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The Archies bring sum­mit bag­ging into the 21st cen­tury with met­ric mea­sures

The Scots Magazine - - Wild About Scotland - By FIONA RUS­SELL

WHEN Sir Hugh Munro cre­ated his list of Scot­land’s tallest moun­tains, he mea­sured the heights in feet and inches. The smaller Cor­betts are also cat­e­gorised by the Im­pe­rial sys­tem – and con­tin­u­ing this tra­di­tion, so are the Gra­hams and Don­alds.

Yet, for many decades, the Ord­nance Sur­vey maps that walk­ers use to sum­mit these hills and moun­tains have been de­signed and an­no­tated us­ing met­ric mea­sures.

Now a Scot­tish sum­mit bag­ger, Paul Fettes, has ad­dressed this mea­sure­ment anom­aly with a new clas­si­fi­ca­tion of moun­tains called the Archies. The 130 Archies are de­fined as Scot­tish main­land peaks with a sum­mit of at least 1000 me­tres (3280ft) and with a drop on all sides of at least 100m (328ft).

Paul, an anaes­thetist at Ninewells Hospi­tal in Dundee, said, “If Munro were alive to­day he wouldn’t come up with a list of moun­tains over 3000ft. What would be the point?

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