grkvlt wrote:[Argv, I just got that. I'd like to stab whatever person decided it would be hilarious to call mountains smaller than a Munroe (>3000ft) 'Marilyns' which, I assume are >2000 ft but less than a Munroe...
Not quite. It's 150m of 'unique peak', or prominence, which means it could be well under a 'mountain' in absolute altitude, but definitely juts up. And then there are "HuMP"s, which are "Hu
rominences"... and need little further explanation. [Since first writing this, I've discovered that "TuMPs" are Thirty(/"T
rty") Metre Prominences. Not all TuMPs are "tumps" (artificial or natural hillocks), nor are all tumps TuMPs.]
Technically, a Munro (no 'e', definitely named for a person other than Randall) is only in Scotland, but Munro-qualifying (a difficult thing... "Munro Tops" are Munroesque in height but have a greater prominence requirement than mere 'HuMPs') is loosely or widely applied to the rest of the UK, sometimes considering those others as "Furths" ('furth' being Scottish dialect similar to "further (away)", for those outwith of Scotland).
An attempt to make a better objective measurement of 'peak' led to the Murdo classification (I forget its etymology, might be Munro-rooted portmanteau/acronym). All Murdos are a Munro (and vice-versa) or a Munro Top, but not all Tops are Murdos.
Corbetts (for a guy called Corbett) are the 2.5- to 3-thousand feet peaks. Grahams cover 2 to 2.5, and commemorate a list compiler, Miss Graham, but were originally called "Elsies" ("Lesser Corbetts", "LCs") by a guy called Dawson who never became eponymous himself. And a Mr Donald compiled >2000ft peaks in the Lowlands of Scotland, which overlaps somewhat with the above lists, obviously. There are "Tops" lists for all
these. The Scots/adopted Scots (who have time) take their geography seriously!
There are also nominative lists by the Nuttalls (England and Wales, >2k ft, Wales being the more mountainous nation between the two by all measures), Wainwright (his noteworthy fells(/summits) above 1k in the Lake District), Birkitt (similar, but not identical, to Wainwright), Hardy (highest bit of a significant locality) and Dewey (500-2000ft), indicating a certain seriousness in list-making amongst the non-Scots, too.
Unlike whoever decided to coin the Hewitts, i.e. "H
ills in E
ales and I
reland over T