The Angry Corrie 53: Apr-May 2002


From pillar to post-completion

Congratulations are due to Fraser Clark of Hamilton who on 24 January 2002 completed the rare feat of having bagged every trig pillar on a Landranger map. It was sheet 71, wrapped up with Blacksidend (411m, 71/583295). Fraser was accompanied by Ken Stewart, himself closing in on completion for big-trig Landrangers 64 and 65. Blacksidend reportedly had a "very chilly wind but excellent views".

Ken had also been there for Fraser's first deliberate Landranger 71 trig, Blackcraig Hill (700m, 71-77/647064), 27/6/97. First overall (ie pre-trig interest) was Middlefield Law (466m, 71/680307) circa 1987. The round's most unpleasant moment came on Broken Cross Muir (265m, 71-72/843372) when the intrepid trigbagger was swiped in the eye in thick forest. By contrast, the most enjoyable outing was Black Hill above the Dalveen Pass (531m, 71-78/894058): "a nicely-shaped steep-sided hill with good views".

Ravengill Dod (538m, 71-78/917196) was also noteworthy, "as it encourages walkers to enter the area surrounded by the M74, B797 and B7040. There are no Marilyns, Donalds etc and yet it is well worth visiting. I started from the bridge near Glencaple, went up the ridge over Craig Dod to the trig, continued to Wellgrain Dod then north down the ridge on the west side of Laggen Gill. A very nice horseshoe walk and yet almost unknown."

TAC is interested to hear from anyone who has completed a map (of any scale) in this way. It's a curious game, not least because the number of trigs per sheet varies hugely and is diminishing as pillars vanish due to vandalism, quarrying, housebuilding, etc. Landranger 71 had 44 pillars before Cairngryffe Hill (340m, 71-72/943412) and Laight Farm (246m, 71/608117) went the way of all concrete.

Quite how many maps have been trig-completed is hard to assess - eg it's known that Leslie Toft visited all 108 Derbyshire trigs, but that doesn't necessarily mean he ticked off any maps, as the Derbyshire sheets all have overlaps with other counties (eg LR119 includes a 23-trig chunk of Staffs.)

One person likely to have trig-completed a few maps is Mike Wilson-Roberts, a remarkable man from Christchurch in Dorset. He climbed all the Munros in a single expedition in 1989, did the same with Corbetts in 1992 (more on this anon) and reports having visited 2753 trigs thus far.

Anyway, to mark Fraser Clark's achievement, and because no other magazine is likely to do it, here are some details for trigs on the 85 Scottish Landrangers. Due to "felling", this is a curiously inexact science - eg the trig top for LR33 has changed since Sgurr na Ciche (1040m) and Gleouraich (1036m) lost their pillars. Other vanished high-hill trigs include Beinn Ime, Glamaig, Schiehallion and Sgorr Dhearg. Then there are awkward situations where only trig fragments remain in place - eg Ben Cruachan and Ben Starav. Feedback on absentee trigs is welcome. Likewise for undiscovered/unmapped trigs, as it's notoriously hard to be sure of having spotted them all - see TAC47, p12 for some well camouflaged constructions. And feel free to contribute any name refinements, especially for low-lying pillars. The total number of surviving Scottish trigs is believed to be just over 2200 at present.

