was in fact only 2,997 ft and a new survey of Tryfan could end up with the peak suffering the same fate.

Thousands of people grab their walking equipment and head up Tryfan every year, partly because of its scrambling challenges and also as part of the quest to climb all the peaks over 3,000 ft in Wales, something that could be about to change if it is found to be lower.

The announcement that Sgurr nan Ceanneachain was losing its tag came alongside findings that Beinn Teallach (3,001 ft) and Ben Vane (3,004 ft) retained Munro status.

In 2007, a similar study found that neither Foinaven or Beinn Dearg - both of which had been listed by Ordnance Survey at 2,999 ft - were not Munros.

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