Friday, 28 July 2017

FINAL FURTHS

The Furths are the 3000 foot mountains in the British Isles furth of Scotland. There are 34 summits listed by the Scottish Mountaineering Club: 6 in England, 15 in Wales and 13 in Ireland.

The location of Completions gleaned (up to 28 July 2017) is listed below. The spelling of summit names, with one or two exceptions, are taken from the 1997 edition of Munro's Tables. In the absence of a name, then the country/mountain range known to host the completion is given.

JAMES A. PARKER - Tryfan, 19 Apr 1929.
WILLIAM M. DOCHARTY - Ill Crag, 29 Sep 1949.
JOHN DOW - Cruach Mhor, 1 Oct 1956.
JAMES ANDERSON - Ill Crag, 14 Jul 1958.
ERIC MAXWELL - Ill Crag, 14 Jul 1958.
HUGH LYONS - Ireland, May 1965.
HASWELL OLDHAM - Ireland, 1966.
HAMISH M. BROWN - Elidir Fawr, 13 Apr 1967;
2nd round - Snowdon, 22 Sep 1969;
3rd round - Scafell, 20 Oct 1971;
4th round - Snowdon, 16 Sep 1979;
5th round - Brandon Mountain, 27 Sep 1980;
6th round - Glyder Fawr, 1 Jul 1982.
GEORGE C. SIME - Brandon Mountain, 10 Jul 1969.
DONALD GREEN - Brandon Mountain, 10 Jul 1969.
ROBERT AITKEN - England, 1969.
MILES HUTCHINSON - Brandon Mountain, 23 Sep 1970;
2nd round - Elidir Fawr, 10 Oct 1998.
I.T. STEPHEN - Ireland, Aug 1976.
IAN C. SPENCE - Ireland, Aug 1976.
PHIL COOPER - Brandon Mountain, 12 Aug 1976.
RICHARD MORGAN - Unknown, 1977;
2nd round - The Reeks, 31 Aug 1986.
WILLIAM RUSSELL - Lugnaquillia, 28 Oct 1977.
PAUL RUSSELL - Lugnaquillia, 28 Oct 1977.
ALAN L. BROOK - Lugnaquillia, 3 Jun 1978.
KEN FALCONER - Cruach Mhor, 7 Sep 1979.
EDWARD F. EMLEY - Ireland, 24 May 1980.
PETER EDWARDS - Ireland, 31 May 1980.
ROY MURRAY - Elidir Fawr, 29 Jun 1980.
MIKE W. McCUE - Ireland, Oct 1980.
PETER SELLERS - Ireland, 1981.
SYLVIA SELLERS - Ireland, 1981.
R. STEWART LOGAN - Brandon Mountain, 28 Sep 1981;
2nd round - Brandon Mountain, 30 May 1985;
3rd round - Brandon Mountain, 4 Aug 1987.
JOHN G. CRUMMETT - Brandon Mountain, Sep 1981.
JANET SUTCLIFFE - Brandon Mountain, Sep 1981.
JOHN WYLLIE - Carrauntoohil, 8 Jun 1982.
KEN HAY - Cnoc an Chuillin, 9 Jun 1982.
JEREMY FENTON - Ireland, circa Aug 1982.
MARTIN HUDSON - Galtymore, 12 Aug 1982.
MATTHEW MOULTON - Brandon Mountain, 11 Oct 1982.
IVAN WALLER - Brandon Mountain, 11 Oct 1982.
SIMON GLOVER - Brandon Mountain, 11 Oct 1982.
ANN BOWKER - Caher West Top, Apr 1983.
TOM RIX - Brandon Mountain, 26 May 1983.
JANET CLARK - Foel-fras, 8 Aug 1983.
