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