Hill Walkers - Frequently Asked Questions
I have “topped up” my original “Bridge” list (for example) of the 2000-foot hills of England & Wales by bagging only those Nuttalls (for example) that are not on the list of “Bridges”, so that I have also completed the Nuttalls as well. Do I have to send in a Claim Form to inform you of this?
I have just completed my round of Wainwrights (for example) and enjoyed the experience of planning my hill expeditions and climbing all those summits so very much, that I would like to share it with others. Can I submit some photographs and a short report of my exploits?
A. Full references to the various accepted hill lists are given in these web pages. Some of the references are now out-of-print, but can often be obtained from second-hand book sellers (do a search online). Some hill lists have been substantially changed after publication, following further research and surveying of hills. The most altered list is that of the Deweys (500-609m high hills of England & Wales with a drop, or re-ascent on all sides, of at least 30m). The original published list was of 373 tops, but this has now risen to 435 summits. The full list has never been published, but for a current list of the Deweys, Register 5, please request one from the Recorder: sorry only an electronic list is available, sent as an email attachment (no requests for hard copies please). All changes to the lists, usually as a result of re-surveying, and which relate to the Registers, will be published annually in the HR Report.
A. No. Non-members who request a certificate or HR badge along with their claim will be sent an LDWA information and application form, but there is no requirement to take out membership of the LDWA in order to enter the Hillwalkers’ Registers. Only current LDWA members will receive the Annual HR Report.
A. You can download a HR Claim Form from this website. Alternately, please send a SAE to the Recorder with a request for a Claim Form (only one form will be sent - please photocopy the form, before you begin filling it in, if more than one Claim Form is required).
A. To help prevent errors creeping into the Registers, please post a hard copy of each Claim Form to the Recorder. It makes life so much easier for the Recorder to have hard copies of all Claim Forms, rather than hard copies of most, but a few others stored electronically on his PC. If you would like a certificate or badge, and around 85% of those who enter the Registers request a commemorative certificate of their achievement, then you will have to post a cheque to the Recorder in any case. Finally, and most importantly, entry on the Register is voluntary, only with the consent of the claimant. Therefore, in order for the claimant to give permission for his or her name and summit details to be entered online on the Registers, it is essential for the claimant to sign his or her Claim Form and post it to the Recorder. Sorry, but if no hard copy of a Claim Form is received by the Recorder, then your entry will not be added to the Register. Compared with completing any of the hill lists on the Register it is an extremely minor chore indeed!
A. Claims will only be accepted on an official Claim Form. The main reason for this is to keep details of all claimants in the same format, and stored in one place, in order to reduce the chance of errors occurring. It will only take a few minutes to complete a Claim Form, and when you do so, you will greatly please the overworked and underpaid Recorder! Thank you.
A. Certainly not! Very, very few people will have proof that they have climbed all the summits on any list of hills. Your total honesty is assumed. Anyone silly enough to make a false claim will be not only be making a hollow, deceitful boast, but will also run the risk of ridicule should his or her deception ever be discovered.
A. For similar reasons given to the answer to FAQ 4 above, a Claim Form must be completed and posted to the Recorder for second and all subsequent rounds of a hill list.
A. Yes. In order to prevent errors appearing in the Registers, which are often very time-consuming for the Recorder to correct, it is necessary to send in one Claim Form per person and one Claim Form per Register. It only takes a few minutes to complete the one-page Claim Form. Claim forms from two or more different claimants may be sent in one envelope.
A. People who started hillwalking or peakbagging when they were much younger often cannot remember the exact date on which they climbed the first summit on a particular list, so do not worry if you cannot recall this. It is preferable to give the exact list completion date if possible, otherwise “month/year” or simply “year” will be accepted (for completions within the last three years, simply stating “year” as the completion date on the Claim Form is not however acceptable - most people should recall this special day in their lives, but surprisingly, several people send in very vague completion dates). Please enter the names of the first and last summits on the Claim Form (very few people cannot recall these). Those who give only “month/year” will be appear in the Registers at the end of that month, after all those who give an actual date for that month and year. Similarly, those who state only “year” will be appear in the Registers at the very end of that year, after all those who give an actual date and after those who gave only December (but no day) of that year.
