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Mountaineering body membership 'a great Christmas gift'

Posted 7 October 2011
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Mountaineering body membership 'a great Christmas gift'
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The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has suggested that a year's membership is a great Christmas gift to the loved one who likes to go walking.

It is offering a promotion that includes a free gift when this is purchased as a festive present, including maps, a compass or a DVD on hillwalking.

And it stated membership of the body comes with a card providing a variety of discounts.

The organisation acts as a lobby group for mountain climbers, walkers and skiers, as well as dealing with issues of conservation and mountaineering safety.

Scotland's mountains add up to no less than 728 peaks when the three main categories of peak - the Munros (peaks over 3,000 ft) Corbetts (those between 2,500 and 2,999 ft) and Grahams (2,000-2,499 ft) are added together.

There are presently 283 Munros, 221 Corbetts and 224 Grahams, although these numbers are set to change in June 2012, when Ordnance Survey updates its maps and confirms the demotion of Bienn a' Chlaidheimh from Munro to Corbett status.

A recent Munro Society survey showed it to be only 2,998.5 ft high, rather than the previously stated 3,005 ft.