Following on from the success of Britain’s new mountain back in April this year, we have a guest post from Myrddyn Phillips on his next mountainous challenge.
Balanced precariously on the aptly named Pinnacle Ridge in the Cuillin Mountains of Skye in the Highlands of Scotland is a lump of rock that may well prove to offer the most difficult mountain survey ever conducted in Britain.
The mountain in question is Knight’s Peak (grid reference NG 471 254). Its summit is situated amongst castellated peaks in the most challenging and dramatic mountain range Britain has to offer.
The summit of Knight’s Peak consists of two tops a short distance apart. One top is spacious enough for one person to balance on its highest point, whilst the other is a pointed top where standing is not advised. The land beyond the summit area is precipitous.
The reason why Knight’s Peak is being surveyed is that it is currently listed as a Munro Top with a height of only 915 m (3,002 ft). In Scotland the 3,000 ft bench mark height is a magical barrier as it denotes Munro (Separate Mountain) and Munro Top (Subsidiary Top) status. The Munros are the 3,000 ft Scottish mountains first published in the 1891 Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal and are now known eponymously after Sir Hugh Munro, the person who compiled the list. They are Britain’s most popular mountains with upwards of 6,000 completers of the list and there are probably three times as many people slowly working their way through the compilation. So at only just over 3000 ft on the map, Knight’s Peak only just qualifies as a Munro Top in this most famous of lists.
Knight’s Peak is being surveyed by G and J Surveys in conjunction with the Scottish Mountaineering Club and The Munro Society.
In recent times G and J Surveys has carried out the surveys that have led to the reclassification of Sgùrr nan Ceannaichean and Beinn a’ Chlaidheimh from Munro to Corbett status and the team has also determined that Buidhe Bheinn is the higher summit of the twin Corbett Sgùrr a’ Bhac Chaolais/Buidhe Bheinn situated in Glen Shiel. South of the Scottish border their surveys have elevated Mynydd Graig Goch and Thack Moor to 2,000 ft mountain status.
Will this most difficult mountain survey prove Knight’s Peak to be over the magical height of 3,000 ft or will Knight’s Peak be dethroned and fall off its airy perch?
All will be revealed as the participants gather 10–16 September for Britain’s most difficult mountain survey.