Wales

Survey adds 8ft to Tryfan mountain's height

  • 24 June 2010
  • From the section Wales

One of Wales' "elite" peaks has grown in stature after an official measurement to verify its height.

It was feared Tryfan, in Snowdonia, could have fallen short of the 3,000ft (914m) elite mountain status needed to keep it one of Wales' 14 highest peaks.

But enthusiasts who scaled it with GPS equipment found the peak came in at 3,010 ft (917.51m) - 8 ft (2.43m) taller than its official measurement.

The project's result was verified by a member of the Ordnance Survey (OS).

Tryfan, one of the best known mountains in the Ogwen Valley, appears on the map at 3,002ft, or 915m.

The new measurement is set to return it to the OS official height before the 1980s.

Before climbing Tryfan, John Barnard, from Mold, Flintshire, one of those involved in the re-measuring, said: "[We're using] exactly the same process as the GPS systems on your car, your sat navs, talking to the satellites, getting signals and measuring distances and then via some complex mathematics we can work out the height above sea level."

Tryfan, Snowdonia
Tryfan is one of the 14 "elite" 3,000 ft peaks in Wales and for almost a century mountaineers have tried to complete the challenge of climbing all of them

Tryfan is currently one of the 14 "elite" 3,000ft peaks in Wales and for almost a century mountaineers have tried to complete the challenge of climbing all of them.

The Snowdonia Society has said that Tryfan was still a "wonderful summit", no matter how high it actually was.

The society is a members-based charity working to ensure the beauty and diversity within the national park

Alun Pugh, the director of the Snowdonia Society, said: "It's a wonderful mountain with some fantastic views, that won't change a jot... it has a special part in the heart of anyone who enjoys climbing mountains in Wales."

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