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Tryfan faces height test

Posted 21 June 2010
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Tryfan faces height test
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On of Snowdonia's most famous mountains is facing its day of reckoning as a new survey using the most sophisticated measuring equipment available is set to establish how high it is, something that could re-write Ordnance Survey maps of the area.

The mountain is currently listed as being 3,002 ft (915 m), but amateur experts John Barnard, Graham Jackson and Myrddyn Phillips are heading up this week to find out if the peak really does exceed the magical 3,000 mark, Grough reports.

Last year the trio carried out measurements on several Scottish mountains on behalf of the Munro Society and as a result Sgurr nan Ceannaichean - which like Tryfan was listed at 3,002 ft - lost its Munro status when it was found to be only 2,997 ft.

Should Tryfan suffer a similar fate, it will have to be removed from the Snowdonia 3,000 challenge, which presently includes 15 peaks in three adjacent mountain massifs stretching from Snowdon at the southern end to Foel Fras at the northern end of the Carneddau ridge.

One mountain to confirm its Munro status was Beinn Teallach, which was just 20 cm over the threshold, at 3,000.6 ft.

Posted by Elaine Arthur