Marhofn 269.15 - May 2013

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Humpdate

Mark Jackson

(Photo: Martin Richardson)

(Photo: Martin Richardson)

Has it really been six years?

The story began on 8 June 2007, the day I suggested the Humps name when posting my unified and illustrated version of Yeaman's and Clem's work on the RHB mailing list. Although I have always built on the work of forerunners, I was grateful to hear Alan say that 'it has helped bring the list to life a bit more.' Had it? We had to wait.

Over a quarter of my life later, the e-book has shifted hundreds of copies and the number of baggers in the Hall of Fame, with 1200+ Humps, is inching towards the half-century mark. But what has pleased me far more has been the personal reports of people who have got up and gone in search of Humps, who have dared the little crags and forgotten lumps and found wee gems in amongst the bog and bracken, fresh vistas and newly discovered corners of a well-loved land, climbing hills they never knew they never knew... those tales have been a constant reminder of why the work was no waste.

If only the list itself had been as constant. But we are, after all, a fellowship which appreciates the need for accuracy, and the availability of large-scale mapping has led to a veritable raft of ups, downs and sideways. I wish it had been otherwise. The anti-climax of a re-completion, or even a revisit, must be frustrating to some degree. I want to thank those who put up with the tampering, but also those who tampered. To every person who carried through to completion - at cost - a huge task of painstaking data checking, my thanks. To the best of our ability, we now have a complete and accurate portrait of the pillars of our land. Let it stand after we move on, and let us say that it was worth it.

All tables that follow cover since February 2010, in date order.

Promotions:

Gallt yr Ancr30E/S7224 102 SJ145130
Wharncliffe Chase36/R1317100 SK313963
Llechwedd Melyn30F/S7196100 SN616987
Gowbarrow Fell34C/Q4481100 NY407217
Binnein an Fhidhleir1D/M3811100 NN214107
Meall Ban5A/J1547103 NN545621
Cnoc an Tubait15A/B3423100 NH325937
Cefn yr Ogof30C/S3204101 SH916773
Mynydd Gelliwastad32B/U1213100 SN678014
Meall a' Gheur-fheadain12A/D2755100 NH264413
Garth Hill32C/U2259101 SS872903
Black Hill27C/P2385102 NS904243

Deletions:

Mynydd Dinas32C/U231286 ST009906
Quarrystone Bank35A/Q522193 NY572275
Meall a' Phubuill E Top10D/F274797 NN014853
Quothquan Law28A/P333599 NS988384
Cefn Cul32A/U156299 SN860205
Black Edge36/R250799 SK062770
Pen-yr-allt31C/T317598 SN487219
Foel Benddin30E/S754398 SH853165
Coed-swydd31B/T941295 SO139646
Cnoc an Fhreiceadain16C/A230799 NC611594
Sletill Hill16C/A328097 NC929465
Beinn Ruadh16C/A325495 NC844598
Rachan Hill28B/P631997 NT121339
Moel Maenefa30C/S428998 SJ087744
Old Radnor Hill31B/T931795 SO251587

Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump;
you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Relocations and replacements:

Glenalla Fell27B O2   NS353011428
Rhiw Gwraidd31B T6   SO016634442
Jericho Hill30E S7 Domen-gastell Hill SJ164199297
Y Ro Wen30D S5   SH745500599
Chinley Churn36 R1   SK036843457
Frith Hill38B T10   SO716390238
Fan Brycheiniog32A U1   SN824220802
Hangingstone Hill36 S8 High Billinge SJ554662178
Cefn Croes31C T1 Y Glog SN790811574
Blackstone Edge36 R1   SD973162474
Sgurr na Stri17B Y2   NG500192495
Monkham Hill41 W3   SS987393382
Ballywilline Hill19B M4 Knock Scalbart NR730221216
Beinn na Feusaige13B B10   NH090542627
Ffridd-yr-Ychen30F S7 Tyddynbriddell Hill SN649983280
Bryn Brith30F S7 Pared y Cefn-hir SH661148383
Carn Dearg9B H1   NH483188298

Mynydd Gelliwastad - no longer wasted (photo: Martin Richardson)

Mynydd Gelliwastad - no longer wasted (photo: Martin Richardson)

Probably the pick of the new bunch is Binnein an Fhidhleir, once a Yeaman, but deleted in 2009 only to be reinstated. Cefn yr Ogof near Abergele also looks nice (and popular). On the deletions side, it is a shame to lose Foel Benddin (I have climbed it, so its niceness is no guess), losing two remote bog-moated lumps in Caithness may strike some as a bonus, and Old Radnor Hill is not much of a loss to the list either unless you like bagging the edges of quarries.

May there always be another hill to climb.

Blackstone Edge trig - now out in the cold (photo: Simon Barnard)

Blackstone Edge trig - now out in the cold (photo: Simon Barnard)

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