Marhofn 93.05 - May 2003

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Annual report: Helen McLaren

The day was truly miserable, just the sort of day the Western Isles seem to produce specially for the sabbath. It was also World Cup final day. However, as we'd both agreed that Ben Flat-and-Featureless is preferable to any football match, and as Alan Dawson (and others who shall remain anonymous) were coming round to our holiday cottage to watch the match, staying in was not an option. Instead we headed for Greabhal as it was the only thing not lost in clag. So, by some curious coincidence, there we were, our copy of The Relative Hills lying on the dashboard, getting ready to climb one of his hills, in the rain, just about the time Alan was letting himself into our warm, comfortable house to put his feet up in front of the television with a few beers.

Of course there were many other good days last year, which saw me climbing a personal best of 82 new hills. The rest of the week on Harris, along with the trips to Scarp, Taransay and the Shiants, included some of the best days. The good weather in April and May saw some big Corbett ticks, while Stulabhal (South Uist) on a day to die for made a perfect birthday outing. On the other hand, bad days were few in number and invariably down to bad weather. Bardon Hill and Billinge Hill hardly set the heart racing but, being conveniently close to motorways, did provide welcome breaks on a long journey to the deepest plains of Albion.

Alan Dawson adds: I'd already done Greabhal.

Landing on Scarp's golden beach

Landing on Scarp's golden beach

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