Marhofn 49.02 - April 2000

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Roving Reports and Hall Highlights:

Bert Barnett

Fine start to the year on snowy Munros. Opportune meeting with Graham Illing on Beinn Donachain (3C) on a dreich February morning of rain and snow.

Loch Maree in March, singing frogs, Kinlochewe to Gruinard two-Graham traverse. Heavy April snow in Glen Roy. Loch Arkaig hill encounter with Al and Moira Burks. May Mamore meandering - long Staoineag Grahams.

Benderloch / Airds Hill (3B) - first of the year's pine needle trials. Stormy May at Loch Glass, wind farm stopped with the force. Wet June Glen Affric - brolly sheltered. June on Ben Stack (16E) with a shivering dodging wet leveret on the summit ridge... Cycle up tarmac to Maovally (16E)... Dire tramp to Meall Dola (16D) using the 'path'. Wet July Morven and Griams (16C). First use of head net to counter July midges in Glen Kinglass after Beinn nan Lus (3C). August Mull Grahams ... quick dash to Tom nam Fitheach (17E) in the morning before the first ferry to Kilchoan. Surprise encounter with Dave McFadzean on magnetic Beinn na Seilg (18A).

Round of Glen Moidart ... people on the Corbetts. Carna then Ben Laga (18A): left behind by Hewitt and Dealtry. September round of Ettrick. Hardest hill of the year: Bainloch Hill (287m, 27C), brambles, bracken, random rubble dykes, willows ... admittedly off route, followed by relentless knee deep heather - not for the faint hearted. Wales in October: wasted great day on tails of Snowdon when Tryfan was calling to me for a much deserved second ascent. Four dry days. Rhinog Fawr in the rain and mist a rugged descent to the pass. Met Merlin the Welsh Nuttall nutter on Mynydd Mawr (30B) at 9 in the morning. Mullwharchar (27B) in November: GPS driving me nuts. Brilliant hard snow on Ben Vrackie (6B) in December.

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