Marhofn 58.03 - May 2001

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Hall Highlights 2000:

Ken Whyte

The year began with a spectacular dawn of the new century sunrise from Dirrington Great Law (28A) on 1 Jan. I chose this hill because of its SE aspect, where the sun would hopefully rise with low ground over the Tweed valley. It was a good choice.

Highlights of the year were three long cycling/Marilyn trips. The first memorable trip was in April to the western isles with Roger Boswell and Mike Milmoe, where we were joined by Colin Donnelly, his wife and daughter on Barra for the first week. The boat trip to Barra Head, Mingulay, Pabbay and Sandray was unforgettable, being blessed with perfect conditions, although a late start and a hungry boatman meant missing out on Muldoanich. This trip was well documented in the Scotsman newspaper by Dave Hewitt. From Barra, Roger, Mike and me then made our way north up the spine of the western isles, taking in as many hills as possible through Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist and eventually to Berneray where we split, with Mike heading back south to Oban and Roger and me continuing north to Harris (where I completed my Corbett round on Clisham), then over to Skye and back to Fort William. The other two cycle trips I made alone were to Mull in May (magical) and Arran in July, where I completed my Graham round on Beinn Bharrain. 2000 was very much an island year for me, having visited 23 during the year -but still lots yet to visit, with 90 island Marilyns remaining and only 21 left on the Scottish mainland.

To complete my hat-trick for the year, I made a loop of all the Ochil New Donalds to complete on King's Seat Hill on 25 August. This round also included my first Donald, Innerdownie, first visited 29 years earlier. Also during the summer the landmark 1000th Marilyn became a reality with Beinn Ghobhlach (14A) on 4 July. Morven in Caithness was a revelation, a magnificent and relatively unknown hill. Most Marilyns in a day was a round of nine on 30 August on the west of Skye, to include McLeod's Tables.

405 new Marilyns were visited in the year along with 16 SubMarilyns, 33 other Yeamans, 79 New Donalds, six repeat Munros, eight repeat Corbetts, one repeat Graham, five repeat New Donalds, seven ascents of Bidein Bad na h-Iolaire (4A), 130 ascents of Druim na h-Earba (4A) and 50 ascents of Cow Hill (the one with the mast which dominates Fort William).

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