Marhofn 212.12 - May 2010

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Men at Work

Douglas Law (+70=550)

I completed the Munros in May 2008 (when there were still 284 to do) and afterwards needed a new challenge. I decided to attempt to enter the Hall of Fame by August 2010, and by the end of 2008 I had reached 480. The new year started well when I was told that I would be transferred to Carmarthen from my office in Preston for two weeks, to help them with their struggle against bovine TB. I had the pleasure of visiting farms in the Preseli Hills in the snow whilst bagging eight Marilyns, a few Humps and some overtime. I offered to go back in March to do another two weeks, when a further 14 Marilyns and Humps were bagged. The highlight was a three-and-a-half-hour lunch break bagging Garn Fawr, Strumble Head, Carn Llish and Dudwell Mountain, before driving back to the office in Carmarthen to finish my paperwork.

Another ten hills were climbed during a weekend in Merthyr in May, including Mynydd Dinas near Port Talbot, which proved very tricky as the paths had been obstructed. Later that week I set off to tackle Sighty Crag, my final English Marilyn. Despite a strong easterly wind, I reached the summit with no trouble on 13 May. During the rest of the year I had several weekends in Wales, climbing Cadair Idris and the Rhinogs as well as a host of lower hills.

As my parents live in Lanark, I also had number of trips to the Borders and to Fife. On Mount Hill I was lucky enough to meet a family who had the key to the tower on the summit. The staircase was very dark and narrow. Bainloch Hill near Dumfries proved more awkward than Mynydd Dinas, with four-foot high bracken and five wall crossings.

Ascent of Bainloch Hill in June (photo: Brent Lynam)

Ascent of Bainloch Hill in June (photo: Brent Lynam)

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