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