The Angry Corrie 5: Jan-Feb 1992
In days gone by...
27th January 1837: Scotland's last indigenous anaconda killed in Glen Esk, by a stalking party including the Prince Regent.
30th January 1883: Tom Weir born.
7th February 1666: Joint Chinese-Cossack expedition claim first ascent of Changabang, putting seven men and two women on summit some 310 years ahead of Boardman and Tasker. Validity of ascent cast in some doubt, however, due to 1982 discovery of photograph purporting to show summiteers equipped with oxygen bottles.
19th February 1922: Giant meteorite strikes Daisycup Hill in Chilterns, dislodging 400ft summit pinnacle and thus elevating Sgurr Dearg in Coolins to status of Britain's most technically difficult peak.
20th February 1882: Sir Hugh Munro, Bart., climbs Stob Coire Sgriodain, the 150th peak in his eponymous Tables, in atrocious conditions. On returning to his Kirriemuir fireside, he is reputed to have exclaimed: "Well bugger me the blunt end of a ragman's trumpet! The sooner I get these bastard hills finished the better!"