The Angry Corrie 17: Feb-Mar 1994
TAC Christmas Quiz - the answers!
1. If a "map top" is the highest point on any OS 1:50 000 map, which seven Scottish hills are double map tops?
A bad start for the question setters this, as there are actually eight, not seven, double map tops: Ronas Hill, Shetland (1/3), Ward Hill, Orkney (6/7), Clisham, Harris (13/14), Ben Macdui (36/43), Ben More, Mull (47/48), Beinn an Oir, Jura (60/61), Scald Law (65/66), Goat Fell, Arran (62/69). 75% of these are on islands. Ronas Hill (the one we forgot) comes very close to being a triple map top, a mere two-and-a-half grid squares separating it from Sheet 2.
2. Which is the lowest Scottish map top?
Easy one this, most folk got it: Carnan Mor, 141m on Tiree, Sheet 46.
3. What connects The Bochel near Tomintoul with Cruim Leacainn near Fort William?
Near impossible question, although two folk cleverly guessed a connection with the Thieves' Road. It was pointed out that nothing physically connects the two summits (unlike the twin peaks of Kilimanjaro, which have a bridge between them), while Gavin Smith argued they both were in a cryptic quiz question. But nobody got that they are the only two "new" Scottish Marilyns discovered by Alan Dawson since the publication of his Relative Hills book. These boost the Scottish total from 1211 to 1213. Fancy not knowing that!
4. Which is the only Munro to appear on three separate 1:50 000 maps?
Easy again: Schiehallion, on Sheets 42, 51 and 52. Only two other groups of Munros come close: western Feshie (Sheets 35, 36 and 43), and the Crianlarich group (50, 51, 56). But none of these actually have any of their summits on more than two sheets. A good non-Munro which does, however, is Mor Bheinn, 640m on Sheets 51, 52 and 57.
5. Give gridrefs for Scottish hills containing the names Fiona, Dave, Sean, Ron, Roy, Ian, William, Len, Val, Vic.
Several names were trivial, being commonly found: Ron, Ian, Len and Val. Fiona, a weel-kent Munro, was also easily located; contestants tended to opt for the easy Seana Bhraigh rather than the tidier Sean Mheall (an outlier of Sron a'Choire Ghairbh above Loch Lochy); there was a tendency to cheat with Leum Uilleim for William; and most folk rather surprisingly dug up the fact that a rarely-climbed top in the moorish regions of Skye goes by the name of Cruachan-Glen Vic Askill. No-one, however, located your editor's eponymous hill - the midway bump on the Ledi-Vane traverse. The nearest anyone got was Dundavie, above Daviot. Anyway, here is a sample list:
(i) Sgurr Fiona OS 19 - NH064837
Ardnandave Hill is also the only peak anywhere in the world to feature a member of Slade.
This question allowed one competitor to make good use of the fabled Liverpool University database - which churned out 20 Rons and 37 Vals - but no Daves. The editor would be interested in hearing from anyone who knows of a Brian on a Scottish map. He once saw this for himself, but neglected to make a note and so promptly forgot it!
6. Which is the most northerly Scottish hill to carry an indicator marked with an English hill?
Momentarily putting on hold the fact that there are no English hills, The Cheviot is given as 104 miles or 167k distant from the top of Lochnagar. That it can be seen has been verified both by research on the ground, and by some clever software recently acquired by TAC. This indicates that on a planet with radius 6378k (eg the Earth), an 815m hill is theoretically visible from an 1155m one at 223k. More on this in a future TAC.
7. Let X equal the sum of the digits of the height of a hill in metres, and let Y equal the sum of the digits of the height of a hill in feet, and let Z = X + Y. Which Scottish hill has a Z of 50?
You must be a numerate bunch, as most folk correctly identified this as Aonach Buidhe (899m, 2949ft). Prospect (see pp4,5) points out that AB is an island peak! Great Gable in the Pond District also mysteriously makes it to 50. But whilst Everest only gives a Z of 49, Buidhe and Gable are not necessarily the world's highest mountains. Sacred Himalayan giant Kangchenjunga pans out at 8586m or 28169ft. Hence its X + Y = 27 + 26 = 53. An alliance of Scottish Nationalists and Cumberland Sausage manufacturers is querying these figures however.
8. Why has a Venezuelan violinmaker been in the mountaineering news recently?
Ramon Blanco, variously stated to be aged 60 or 61, became the oldest man to stand atop Everest. His relationship to our own Alan Blanco remains unclear.
9. According to current graffiti on its roadsigns, which Perthshire village is "Twinned with Trumpton"?
No-one got this! Braco is the answer - also the only Perthshire village to be an anagram of a snake. If it was Braco Spa, it would be two snakes.
The winners: Out of a possible 25 points, two readers scored an excellent 19 - Brenda Lowndes of Formby, Merseyside, and Richard Webb of Wolverhampton. They share a first prize of various TAC goodies. Well done! More next year!