The Angry Corrie 10: Dec 1992-Jan 1993

Knowing your Munros... inside and out

History is littered with famous father and son combinations: Kingsley and Martin Amis, Jesse and Michael Jackson, Bamber and Paul Gascoigne. Thus it was only a matter of time before TAC was in a position of seeing both a pater and a fils make good. Hence, while in TAC9 Graham Pearson wittered on about various Munro-type things, now it's the turn of the family bodach, Rob Pearson:

OK, TAC readers, so how much do you REALLY know about the Munros?

As you pore over your maps through the long winter nights in search of new Munros to conquer, most of you will know that there's no point looking any further north than Ben Hope (with due deference to Foinaven's claims). Neither are there any Munros further south than good old Ben Lomond, or further east or west than Mount Keen or Sgurr na Banachdich. These four mark the limits of the known Munro world.

So much for the extremities... but what about the MIDDLE?

Let's assume there are 277 Munros (apologies again to Foinaven). Did you realise, as you sat munching your cheese sandwich atop Beinn Teallach, that there were EXACTLY the same number of sibling Munros (ie 138) to the north AND to the south?

It follows that there should be a similar median Munro in the east-west stakes. A bit tricky this time. Beinn a'Chleibh and Meall a'Bhuiridh are both credited with exactly the same longitude in Munro's Tables, but my vote goes to Meal a'Bhuiridh by the thickness of a contour line.

It's a strange and somewhat disappointing fact, is it not, that no one Munro can lay claim to both medianships? No symmetry of Nature here! (Is this a clue that there are other, as yet undiscovered Munros hiding in the Highlands?) It would seem that the true hub of the hills, the epicentre of the Munro world, lies a little to the north of Spean Bridge on the shoulder of modest Coire Ceirsle Hill (654m). There, at grid ref. NN 251859, you can contemplate the fact that there are exactly the same number of Munros to the north, south, east AND west!

Now, I wonder what other strange secrets lie in the Munros? (Various of Murdo's cast-off underpants for a start - Ed.)

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