Marhofn 230.13 - May 2011

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New Hall of Fame Members:

Douglas Law (+90=638)

I finished 2009 on 550, so my plan was to enter the Hall of Fame by August 2010. I made a good start to the year with numerous trips to south-west Scotland, mid Wales and south-east Scotland. On 15 May I was on 598, so I decided to get up and over in one day. Brown Carrick Hill was followed by Grey Hill and Troweir Hill. This meant that Grey Hill was my 600th Marilyn. I had thought it would be a solitary affair but near the summit I was met by 30 teenagers and a few adults on a Duke of Edinburgh weekend.

Douglas Law celebrates 600 on Grey Hill (photo: Douglas Law)

Douglas Law celebrates 600 on Grey Hill (photo: Douglas Law)

I now allowed myself to venture into the Scottish Highlands for the first time since May 2008. Super walks followed on hills like Ben Ledi and Little Wyvis on the way up to Ullapool for the Marhof weekend.

Seven nights in the hostel allowed plenty of time to explore local hills. Quinag's three Corbetts with Chris Crocker on the Tuesday was my favourite walk of this trip, closely followed by Arkle on the day after.

In late August I based myself in Crianlarich for six nights and tackled some smaller hills in reasonable weather. In September and October I headed to north Wales on four trips, which included an enjoyable scramble on Moel Siabod. However, my attention was beginning to drift towards bagging Humps. I now have a target of 1200 Humps by Christmas 2012, a big ask from my current total of 864.

Too good to be true was my day in early April, bagging Nuttalls on the Arans in mid Wales. I got back to the car to listen to Black Apalachi come second in the Grand National, with my cash on each way. Too bad was driving away from the car park without my ski poles which had been leaning against the car. I returned to Cwm Cywarch a week later to bag Glasgwm but there was no sign of my poles, so I had to purchase new ones with my Black Apalachi winnings.

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