A. Yes. There are no time limits to making a Claim, and many that appear on the Registers were made as retrospective claims. Please note that 21st November is the cut-off date for your name appearing in the HR Report that will be published in the following April. All those Claim Forms received after 21st November of any year will have not their names recorded in the next April’s HR Report, but in the one published after that. So if you complete in (say) August, then, if you wish your name to appear in print in the next HR Report, then do not wait until (say) December until you send in the Claim Form! From experience over many years, it appears that relatively few hill list completions are made in the winter months from November to March.
A. Entry to the HR Register if free-of-charge, but those wishing to receive (a) commemorative certificate(s) of their achievement(s) are requested to send a cheque of £2.50 per certificate to the Recorder (this fee includes postage and posting in a large stiff-carded envelope). HR cloth badges cost £1.50.
A. If you request a certificate or badge along with your Claim, then please accept receipt of these as your acknowledgement. If you make no request for either a certificate or a badge, but wish to receive an acknowledgment that your claim has been received and accepted, then please either send a SAE for acknowledgment, or request an email acknowledgment clearly on your Claim Form (please make sure that your email address is given on the form, and that it is legible; use upper case lettering please).
A. Often within a couple of weeks or less, but sometimes, depending on the circumstances of the Recorder (remember that this is all volunteer labour!) some time later. The Recorder guarantees that all claims will be fully dealt with, at the outside, within three months. It has been known that, in some cases, the new claim is entered on the online Register within a few hours of the Recorder having received it, and the certificate posted out on the following day! Don’t forget to include your cheque if you request a certificate and/or badge!
A. The Hillwalkers’ Registers contain only the names of those who have completed the various lists together with their completion details. No contact or other personal details appear on the Registers.
A. Select the relevant Register’s web page. The names are listed in date of completion order (when more than one person has competed on a particular day, the names are listed alphabetically, but if two surnames are identical then females are listed before males). Click against your name. The details of your entry on that Register will be displayed, together with your entries on any other of the Hillwalkers’ Registers for which you have submitted a Claim.
A. The third box on the Claim Form states: “Name as you wish to be recorded on Register and Certificate (please complete this box)”. If you do not fill in this box then you will be recorded with your full names on both HR Certificate and Online Register (but do please also fill in your full names in the first and second boxes on the Claim Form, to prevent errors being made by the Recorder - there are many “Smiths”, etc, in this world!). Provided that the third box on the form is completed, then only the name(s) given there will appear on Certificate and Register.
A. The Hillwalkers’ Register Annual Report is published and despatched to current LDWA members every year with the April edition of the LDWA magazine Strider. The names of all those who successfully made a Claim to the Registers during the year are published in the Report. The HR Report, usually of 20-24 A5 pages in length, also contains new hill lists, articles, photographs and many other items of interest to the hillwalker and peakbagger.
A. No, but if you wish to do so, then that is your choice. For the purposes of the Registers, one visit to any particular peak can be counted as a visit to that hill for any list on which it appears.
Q. I have “topped up” my original “Bridge” list (for example) of the 2000-foot hills of England & Wales by bagging only those Nuttalls (for example) that are not on the list of “Bridges”, so that I have also completed the Nuttalls as well. Do I have to send in a Claim Form to inform you of this?
A. Please inform the Recorder of the fact, but in the form of an email or letter. If you must send in a Claim Form for this, then please mark the form very clearly as a “top-up” for a second list (this is to prevent your name appearing erroneously twice on the Registers). Please make life easy for the Recorder!
Q. I have just completed my round of Wainwrights (for example) and enjoyed the experience of planning my hill expeditions and climbing all those summits so very much, that I would like to share it with others. Can I submit some photographs and a short report of my exploits?
A. The Recorder is always in need of photos of hillwalkers and mountain landscapes to illustrate the HR Annual Report that is published and despatched with the April edition of Strider. Photos showing completion celebrations, particularly those held on the final summit of a list of hills, are particularly sought. Articles on any aspect of hillwalking and peakbagging are also very welcome for possible inclusion in the Annual Report, maximum of 800 words please. If you have a special story to tell (to give just one possible example, you climbed your first mountain over 2000ft in height whilst still a young child and completed the last peak in the Nuttalls list of hills at a grand age of 85) then this would be particularly appreciated. If possible please send your contribution as a Word document attached to an email (or just in a plain email if you are without Word software). Typed submissions are also acceptable, but hand-written accounts must be perfectly legible! Digital photos must be posted to the Recorder on a CD (not sent as an email attachment please). Prints and transparencies are also acceptable.
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