JAMES H. CLARK - Skiddaw, 9 Aug 1983.
CHRISTOPHER BOND - Lugnaquillia, 4 Oct 1984.
RICHARD FULLER - Brandon Mountain, 25 Jun 1985;
2nd round - Scafell, 13 Apr 1993;
3rd round - The Scafells, 2 Sep 1997.
STEVEN FULLER - Brandon Mountain, 25 Jun 1985.
FRANCIS H. SCOTT - Scafell Pike, 17 Apr 1986;
2nd round - Unknown, 2000.
NIGEL M. SUESS - The Reeks, May 1986.
MARGARET K. FOSTER - Ireland, May 1986.
JAMES D. FOSTER - Ireland, May 1986.
GORDON ADSHEAD - Lugnaquillia, May 1986.
TOM ANDERSON - Cruach Mhor, circa May 1986.
LEONARD JAMIESON - Brandon Mountain, 9 Jun 1986.
ASHLEY COOPER - Helvellyn, 17 Aug 1986.
JIM BLOOMER - Crib Goch, Sep 1986.
MICHAEL B. SLATER - Unknown, 1987;
2nd round - Unknown, 2009;
3rd round - Caher, 24 May 2011;
4th round - Knocknapeasta, 8 Jun 2013;
5th round - Lugnaquillia, Jul 2014.
ALAN DAWSON - Cruach Mhor, 3 Jun 1987.
WALTER M. STEPHEN - Brandon Mountain, 9 Jun 1987.
PETER BELLARBY - Brandon Mountain, 15 Jun 1987.
KEN WHYTE - Beenkeragh, 19 Jun 1987;
2nd round - Lugnaquillia, 6 May 2008.
GERRY BOWES - Beenkeragh, 23 Jul 1987.
PHILIP MASSEY - Beenkeragh, 23 Jul 1987.
PETER ILIEVE - Wales, autumn 1987.
KATHERINE JAMIESON - Skiddaw, 26 Sep 1987.
HUGH BARRON - Skiddaw, 24 Dec 1987.
IVAN YOUNG - Snowdon Horseshoe, 28 Jun 1988.
SANDY DONALD - Lugnaquillia, Sep 1988.
FRASER HAMILTON - Wales, Oct 1988.
DAVID E. PURCHASE - Yr Elen, 2 Oct 1988.
STEPHEN T. RAMSDEN - Brandon Mountain, 10 Apr 1989.
WILLIAM HARKINS - Snowdon, 26 May 1989.
DIANA J. HARKINS - Snowdon, 26 May 1989.
LAURENCE RUDKIN - Beenkeragh, 1989.
IAN HENDERSON - Beenkeragh, 1989.
JAMES BYERS - Brandon Mountain, 14 Jul 1989.
D.H.W. TAYLOR - Brandon Mountain, 10 Aug 1989.
JOHN GREEN - Brandon Mountain, 13 Sep 1989.
DARRELL PICKLES - Ireland, 27 Sep 1989.
PETER N. HUGILL - Brandon Mountain, 4 Oct 1989.
ROBERT H. MACDONALD - Brandon Mountain, 5 Oct 1989.
PETER ELLIS - Ireland, Oct 1989.
MATTHEW SHAW - The Carneddau, 23 Dec 1989.
JAMES G. BELL - Foel-fras, 28 Mar 1990.
DEREK G. SIME - Foel-fras, 28 Mar 1990.
ROB H. WOODALL - Lugnaquillia, 8 May 1990.
DOUGLAS ALLAN - Cnoc na Peiste, 16 Jul 1990.
HUGH SYMONDS - Brandon Mountain, 25 Jul 1990.
JAMES BINNIE - Helvellyn, 4 Aug 1990.
ANGUS MITCHELL - Brandon Mountain, 10 Aug 1990.
INNES MITCHELL - Brandon Mountain, 10 Aug 1990.
KAY TURNER - Wales, 27 Aug 1990.
STUART BENN - Elidir Fawr, 16 Sep 1990.
IAN A. JONES - Brandon Mountain, 18 Sep 1990.
MATTHEW BRAMLEY - Beenkeragh, 19 Sep 1990.