LR Lowest trig Highest trig Diff(m) Scot trigs
1 15m: Burra Ness, 1-2/556954 450m: Ronas Hill, 1-3/305834 435 24
2 15m: Burra Ness, 1-2/556954 281m: Scalla Field, 2-3/389572 266 21
3 55m: Lunning Head, 2-3/510671 450m: Ronas Hill, 1-3/305834 395 27
4 33m: Kebister Ness, 4/470467 418m: The Sneug, 4/947395 385 22 (1)
5 7m: Tres Ness, 5/710375 235m: Kierfea Hill, 5-6/423321 228 22
6 10m: Burray Ness, 6-7/504963 479m: Ward Hill, 6-7/228023 469 39
7 10m: Burray Ness, 6-7/504963 479m: Ward Hill, 6-7/228023 469 23
8 43m: Butt of Lewis, 8/520661 261m: Beinn Bragar, 8/266433 218 9 (2)
9 100m: Faraid Head, 9/387716 927m: Ben Hope, 9/477501 827 12
10 75m: Eilean nan Ron, 10/637655 764m: Ben Loyal, 10/577488 689 17
11 39m: Whitefield, 11-12/270532 438m: Cnoc Gaineimh, 11-17/924355 399 31
12 37m: Quoys of Reiss, 12/325574 244m: Ben Dorrery, 11-12/063550 207 34
13 115m: Aird Laimishader, 8-13/179426 799m: Clisham, 13-14/154073 684 15
14 37m: Quidnish, 14/100865 799m: Clisham, 13-14/154073 762 16
15 80m: Cnoc an Lochain-deabhaidh, 15/988164 849m: Cul Mor, 15/162119 769 15
16 261m: Cnoc Bad na Fainne, 16/713353 961m: Ben Klibreck, 16/584299 700 14
17 253m: Hope Hill, 17/778189 626m: Scaraben, 17/066267 373 13
18 26m: Groay, 18/002792 506m: Beinn Dhubh, 14-18/089005 480 21
19 42m: Red Point, 19-24/724676 1062m: Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill, 19/069843 1020 30
20 340m: Cnoc Bad a'Choille, 20/346993 1093m: Sgurr nan Clach Geala, 20/184715 753 14
21 4m: Balconie, 21/624653; Shore Mill, 21-27/749657 692m: Beinn Tharsuinn, 21/606793 688 20
22 7m: Rubha Ardvule, 22/709299 620m: Beinn Mhor, 22/808311 613 17
23 22m: Eilean Garave, 23/299646 719m: The Storr, 23/495540 697 30
24 37m: Rubha na Fearn, 24/722612 922m: Tom na Gruagaich, 19-24/859600 885 32
25 538m: Carn Mhartuin, 25/174544 1183m: Carn Eige, 25/124262 645 23 (3)
26 2m: Easter Lovat, 26/556477 862m: Beinn a'Bha'ach Ard, 26/360434 860 41 (4)
27 4m: Shore Mill, 21-27/749657; Whiteness Head, 27/825574 616m: Carn na h-Easgainn, 27/744321 612 34
28 17m: Nether Unthank, 28/296664 840m: Ben Rinnes, 28/255355 823 46
29 33m: Findochty, 28-29/457678 467m: Hill of Foudland, 29/603332 434 57
30 37m: Fraserburgh, 30/988652 231m: Windyheads Hill, 30/853619 194 40
31 9m: Pollachar, 31/748145 383m: Heaval, 31/678994 374 16
32 28m: Pabay, 32/671269 958m: Bruach na Frithe, 32/460252 930 29
33 6m: Dornie, 33/878264 1032m: Beinn Fhada, 33/018193 1026 23 (5)
34 117m: Torr a'Choiltreich, 34/369075 804m: Geal Charn, 34/156943 687 12
35 245m: Creag na h-Iolaire, 26-35/520283 878m: Carn an Fhreiceadain, 35/725071 633 22

