Marhofn 316.18 - May 2016

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Relative hills on Earth

Rob Woodall

Relative Matters is going to have an international section where baggers can share their experiences on international prominence lists and compare their progress via halls of fame. I have been collecting data from a limited number of people over recent years and the table below shows the halls of fame for three worldwide lists. There are some obvious omissions and I cannot guarantee that the figures are accurate for 31 Dec 2015, however it is the best I can do. In the future I hope more baggers will share their worldwide year-end totals, along with their British ones. The three lists are:

Ultra: peaks with a minimum prominence/relative height of 1500m. Steve Fry coined the term Ultra in the USA in the 1980s. His original term was 'ultra major mountain'. There are no Ultra summits in Britain. Hall of Fame entry minimum is 15.

Ribu: peaks with a minimum prominence of 1000m. The term derives from an Indonesian word meaning thousand. Andy Dean and Daniel Patrick Quinn coined it in 2009 for the Gunung Bagging website. There are three Ribus in Britain - Ben Nevis (P1344), Carn Eige (P1147) and Snowdon (P1039). Hall of Fame entry minimum is 30.

Major: peaks with a minimum prominence of 600m. I believe the term was also coined by Steve Fry. There are 95 in Britain. Hall of Fame entry minimum is 150.

World lists: Ultra P1500 Ribu P1000 Major P600
Rob Woodall 219 280 515
Richard Mclellan 210    
Denise Mclellan 169    
Martin Richardson 62 142 317
Lee Newton 59   217
Andrew Tibbetts 55 123 314
Peter Ellis 55   193
James Gordon 50 57 268
Ann Bowker 41 52 126
Graham Illing 34   134
Daniel Quinn 26 37 150
Rowland Bowker 16   130
Ken Whyte 16   144
Adrian Rayner 15   131
Richard Tibbetts 15   150

British baggers are well represented on the P1500 world ranking, at #2, #3 and #4, with the table headed by another European, Petter Bjørstad from Norway. This is not surprising, as Europe has a hundred Ultras, and the USA lower 48 states have another 57, mostly straightforward and just a plane ride away. Denise's position as first woman is unassailable, at #4 overall, with her nearest female rival over a hundred peaks behind.

Martin Richardson is a committed proponent of P1000s; he posts pictures of some great-looking yet relatively unknown peaks. P600s are more the domain of continent dwellers. The USA and Scandinavia have large numbers of them, and accordingly the top ten world baggers are from the USA, with the exception of Petter Bjørstad.

Each year we will feature the top 50 most prominent hills in different countries. We will start with France, so be sure to let us know how many you have done in France with a prominence of more than 953m by the end of 2016.

Grande Tete de l'Obiou (P1541) France (photo: Martin Richardson)

Grande Tete de l'Obiou (P1541) France (photo: Martin Richardson)

'The only friends I really had were the ants. I was a dreamer. Until I started climbing.' - Edmund Hillary

Italian rifugio, Monte Amaro P1810 (photo: Martin Richardson)

Italian rifugio, Monte Amaro P1810 (photo: Martin Richardson)

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