JOHN BARNARD - Ireland, pre-14 Oct 1990.
DAVID RHODES - Ireland, 1990.
BEN THOMPSON - Beenkeragh, mid-May 1991.
PADDY DILLON - Brandon Mountain, 23 Jun 1991.
DAVID GEDDES - Brandon Mountain, 5 Jul 1991.
J. ALISTER SWORD - Yr Elen, 12 Jul 1991.
JOHN HAVARD - Foel-fras, Jul 1991.
JIM RANDELL - Brandon Mountain, 2 Aug 1991.
BRIAN D. CURLE - Caher West Top, 12 Sep 1991.
ANDREW NISBET - Helvellyn, 14 Sep 1991.
JOHN BARKER - Wales, Sep or early Oct 1991.
RUTH BARKER - Wales, Sep or early Oct 1991.
CHARLIE HARRIS - Brandon Mountain, 23 Oct 1991.
GRAHAM HEAFFORD - Brandon Mountain, 23 Oct 1991.
ALAN GOTT - Galtymore, 26 May 1992.
BETHAN STEELE - Ireland, summer 1992.
DAVID STEELE - Ireland, summer 1992.
HAYDN THOMPSON - Ireland, Oct or early Nov 1992.
LINDA SUTTON - Scafell, circa 1993.
HARRY SUTTON - Scafell, circa 1993.
ROBERT ROBERTSON - Skiddaw, 16 Mar 1993.
TERRY FULLER - Scafell, 13 Apr 1993.
NEIL SAWYER - Lugnaquillia, 16 Apr 1993.
ROGER BOOTH - Galtymore, 6 May 1993.
DAVID BAKER - Galtymore, 30 May 1993.
ANNE BRIGGS - Carrauntoohil, 2 Jul 1993.
BOB CONNELL - Brandon Mountain, 24 May 1994.
HOWARD A. SOWERBY - Brandon Mountain, 24 May 1994.
IAIN THOW - Galtymore, 5 Jul 1994.
GORDON BERRY - Brandon Mountain, 11 May 1995.
PATRICK LEAHY - Skiddaw, 23 Jul 1995.
RALPH STEIFFERT [German] - Skiddaw, 23 Jul 1995.
DONALD TALBOT - Ireland, 1995.
CHRIS CROCKER - Broad Crag, 10 Mar 1996.
KARL NELSON - Unknown, 1996;
2nd round - Brandon Mountain, 16 Jul 2010.
BILL CLUCKIE - Foel-fras, 1996.
CHRIS BARTON - Brandon Mountain, Sep 1997.
PATIENCE BARTON - Brandon Mountain, Sep 1997.
RHONA FRASER - Brandon Mountain, 23 Sep 1997.
DON SMITHIES - Galtymore, 7 May 1998.
RON PAYNE - Ireland, 1998.
PAUL RILEY - Ireland, May 1998.
HARVEY CONDLIFFE - Brandon Mountain, 9 May 1998.
JOHN FARROW - Beenkeragh, 10 May 1998.
DEREK McWILLIAM - Beenkeragh, 10 May 1998.
JOHN O'KEEFE - Carrauntoohil, May 1998.
ANDREW S. TEMPLETON - Scafell, 1999.
JENNIFER MASON - Brandon Mountain, Aug 1999.
MICHAEL HOOD - Garnedd Uchaf, 21 Nov 1999.
ANDREW C. SCOTT - Brandon Mountain, Jul 2000.
ROBERT B. GUNN - Brandon Mountain, 14 Jul 2000.
MIKE DIXON - Skiddaw, 23 Dec 2000;
2nd round - Skiddaw, 24 Apr 2011.
PETER ROBERTS - Brandon Mountain, circa Sep 2001.
ANDY McGOWAN - Foel-fras, 22 Sep 2001.
WILLIAM ROBISON - Foel-fras, 22 Sep 2001.
DAVID SHINN - Galtymore, 23 Aug 2002.
LEON D. FIRTH - Cnoc an Chuillin, 4 Sep 2002.