LR Lowest trig Highest trig Diff(m) Scot trigs
36 405m: Creag an Fhithich, 36/937214 1309m: Ben Macdui, 36-43/988989 904 10
37 191m: Crookmore, 37/577187 871m: Morven, 37/376040 680 39
38 28m: Aberdeen Links, 38/950073 518m: Mither Tap, 38/682223 490 53
39 129m: Sron Ruail, 39/208044 812m: Askival, 39/393952 683 9 (2)
40 88m: Beinn an Achaidh Mhoir, 40/666923 961m: Gulvain, 40/996865 873 21 (5)
41 4m: Fassfern, 41/011782 1344m: Ben Nevis, 41/166713 1340 18 (6)
42 355m: Aulich Hill, 42-51/598595 1148m: Ben Alder, 42/495718 793 15
43 445m: Creag Dhubh, 35-43/822996 1309m: Ben Macdui, 36-43/988989 864 20
44 79m: Blair Muir, 44/584656 1155m: Cac Carn Beag, 44/244861 1076 31
45 45m: Steelstrath, 45/641684 579m: Clachnaben, 45/614865 534 42
46 18m: Calgary Point, 46/110525 141m: Carnan Mor, 46/967401 123 12 (7)
47 35m: Cairn na Burgh More, 46-47-48/305447 966m: Ben More, 47-48/525330 931 24
48 35m: Cairn na Burgh More, 46-47-48/305447 966m: Ben More, 47-48/525330 931 25
49 5m: Rubha Leth Thorcaill, 49/665423 853m: Creach Bheinn, 49/870575 848 33
50 145m: Keppochan, 50/076214 1126m: Ben Cruachan, 50/069304 981 26 (8)
51 302m: Creag Each, 51-52/792243 1214m: Ben Lawers, 51/635414 912 18
52 75m: Pitmurthly, 52-53-58/084280 879m: Creag Uchdag, 51-52/707323 804 34 (9)
53 10m: Balgay, 53-59/271271 534m: Meall Reamhar, 52-53/033568 524 43
54 50m: Craigie Hill, 54-59/445244 455m: Craigowl, 54/377400 405 33
55 59m: Silver Craigs, 55/894845 526m: Beinn Bhreac, 50-55/027103 467 40
56 142m: Duncryne, 56/435858 974m: Ben Lomond, 56/366028 832 49 (10)
57 70m: Gateside, 57/484879 985m: Ben Vorlich, 57/628189 915 29
58 11m: Strathearn, 58/066186 721m: Ben Cleuch, 58/903005 710 60
59 10m: Balgay, 53-59/271271 424m: East Lomond, 59/244061 414 32
60 24m: Orsay, 60/163514; Gortantaoid Pt, 60-61/335746 785m: Beinn an Oir, 60-61/498749 761 37
61 24m: Gortantaoid Point, 60-61/335746 785m: Beinn an Oir, 60-61/498749 761 28
62 2m: Rhunahaorine Point, 62/690494 874m: Goatfell, 62-69/992415 872 36 (4)
63 5m: Ardmore, 63/313788 572m: Cruach nan Capull, 63/095779 567 51
64 7m: Glasgow Airport, 64/469667 578m: Earl's Seat, 57-64/569837 571 78 (11)
65 4m: Kinneil Kerse, 65/972806 579m: Scald Law, 65-66/191610 575 50
66 10m: Aberlady Point, 66/449800 579m: Scald Law, 65-66/191610 569 56
67 35m: Dunglass, 67/770725 535m: Meikle Says Law, 67/581617 500 27
68 11m: Uisaed, 68/627207 512m: Ard Bheinn, 68-69/945328 501 24
69 16m: Kildonald Point, 68-69/782271 874m: Goatfell, 62-69/992415 858 26
70 6m: Lady Isle, 70/274293 429m: Kilmein Hill, 70/457110 423 29
71 200m: Dykes Farm, 71/576217 732m: Green Lowther, 71-78/900120 532 42
72 155m: Roy Birthplace, 72/825495 840m: Broad Law, 72/146235 685 51
73 107m: St Boswells, 73-74/587308 743m: Dun Rig, 73/253315 636 58
74 63m: Lennelhill, 74/858428 564m: The Curr, 74/850234 501 23 (12)
75 215m: Lamberton Moor, 67-74-75/947583 215m: Lamberton Moor, 67-74-75/947583 - 1 (13)
76 95m: Barbrethan, 70-76/342073 565m: Craigenreoch, 76/335910 470 32
77 147m: Ewanston, 77-84/673782 843m: Merrick, 77/427855 696 47
78 82m: Millhousebridge, 78/099856 808m: Hart Fell, 78/114135 726 45
79 196m: Orchard, 79/520153 688m: Loch Fell, 79/170047 492 49 (14)
80 171m: Hunthill, 80/657193 619m: Windy Gyle, 80/855152 (on Border) 448 23 (15)
82 60m: Cairnhandy, 82/094445 244m: Green Top, 82/232665 184 22
83 5m: Grange of Cree, 83/462604 711m: Cairnsmore of Fleet, 83/501670 706 22
84 14m: Southerness, 84/971542 569m: Criffel, 84/956618 555 29
85 8m: Redkirk Point, 85/302651 245m: Beacon Hill, 85/055791 237 17 (16)
86 No Scottish trigs - - 0 (17)

Notes

1 LR4: Highest non-inset trig: 293m, Royl Field (4/395285).

2 LRs 8 and 39 have the fewest trigs. Lowest trig on the 40x40 grid of LR8 is 66m, Tom a'Mhinister (8/372523).

3 Carn Mhartuin (538m on LR25) is the highest lowest trig. Twenty-two LR sheets have no trig below 100m.

4 LRs 26 and 62 have 2m trigs, the joint lowest.

5 Sgurr na Ciche 1040m was formerly trig top of LRs 33 and 40. LR33 also used to have Gleouraich, 1036m

6 LR41: largest low/high differential, 1340m. Has anyone walked between the two trigs? Next largest is LR44, 1076m.

7 LR46: smallest low/high differential, 123m. Next smallest is LR82, 184m. Carnan Mor is also the lowest trig top.

8 LR50: Highest complete trig is 959m, Beinn Fhionnlaidh, 50/094497. (Cruachan and Starav both just fragments.)

9 LR52: trig top formerly Schiehallion, 1083m.

10 LR56: trig top formerly Beinn Ime, 1011m.

11 LR64 has most trigs; M77 construction took at least one.

12 LR74: 23 Scottish trigs, 14 English. Actual high trig: 815m, the Cheviot (74-75/909204). Actual low trig as given.

13 LR75: one Scottish trig, 24 English. Actual high trig: 815m, the Cheviot (74-75/909204). Actual low trig: 61m, Newhouses (75/167303).

14 LR79: 49 Scottish trigs, two Eng. Actual high/low as given.

15 LR80: 23 Scottish trigs (inc Hungry Law 501m, Lamb Hill 511m, King's Seat 531m, Carter Fell 579m and Windy Gyle on Border); 25 purely English. Actual high trig: 714m, Hedgehope Hill (80/944197). Actual low trig as given.

16 LR85: 17 Scottish trigs, 21 English. Actual high trig: 303m, Warnell Fell (85/337412). Actual low trig as given.

17 LR86: No Scottish trigs (see TAC22, p15, question 10), 44 English. High trig: 673m, Killhope Law (86-87/819448). Low trig: 32m, White Moss (86/457603).


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