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Scottish Mountaineering Club GPS data sets

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Publication Type
Other (GPS Exchange Format (GPX) files)
Author
Toby Thurston
Date Published
2007
Size
5.9MB
Cost
Purchase Info
https://www.smc.org.uk/publications/downloads/gpsdata

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The Scottish Mountaineering Club was formed in Glasgow in 1889, as a result of correspondence in the Glasgow Herald initiated by William W. Naismith. Although other Scottish clubs existed at this time, such as the Cairngorm Club, these had only local membership and limited technical aspirations. By contrast, the founder members of the SMC included a good number who already had Alpine experience and wished to use their skills in their native country.


In the early 1960s the SMC formed a charitable trust, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust. Part funded by revenue from the SMC's guidebooks, the Trust has given support to many projects over the years, including to the National Trust for Scotland and of the John Muir Trust and to footpath maintenance projects generally. The Trust also supports Mountaineering Scotland.


Review:

Publisher's website 2018

The SMC GPS route files have proved very popular with hill-walkers as electronic navigation has become more and more normal. These route files correspond closely to the routes described in the two SMC Hillwalkers' Guides (Volume 1: Munros, Volume 2: Corbetts and Other Hills), and they are only available by download from the SMC website site. The original routes were painstakingly collated by Mr Gerry Bye, using the Hillwalkers' Guides and the O.S. 1:50000 maps. With a magnifying glass, Mr Bye went over each route and decided what points to mark. Mr Bye's routes have now been gathered into a more formal database, and extensively revised and corrected. Elevation data is also being added to each point (this is complete for the Munro routes, and in progress for the others).


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