Marhofn 196.11 - May 2009

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Baglog: Colin Green (+33=703)

The finest trip of the year was to Skye in May, which gained me no new Marilyns. Successive days of warm sunshine and a repeat of all the Skye Munros was a joy. There was also a good trip in April when Trevor and Sue Littlewood attained their 1000th Marilyn on the suitably named Creag nan Clag (9B), but my favourite for the week was Carn na Saobhaidhe (also 9B). East of Loch Ness was not an area I knew at all but it's pretty much worked out now. On two other trips to Scotland there were new hills but also a return to old favourites, such as Aonach Beag in a white-out and a cautious descent from the summit of Sgor na h-Ulaidh in Glencoe. Those still requiring Beinn Bhalgairean (1D) may wish to resist the temptation to park at Brackley Farm, despite the friendly welcome, as the track is likely to do your car no good.

The gathering at Rob Woodall's last Welsh trig in August gave me the excuse to get to know the area around Builth Wells better. It puts one's own bagging into perspective when you consider the company you are in. More research within these pages would have alerted me to the joys of the forest near the top of Pen y Garn-goch (31C), but perhaps I was beyond help as it was also raining and misty. Other highlights included a wintry Codale Horseshoe (Langdale) in January and a torrent of water gushing out of the cave in Lathkilldale.

Rob Woodall on Red Hill, his final Welsh trig (photo: Colin Green)

Rob Woodall on Red Hill, his final Welsh trig (photo: Colin Green)

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