The Top 500 Summits: A Lifetime of Hillwalking by Barry Smith


Barry is a keen hillwalker and climber who has been on a number of BMRES expeditions including Testa Grigia, the Bob Graham Round and Monte Perdido. Having finished the Munros in 2004, he decided to complete and write about the Top 500 Summits in Britain and Ireland with a drop of 500 ft on all sides. These include most of the Munros (some do not have a 500 ft drop), all the Corbetts and 70 mountains in England, Wales and Ireland. The highest mountain on the list is Ben Nevis (4,411 ft), the lowest is Knockanaffrin in Ireland (2,477 ft). Only nine people, including Barry, have registered as having completed all 500, but many more are close. Barry was helped by others who contributed to the book including BMRES members, Jo Bradwell and Kyle Pattinson (Kyle took the picture of the ‘Castle of the Winds’, pictured).



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