Marhofn 106.06 - May 2004

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Ticking over: Charles Knowles

My travels in 2003 were to Skye, Raasay, Orkney, Kintyre and the far north of Scotland. The Durness / Cape Wrath area was spoilt a little by some old war-time military structures, and also by more modern firing-range lookout buildings. Elsewhere, more and more communications masts are being stuck up, as well as windfarms (in Kintyre in particular). The consolation for me is that access roads to them have enabled me to use a bike (and even the car on Wideford Hill in Orkney), which made it a little easier to get to my summits. I failed on Beinn an Tuirc (19B) after cycling up from Lussa Loch on the forestry/windfarm road, because as soon as I lost the protection of the trees I got blown off the bike and couldn't even stand up. Nevertheless I enjoyed being able to freewheel much of the way back down to the car. I'm still having problems with my back which restrict walking, so I have to look to some of the smaller hills not too distant from the road. The problem is that 75% of the Marilyns I still have to climb are on islands and not easy to get at from south Yorkshire. I only managed 31 new Marilyns in 2003, and 7 new SubMarilyns, but these got me to some beautiful, remote and interesting places. I particularly enjoyed the Orkney Islands.

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