Bet that took some careful surveying, they are shown on the map as exactly the same height and a drop of around 30m between them.
I have a superb photo of a stag that I took on that summit before moving onto Cullardoch
Andy, I knew you were wrong but then started to get excited about keeping one of my hills. Then Jimmy corrected you and burst that bubble again.
I was on Saugh Hill on Sunday when you were on Shalloch. Far too hot and not a spot of rain. In fact it was actually 3 c warmer on the summit than it was down at Victory Park in Girvan where the Lowland Gathering was taking place.
The bad weather was triggered by the size of the hills where I was and the murky clouds and possible stormy weather followed all the way to the M74. After that it was “Scorchio”. Again the MetOffice prediction was accurate.
It’s now I’ve closely looked at my figures and consider all the sweat expended to get here that I begin to comprehend the effort needed to complete all the Marilyns. There 7 people who have done so, not SOTA but just summiting and then on to the next. Then there is the guy (Rob Woodall?)who has visited all 6500 trig points in the UK and it only took him 14years. When you consider how many are remote and on summits then I find that even more impressive.
It’s a case of optimal planning now. I have about 40 to do. Some are big enough to be a single target for the day. Others will nicely fall into several in a day class, either 2 or 3 being feasible when you include driving there and back home. So dividing out 40 by a suitable scaling factor to take in single summit and multi-summit weekends, I reckon 25 days of activity to finish off my list. Which is about 6months given I get out most weekends. So I should be able to finish them by Christmas. Except I’d get bored because I have some other parts of GM I’d like to visit. But Christmas 2017 may be a realistic date.
I thought you’d done all the South of Edinburgh/Glasgow SS summits Jack? Which means your remaining 42 SS summits will be the more awkward and remoter summits.
So the question is, which is your favourite SOTA summit? It’s a difficult choice, but I think mine is Carn Duchara SS-173 by your route.
I have often thought about this, but have come to the conclusion that the weather at the time that the summit is ascended and activated can be a huge factor in determining a favourite. Dire weather conditions can totally ruin what would otherwise be a really pleasant ascent and activation. Having said that, I definitely have a soft spot for Hownam Law GM/SS-197, but it is hard to choose out of over 500 summits…
Single summit could possibly be Mullwharchar- believe it or not but the weather helped with that choice.
SOTA day out is a toss up between the Ben Lawers quad and SS-109 Crunch nan Capull along with SS-153 Black Craig.
BUt then I still have to venture to many more places.
I haven’t activated my favourite summit yet - perhaps one day! - but my favourite summit is GM/WS-007, Bidean nam Bian. I’ve lost count of the number of routes by which I have finally arrived at its summit! I think the best summit in SS is Ben Lui (Bheinn Laoigh) which hasn’t been activated since September 2014. Pure mountaineering gold, the two of them!
Do it in winter. Get a rope, crampons, ice axe and a competent partner and climb the Central Couloir. You will spend 50% of the time resting while the other guy leads, and by the time the rope is coiled up at the top you will be fresh enough for photography!
You could even be a bit of a devil and bag Ben Oss and Ben Dubhcraig during the same outing, but I think that is probably greedy!