Marhofn 153.08 - May 2006

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Baglog: Richard Webb (+51=1158)

2005 was a mixed year, and despite being out of action for a time, there was a good variety of hills, though no island trips to boost the total. An enjoyable cold day on Garbh Bheinn (18B) was a highlight of the short winter, which turned into a heatwave in March on a Baosbheinn traverse during an Edinburgh University MC meet. I started from the Beinn Alligin car park and finished at the Red Byre on the Gairloch road, returning easily by hitchhiking. Cruinn a'Bheinn (1C) was another fine spring day out. The summer was plagued with illness, but on a lazy holiday to France I managed five 2KPs (see page 38) for the century club (over 100 2KPs worldwide).

I also visited a few fairly local hills during the summer, enjoying the difficulties of the deep vegetation on Nutberry Hill (27A). I did boost my total with a visit to the country south of Oban, where rough going was balanced with monster views. The highlight of the autumn was Ailsa Craig, but the rough crossing back will never be forgotten. I have now completed regions 6, 8 and 28, the latter finished on a round of the Broughton hills, where the heather was in full bloom. Completion of region 2 now only requires a visit to the new Marilyn Meall Chomraidh, as Drummond Hill was correctly visited during an orienteering event, having previously visited only the trig point. As always, the distances to pastures new are increasing, and many are on the west coast, but lots of repeats and top-bagging trips were made to complement the new Marilyn days.

Baosbheinn and Beinn an Eoin (photo: Bert Barnett)

Baosbheinn and Beinn an Eoin (photo: Bert Barnett)

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