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SMC 'could carry out own mountain measurement'

Posted 1 September 2011
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SMC 'could carry out own mountain measurement'
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The apparent reluctance of the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) to accept the recent survey showing Beinn a'Chlaidheimh to be below 3,000 ft and therefore not a Munro could be tackled if they carried out their own survey, an expert has suggested.

Beinn a'Chlaidheimh was found to be 2,998.5 ft in a survey using GPS-based equipment by Munro Society members and the membership development officer for the Mountaineering Council of Scotland Mike Dales said the SMC has the "option of testing it themselves".

He said the only alternative is to accept the reading as accurate and adjust the Munro tables - which the SMC is in charge of - when the new height shows up on future Ordnance Survey maps.

The current Munro count is 283 after this was reduced by one following a survey last year by the same members - Graham Jackson and John Barnard of G&J Surveys along with colleague Myddryn Phillips - that saw Sgurr nan Ceannaichean demoted.

On that occasion, the SMC accepted the findings, with the system used by G&J Surveys being regarded as accurate by Ordnance Survey.