JIM FOTHERGILL - Brandon Mountain, 8 Sep 2002.
BERT BARNETT - Broad Crag, 9 Oct 2002;
2nd round - Broad Crag, 14 Mar 2007;
3rd round - Skiddaw, 29 Sep 2015.
WILLIAM FORBES - Broad Crag, 9 Oct 2002.
KEITH MILLAR - Scafell Pike, 23 Apr 2004.
ALLAN CARR - Foel-fras, 24 Apr 2004.
MIKE WEEDON - Lugnaquillia, 25 Apr 2004.
HUGH McNEILAGE - England, mid 2005.
PAUL GILLIES - Knockoughter, 6 Jan 2006.
BOB MACDONALD - Elidir Fawr, 23 Sep 2006.
IAN G. McCRAE - Brandon Mountain, 10 Jun 2007.
PETER WALKER - Cnoc na Peiste, 7 Sep 2007.
MARK GEAR - Caher, 22 Sep 2007.
LIZ JOLLY - Elidir Fawr, 25 Sep 2007.
MARTIN WILSON - Broad Crag, 2008.
DONALD IRVINE - Cnoc an Chuillin, 20 Apr 2008.
TREFOR BEESE - Galtymore, 21 May 2008.
MARTIN LIKEMAN - Carrauntoohil, 14 Jun 2008.
ALAN HAWORTH - Brandon Mountain, 26 Aug 2008.
ALAN PALIN - Galtymore, 3 Jun 2009.
ERLEND FLETT - Galtymore, 24 Mar 2010.
STEVEN FALLON - Scafell Pike, 24 Jul 2010.
ROSS JERVIS - Foel-fras, 2011.
ALAN CASTLE - Beenkeragh, 3 Jul 2011.
NORMAN WARES - Skiddaw, 14 Jul 2011.
RONNIE WADE - Elidir Fawr, 14 Aug 2011.
JOHN ROGERSON - Beenkeragh, 27 Aug 2011.
ALAN ROWAN - Foel-fras, Sep 2011.
PAUL WHEELER - Ireland, 2011.
PAUL KEEN - Cnoc na Peiste, 11 Apr 2012.
IAN SPALDING - Lugnaquillia, 16 May 2012.
ROB BALLANTINE - Beenkeragh, 16 May 2012.
EWAN LYONS - Brandon Mountain, 12 Aug 2012.
DAVID CHAPMAN - Brandon Mountain, 27 Aug 2012.
IAN RAE - Eastern Reeks, 15 Sep 2012.
CHRISTOPHER SMYTHE - Lugnaquillia, Sep 2012.
MICHAEL HANLIN - Knockoughter, 25 Jul 2013.
KEVIN WALLACE - Wales, summer 2013.
GEOFF SUTTON - Yr Elen, Aug or early Sep 2013.
MARIA R. HYBSZER - Galtymore, 12 Sep 2013.
DONALD R. SUTHERLAND - Lugnaquillia, 13 Sep 2013.
MURDO McEWAN - Foel-fras, 21 Sep 2013.
COLIN LEES - Scafell, 5 Oct 2013.
ALEX THOMSON - Broad Crag, 13 Nov 2013.
DAVID BATTY - Broad Crag, 13 Nov 2013.
MAX LANDSBERG - Galtymore, 27 Nov 2013.
ALASTAIR GOVAN - Carnedd Dafydd, 21 Apr 2014.
NEIL BATLEY - Pen yr Ole Wen, 21 May 2014.
PATRICK REVELL - Lugnaquillia, 22 Jun 2014.
PETER BETTESS - Foel Grach, 13 Jul 2014.
RAY HUNTER - Elidir Fawr, 14 Jul 2014.
SIMON SAWERS - Elidir Fawr, 3 Aug 2014.
IAN J. YOUNG - England, 4 Sep 2014.
JAMIE DOBSON - England, 4 Sep 2014.
JIM MARTIN - Ill Crag, 22 Sep 2014.
DAVID BETHUNE - Broad Crag, 13 Oct 2014.
MARTIN J. ALMOND - Brandon Mountain, 30 Oct 2014.
ALISTAIR DEERING - Brandon Mountain, 31 May 2017.
ALLISON ROBERTSON - Brandon Mountain, 31 May 2017.

