Marhofn 171.09 - May 2007

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Loitering in the Corridor:

Mark Trengove, Mold (+34=413)

2007 was not a good year for adding to my totals. I could plead increasing distances for new hills, but the main reasons for thin pickings were bouts of illness and injuries. At least the injuries were incurred on the hill, and not tripping over the doorstep. The illness and eventual death of my mother didn't help either, as time and attention were often needed on other matters.

Nevertheless, it was still a year of some fine memories. The view over Loch Etive from Beinn Trilleachan in snow is still fresh in my memory nearly one year later. Also still vivid is that fine remote mountain Seana Bhraigh in May, descending below the cloud floor to see the hills of Assynt bathed in sunshine. In June the bagging and camaraderie of the meet at Fort Augustus did much to top up my enthusiasm. The great heat in July did not deter me from a fine round of the Cheviot hills, though the conditions were more like north Africa than England.

My second trip to Poland in August added to my Carpathian totals with ascents of Nosal (1206m), Bobrowiec (1663m) and Turbacz (1315m). I even managed my first Austrian major prominence on the way home - Schafberg (1782m/1178m).

My plans for the autumn were, however, knocked sideways by a serious ankle sprain on the seemingly innocuous SubHewitt Cefn Coch near Lake Vyrnwy in early September. This kept me off the hills and in physiotherapy until late November.

My prominence listing work has continued, with new lists for France, Italy, Denmark, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, and Spain and Andorra as a combined effort with Clem Clements. All can be found in the files section of the RHB group on Yahoo. I have also begun my own website to publish my work at

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