Marhofn 153.08 - May 2006

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Baglog: Lindsay Munro (+76=792)

As in the previous year, 2005 started with an ascent of Ben Vrackie on 1 January, though this time in very wet and windy conditions. Again the first new Marilyn had to wait until the following day when Rod, Janet and I took advantage of the public holiday to have a go at Benbeoch (27C). As we'd hoped, the trucks were inactive and we reached the fine, rugged summit unchallenged. Later that month brother Rod entered the Hall of Fame on Arthur's Seat, and later in the year (on 6 November) the champagne and whisky were flowing again as we celebrated our joint Corbett completion on Little Wyvis.

Rod and Lindsay Munro approach the summit of their final Corbett, Little Wyvis (photo: Bert Barnett)

Rod and Lindsay Munro approach the summit of their final Corbett, Little Wyvis (photo: Bert Barnett)

The Marhof gatherings at Tremadog and Roybridge were great fun, as always. Wales also proved productive bagging-wise with ten new Marilyns and a subbie in three days, and getting across to Bardsey had to be one of the highlights of the year.

Amongst other memorable outings were traverses of Beinn Dearg (13A) and the Rum Cuillin, both in perfect, late-spring weather. It was altogether less pleasant on my first visit to the Western Isles at the end of May, though I did manage Clisham, Toddun and Sgaoth Aird during two stormy days.

During the year a couple of hills required revisits before they could be ticked off with a clear conscience. The first was my own fault - I'd completely forgotten about Carn na Coinnich's twin top, Meall nan Damh (12A). There was really no excuse for this as it had been front-page news in Marhofn 93. However, no-one had warned me about Hods Hill's summit relocation in section 27C. OK, it's only about 200 metres away, but you've either been there or you haven't, and we certainly missed it the first time, in thick mist.

Mid October saw me at the col between Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir (16F) trying to decide which should become my 777th (halfway) Marilyn. The latter ultimately won the day on account of its awesome, plunging profile. Speaking of numbers, I wasted a rare opportunity for a double bilbo (see page 31) earlier in the year when Beinn na h-Uamha (762m) and Sgurr a'Chaorainn (761m) became my 760th and 761st, respectively.

In 2006 I hope to revisit a few Munros, and I suppose the Grahams will also feature quite strongly over the coming months.

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