Marhofn 212.12 - May 2010

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The Power Station featuring Massive Attack

Trevor and Sue Littlewood (+31=1075)

Lured by the forecast of a spell of settled weather, we headed to Argyll in early January, spending a week in Glendaruel. Expectations were not quite met, but the year's bagging was off to a good start - five new Marilyns plus a new island, Bute. Later in the week, on a traverse of Coraddie and Beinn Bhreac, we were mindful of the sad associations that the hill has with members of this group.

A fine week in April based at Tomintoul allowed some memorable walking in the northern Grampians, on Carn Mor, Corryhabbie Hill, Cook's Cairn and Cnap Chaochan Aitinn, though Carn nan Tri-tighearnan gave a gloomy excursion. Several outings were made into the depths of Glen Avon, one of them for the express purpose of bagging the trig of Creag Veann. It is a Corbett Top too, of course, and several others were visited that day.

All of our previous visits to Mull had been in very poor weather and with intimidating winds. Our visit there in May started unpromisingly but there were excellent days for Ben More, Staffa, Lunga, Ulva, Gometra and others, before we moved on to share a big house with 14 others near Ullapool. We had two magnificent excursions; over Ben Mor Coigach with Sgurr an Fhidhleir, then Beinn an Eoin with Sgorr Tuath.

Suilven and Cul Mor from Sgorr Tuath (photo: Trevor Littlewood)

Suilven and Cul Mor from Sgorr Tuath (photo: Trevor Littlewood)

Our traditional post-stalking October jaunt in the Highlands was based in Fort Augustus, for a customary damp and gloomy week. Eighteen months earlier, we had passed on the option of an ascent of Carn a'Chuilinn due to hydro works along the line of the obvious approach via Glen Doe. This time we were not denied and took to the broad hydro road, following the mapped estate road far beyond its apparent ending. However, the road extended for many miles beyond our leaving it to traverse the Corbett and its tops; it is a massive intrusion into the Monadliath.

Gometra from Ulva (photo: Alan Dawson)

Gometra from Ulva (photo: Alan Dawson)

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