Marhofn 183.10 - May 2008

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Baglog: Vernon Miles (+17=746)

A quiet year. Once I have retired I intend to go bagging mad, but at the moment I have all sorts of other commitments, mainly revolving around my two boys, who are now 8 and 11. As they get older I find I can do more activities with them.

I didn't get any fresh hills till July, but then got five on the outer isles, all cracking hills. Vatersay's highest, Theiseabhal Mor, with its views to Mingulay, was short and pleasant. Barra yielded two very nice hills; Beinn Tangabhal and Heaval, which has an enigmatic statue of the Madonna and child near its summit. Beinn Sciathan on Eriskay and Beinn Mhor on South Uist followed, and I can recommend the hills at the edge of Britain to anybody.

August brought my first visit to Orkney, where I climbed Wideford Hill on Mainland and Fitty Hill on Westray. The latter is lovely but you have to watch for dive-bombing bonxies.

A complete contrast saw me hopping over the fence in Crowborough to bag the summit trig. To make sure of the highest point I scrambled up the service reservoir just behind it, in the dark, which my two boys found very exciting.

A trip to Abergavenny in November brought some cracking weather for late in the year, which I used to my advantage with my good friend to climb some lovely hills. Ysgyryd Fawr was a nice short afternoon romp, with great views. Coety Mountain, above the world heritage site of Blaenavon at the head of the Welsh valleys, was very interesting, with the remains of old heavy industry laid out below. November 12th was one of those lovely blue-sky days, just right for a walk along the Offa's Dyke path over Black Mountain, and all the way to the Skirrid Inn from Hay Bluff. Other gems were Sugar Loaf, Waun Fach in the Black Mountains, and a good traverse right across the high Brecon Beacons, taking in Pen y Fan (which I had done before), and Waun Rydd. A wonderful week was finished off with Graig Syfyrddin (Edmund's Tump) on a sunny day with a bit of mist swirling about.

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