The list has been researched by Simon Glover, and is ongoing. Much of this information is in the public domain, but please acknowledge this source if reused elsewhere.

Thanks are due to the Scottish Mountaineering Club, staff at the National Library of Scotland and Dave Hewitt for their help. Furthists who have reported to the SMC, can be found on their Munros page.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

THE 1960s

This is a nod to Eric Maxwell, the man who started the catalogue of Munroists and Furthists in 1960 with his article Quod Erat Faciendum ('What Is Required' in Scotland and beyond its borders). He updated this annually in the Grampian Club Bulletin until 1971. By this time, the Scottish Mountaineering Club had taken over maintaining his list. 

The following information covers the 1960s, and is presented in Maxwellian fashion, with additional details [gleaned from elsewhere]. It may prove impossible to establish final Furths for some individuals, as a number of them may, sadly, no longer be with us. At least precise dates help with the completion timeline.

ANNE LITTLEJOHN - Munros, Tops and Furth, [18/11/1960].
LORNA TICEHURST - Munros, Tops and Furth, 29/09/1962.
HUGH LYONS - Furth [Ireland, -/05/1965].
HENRY S.K. STAPLEY - Furth, 30/10/1965.
HASWELL OLDHAM - Munros and Furth [Ireland, 1966], 06/12/1969.
HAMISH M. BROWN - See Hamish Brown's Furths, 4 January 2015.
GEORGE M. SMITH - Furth [04/08/1968].
ROBERT AITKEN - Furth [England, 1969].
ERIC BEARD - Munros and Furth, 16/05/1969.
GEORGE C. SIME - Furth [Brandon Mountain], 10/07/1969.
DONALD GREEN - Furth [Brandon Mountain], 10/07/1969.
DONALD HAWKSWORTH - Furth, 14/07/1969.
WILLIAM SHAND - Furth, 07/09/1969.
ALAN C. GARDNER - Furth, 14/07/1970.
MILES HUTCHINSON - Furth [Brandon Mountain, 23/09/1970].

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

POPULAR FINAL FURTH - BRANDON MOUNTAIN



This (slightly dark) photograph is of my final summit party on Brandon Mountain on 11 October 1982. Hamish Brown is holding the whisky bottle! To his left, Ivan Waller (207) toasts his, and Matthew Moulton's (76), "senior" Grand Slam of Munros, Tops and Furths. Hamish's dog Storm is in foreground.



"It's lovely to see the 1982 edition of Hamish and, of course, the immortal Storm."

Robert Davidson, MD at Sandstone Press

Sunday, 4 January 2015

HAMISH BROWN'S FURTHS

With seven Munro rounds under his belt (or should it be feet?!), Hamish (62) needs little introduction. His classic book, Hamish's Mountain Walk describes the first continuous walk over them all in the spring/summer of 1974.

Hamish has revised his list of Furth compleations and kindly given brief notes for publication here:-

1. Elidir Fawr, 13 April 1967

+ Bob Aitken. Bob, Ann Winning, Annabel Zeidler & HB were out to complete the Furths (needing Wales, Ireland), got driven out of Wales by weather, covered Ireland and came back for Wales again.

2. Snowdon, 22 September 1969

With pupils Florence Herd, Jimmy Will, Eddie Patterson of Braehead School, compleating the school's Furth, having finished Munros on Lurg Mhor, 14.7.69, and already done England. Jimmy Will on Scafell Pike, 11.10.70 compleated a personal 4 Country summits, aged 14.

