Marhofn 171.09 - May 2007

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Baglog: Trevor Littlewood (+51=939)

Another excellent year roaming the hills. Apart from Marilyn bagging we made our Alpine trip to the Stubai Alps of Austria, and as a sub-agenda for the year we revisited all of the Hewitts and Nuttalls of the northern Pennines. A week on Jura brought us a splendid series of outings, once the weather settled to give fine conditions. To stand close to the north end of the island, beyond Cruach na Seilcheig, looking out over the Corryvreckan to the island of Scarba, is to feel very small and as remote from civilisation as we can recall. The Paps of Jura gave us a superb day, despite the soggy approach and the coatings of angular scree and boulders. The adder population of Jura is said to equal that of its deer - and there's plenty of those - but we saw just one snake; it performed well for us.

A short trip to South Wales had us collecting more Marilyn ticks in middle England than in Wales itself, though we managed several new Hewitt tops and enjoyed a surprisingly fine ridge climb to capture new tops of the eastern Black Mountains.

Sgurr a'Gharaidh (photo: Alan Dawson)

Sgurr a'Gharaidh (photo: Alan Dawson)

The annual mountaineering club week based at Aultbea gave us little opportunity for new Marilyns, but staying on in Torridon afterwards we had some wonderful hill days. A traverse of Beinn Alligin was extended to take in the Graham of An Ruadh-mheallan, but the perfect day traversing all of Beinn Dearg's tops was just about the best outing of the year. Another fine day was on Sgurr a'Gharaidh (13B), which was surprising for its extensive limestone exposures and one of the best floral displays we've ever had on a British mountain. On that one day we saw more flowers of mountain avens than in all other sightings ever. There were several other autumnal visits north of the border, in which we felt the most significant bag was of a modest and often seen but unclimbed hill. We'd looked out across the Solway Firth to Criffel from Lakeland hills on surely hundreds of occasions; finally it fell to us.

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