Marhofn 93.05 - May 2003

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Annual report: Bert Barnett

The target for 2002 was the Murdo, Munro Tops and Furth completions, which were toasted on Broad Crag (34B) in September, where I was joined by my friend from schooldays Bill Forbes, who was completing the same lists. Bill was with me in 1960 when our Boys' Brigade company saw us to the top of Carn nan Gabhar of Beinn a'Ghlo. This was a camping trip from Enoch Dhu, a big outing for fourteen-year-olds. Bill completed the Corbetts in 2002 and is now chasing the Grahams. I am encouraging him to embrace the Marilyns, but he remains sceptical. Flowers and Corbett Tops were my other main interests, and 2002 was a good year for both. Picking a fine crop of wild rasps to the east of Knock Hill (21A) was an unusual bonus. Ireland and Wales trips were amazingly dry and successful in September. Marilyns have again taken a back seat due to the remoteness of unclimbed hills and the attractions of CTM bagging. The Marilyns of Wales and north Kintyre put pine needles in my semmit and reminded me that wee hills mean hard work. Some great winter days and some dreich winter days, but good summer days in Scotia were few and far between this year.

Worst hill: Dun Leacainn, largely due to an ill-chosen frontal forestry assault.

Notable outings: round of Glen Finnan and a sunny Suilven traverse from Elphin.

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