The Angry Corrie 20: Oct-Dec 1994


Readers will recall TAC's discovery of two new Donalds in TAC19 (soon - and unprecedently - to be networked to a wider public through the pages of our glossy rival, TGO!). Now comes clarification of one of the most abiding and annoying hill dilemmas. For donkeys, the SMC Tables have insisted on including both Corrieyairack Hill and Gairbeinn as Corbetts, simply because both these neighbouring hills were mapped as 896m, even though their mutual drop is nothing like the requisite 150-odd metres. Now the diligent Alan Blanco has unearthed a new OS 1:10000 sheet showing Corrieyairack Hill down to 892m, leaving Gairbeinn as the undisputed Corbett. With Beinn Talaidh on Mull also down, to 761m, all this makes the current Corbett total 219.

TAC13-15 included much mention of the so-called Sic Munroist, an Aberdonian who spends his weekends and holidays climbing Sir Shug's list in reverse order of height. At that stage, he had just climbed Carn a'Chlamain, no.90 of the 277 upside-downers. Now, thanks are due to Dave Purser, who encountered the Sic Boy (as Irvine Welsh would doubtless call him) in July, on Broad Cairn - the halfway point. The following weekend would bring the Fannaich neighbours A'Chailleach and Sgurr Breac - but with a jaunt north to Sgurr Choinnich between!

Also peakbagging like mad this summer was Martin Prouse, a 22-year-old furniture designer from Leighton Buzzard who has just completed the second traverse of the Highland section of Scotland's main east/west watershed. Your TAC editor, who made the first traverse back in 1987, sends heartfelt congratulations: a repeat has been a long time coming. And a thought: if Leighton Buzzard gets any bigger, should it be called Leighton Eagle?

And a final harking back, to TAC19's Art Special. Whilst watching the umpteenth TV repeat of Play it Again Sam recently, it was noted that during the art gallery conversation between Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, a certain Dutch painter was referred to as Van Go. Hence the famous painting on p16 of this issue would appear to be of a tent.

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