3. Scafell, 20 October 1971

Alone. A big camper van trip round Britain and Ireland (Liverpool-Dublin; Cork-Swansea) which took in this & other hills.

4. Snowdon, 16 September 1979

Alone, during the first foot link of the Country summits of Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland, within the framework of walking John o' Groats to Land's End. (On 16.6.79 Ben Lomond compleated a 6th Munro round.) Snowdon was climbed 18.8.79 then the (first?) coast-to-coast walk across Ireland took in all the Furths, and a return to Snowdon to take up the Groats End line again. Book, Hamish's Groats End Walk gives the full story.

5. Brandon Mountain, 27 September 1980

Back to back 'courses' in Ireland did all the Irish 3000ders (and much else). On this 5th for me were Dave Simpson, Vi Shannon, P. Binnie, N. Wright, A. Rimmer, S. Grainger.

6. Elidir Fawr, 1 July 1982

Alone. This was on a cycle-linking of the 4 country summits: Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland (and Isle of Man - besides other hills as well).

Special mention should be made of Hamish's two Shetland collie dogs. Both climbed their Furths: Kitchy compleated as Braehead School's mascot, and Storm as Hamish's trusty companion during his Groats End Walk. (The book of this journey is aptly subtitled: 'One man and his dog on a hill route through Britain and Ireland'.)

Personal note - On one of Hamish's Irish trips, I compleated my Four Country Summits (Carrauntoohil, 8.10.82) and Furths (Brandon Mountain, 11.10.82).

Thanks Hamish!

Hamish's trilogy of classic hill-books: Hamish's Mountain Walk, Hamish's Groats End Walk and Climbing the Corbetts are now published, in updated editions, by Sandstone Press Ltd, www.sandstonepress.com

Friday, 26 September 2014

THE SECOND FURTHIST

This title is given to the late Glaswegian hill-goer and compiler of mountain-tables - William McKnight Docharty (13). In Munro history, he made the first grand slam of Munros, Tops and Furths.

A recent inspection of his hill diary English, Irish and Welsh Mountain Excursions, volume 1, interestingly revealed that he climbed all the Furths (bar Ill Crag) in September 1948; the itinerary of his traverse is given here:-

Monday, 13th - Macgillycuddy's Reeks
Tuesday, 14th - Brandon Mountain
Wednesday, 15th - Galtymore
Thursday, 16th - Lugnaquillia
Friday, 17th - The Carneddau
Saturday, 18th - The Glyderau
Sunday, 19th - Snowdon
Tuesday, 21st - The Scafells (minus Ill Crag)
Thursday, 23rd - Skiddaw
Friday, 24th - Helvellyn

The concluding summit - Ill Crag - was reached at 3.15 pm on Thursday, 29 September 1949.

I would like to thank Olive Geddes and other members of staff at the National Library of Scotland, for their kind assistance.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

INTRODUCTION


Welcome to my blog. It spawned from my researches into the location of Furth compleations (as summarised in: FINAL FURTHS - AN OVERVIEW, published in the 2013 Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal, pp.609-610).

Hopefully, dear reader, I can share with you a potpourri of eveything Furth, from the earliest hill list (prescribed by James Parker) to accounts of traverses. But let it be said here that the term 'Munro' is expunged from my blogs. Eric Maxwell, founder of the Munroist list (now maintained by the SMC), coined the phrase 'Furth of Scotland'. Indeed, he stated in the 1960 Grampian Club Bulletin: "It seems clear that, as from the start, "Munro" should be applied only to the separate mountains of 3,000 feet or over in Scotland, and not used for subsidiary tops or for heights furth of Scotland ..."

As part of my ongoing research, I'm always pleased to learn the name and date of Last Furths - from both Munroists and non-Munroists. Please email details to me at: moelfamau555@gmail.com

Simon Glover
Wirral