/ The Douglas Boulder
It does however appear that these is a small amount of Old Red Sandstone up there,sort of at the top of Cearn Dearg.
OK. If it's detached completely from the main face I'll take it as a boulder. Is it?
Why is it a boulder and who's Douglas?
There's a big gully between it and the main part of tower ridge, but I wouldn't say it was detached. Also it's bigger than most crags in England.
Yeah I know but I'm being geologically pedantic. Is the Douglas Boulder a piece of rock detached from the main face?
Gullies undermine it, but it's otherwise firmly attached to Tower Ridge. It shares the same rock as the rest of Ben Nevis so not strictly a boulder.
The SMC was founded in 1889. One of its founders, Joseph Gibson Stott, argued for the presence of a Club Journal, in which information about the Scottish hills could be conveniently recorded and circulated. It seems amazing now, in its 111th year, that Stott had a hard time convincing a pilot meeting of its viability and even desirability.
The arguments against were mainly that Scotland was too small to be able to provide more than a few numbers of the Journal, while Stott maintained (for the first time he believed) that there were at least 300 mountains in Scotland whose height exceeded 3,000 feet. Luckily for us, Stott won the day and became its first Editor, the first of 12 to date, counting the current incumbent.
Of interest to readers may be the fact that in those far-off days before word processing on fast computers, the Journal was published three times a year, in January, May and September. This continued until 1918, when the harsh economies of the First World War imposed a reduction to two issues per year. From 1942 onwards, the Journal was published annually.
Stott emigrated to New Zealand, having published seven numbers, the task being taken over by William Douglas in 1892. A lover of the hills, and equally sympathetic to walkers and mountaineers, Douglas (after whom the Douglas Boulder on Ben Nevis is named) continued as Editor for nearly 18 years, producing 53 issues. It was during his reign that the Axes and Rope logo of the Club first appeared on the cover of the Journal, in January 1898.
(from http://www.smc.org.uk/journal/history )
So now you know who Douglas was!!
Is it a boulder? No. If it is, the routes are decidedly highball no matter how many crash mats you use....
It's attached, both to the lower part of Tower Ridge (below the Douglas Gap) and to the earth beneath it. If it was completely separate from Tower Ridge it would still be a pinnacle, not a boulder (so yes, the 'Douglas Pinnacle' might be a more accurate but less unique title!).
A proper boulder is a lump of rock. Douglas's Boulder is a heap of rubble.
Thanks! These are remarkable...had no idea they were available on-line.
Does anyone know what height the top of the Boulder sits at ?
Try climbing gutless or cutlass to appreciate this stunning rock
What is the best beanie and crash pad combo to scale it then?
970-ish m, it's big enough to see on the OS 1:25 000
Cheers Kev, was just being too lazy to check it myself really.
Thanks for the replies. Some interesting historical background.
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