Marhofn 230.13 - May 2011

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Another headcase in another hall

Alan Dawson

Some people may think that the Humps HoF is a Hall too far, that surely enough we don't need any more Halls. But that's not the end of it, not at all. I am already thinking that we may need a Sims Hall of Fame, as this is one list that has already been completed. Up there at the top of the leaderboard is Ken Whyte on 2530, followed by those who are known to have completed the Murdos, Corbett Tops and Graham Tops on at least 2116, i.e. James Gordon and Stuart Benn. If I set the entry level at 2000, then keen top baggers such as Colin Crawford and Andy Hyams must be getting close, and surely Rob Woodall can't be far behind. So that's the SHoF under way.

Then there's the Hall of Mirrors, for those who have climbed 600 different Marilyns at least twice. By definition, this includes anyone who has done the Munros, Corbetts and Grahams twice, i.e. Bert Barnett. With their repeats for trigging and photography then Rob Woodall and Richard Wood must surely be in the HoM.

For those who go bagging abroad there is the potential Ultra Hall of Fame, with Rob presumably leading the way, followed by Andrew Tibbetts, but have they done the 100 needed to make it into the UHoF? Not yet perhaps, but surely it can only be a matter of time (Ultras have 1500m drop). Rob himself has suggested a JHoF for those who have climbed over 3000 Jacksons (30m drop, any height). Think I need a few more lifetimes for that one.

Cnoc Craggie, a 319m Hump near Tongue (photo: Alan Dawson)

Cnoc Craggie, a 319m Hump near Tongue (photo: Alan Dawson)

Then there are the halls beyond the fringe, which have so far attracted limited interest beyond their instigators. In the Strangeway Hall of Fame there are four categories: platinum for 150 to 162 Strangeways, gold for 100 to 149, silver for 50 to 99 and bronze for 1 to 49. After four years there is just a single inhabitant as yet, Andy Strangeway himself on 162: www.island-man.co.uk/strangewayhalloffame.html

Similarly, at www.thehardys.org/bag-totals.html, the Hardys Hall of Fame includes just the one entry, Ian Hardy. At first glance this Hall looks like offering easy pickings, as there are bottles of champagne on offer for the first person to complete each subset of hills. But there's a catch in the offer: 'unless the compiler completes them first!' and 'the compiler is the sole judge'. Maybe that's just as well. The day that people start bagging hills in order to claim prizes is surely the day to stop keeping count. So perhaps it's best to stick to those halls where the only rewards are intangible. Such as the satisfaction of finishing the year higher up the table than your deadliest rival.

Can any of us really be so shallow as to use the lure of a Hall to encourage us to do more bagging? Oh yes, I think so. I might even have starting taking Humps more seriously if the threshold had stayed at 2000, but now that it's down to 1200 it seems I'm already in there. So never mind Humps, if I can be bothered to carry on bagging after the Marilyns, I'm going for the Sims - a mere 211 needed to reach the magic 2000. I think I'll offer a case of champagne to the next person to enter the SHoF. As long as it's me.

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