Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Climbing, a mountain, Canada.
Interest: climbing and spraying
We were sitting in the VOC clubroom when someone (it may have been Biffybee) asked me if I had done "The Fairley challenge"?
"What is that?"
"You have to climb one peak from each letter of the alphabet in the Fairley guide."
(me having memorized this trivial fact) "But there isn't an X. What do you do for your X peak?"
"I don't know?"
"I guess you have to make a first ascent."
Since then other variations have been proposed including that any officially unnamed peak will do for the X.
Personally I have always thought that the better challenge is to climb one peak from each REGION of the Fairley guide. There are some pretty remote regions in Bruce's guide, particularly including the Clendenning, Powell/Jervis, Nimpkish West and so on.