Marhofn 230.13 - May 2011

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Baglogs:

Trevor and Sue Littlewood (+22=1097)

We had another very active outdoor year in 2010 but sadly that is not reflected in a significant increase in our Marilyn totals. Marilyn bagging did not get under way until April with a week at Tyndrum where, surprisingly, we still had a number of unvisited hills. We had a succession of days giving conditions close to perfection. We walked in to Gorton bothy to climb the remote Leathad Mor and a lengthy traipse was made into Glen Kinglass.

A week of indifferent weather in Moidart saw the gathering of just a handful of new hills plus a revisit with companions to Rois-Bheinn. At the summit some time was spent searching for fragments of concrete, convincing ourselves that we had sufficient material to claim a sighting of the old trig point.

A club meet followed at the fine Couldoran Lodge at Kishorn, in what has become a traditional 'big house' gathering. Re-visits were made to An Ruadh-stac and Beinn Bhan and a surprisingly good day was had on the humble Marilyn, An Staonach, walking directly from the lodge. A dreary trudge over moorland had been expected, but we had an easy approach by an estate road followed by a fine time picking a way to the summit past small crags and over broad sandstone slabs. With sunshine and views eastwards to Beinn Damh and Maol Chean-dearg sprinkled with late spring snow, the whole experience was wonderful. We had our dismal time the next day on Beinn nan Iomairean in spells of heavy rain.

Sgurr a'Gharaidh from An Staonach (photo: Trevor Littlewood)

Sgurr a'Gharaidh from An Staonach (photo: Trevor Littlewood)

On the Applecross Graham, Beinn a'Chlachain, we waited at the summit as Brian and Martina Dickson approached, Brian opened with 'you must be bagging Grahams'. We stayed with them for almost an hour exchanging bag-chat.

The mid-Wales Marilyns had been neglected but that was put right in Rhayader in October. Having the northern Pennines as our home stamping ground, we found the boggy ridge between Gorllwyn and Drygarn Fawr very familiar, on a day of sunshine and clarity. A lone figure approached as we sauntered about the trig point of Gorllwyn, and we made the acquaintance of Andy Hyams, who seemed to be collecting hill locations even more obscure than those we chase.

In 2009 we told of a chance meeting with Martin Collins, and we have now happened upon Brian Dickson and Andy Hyams. Which of you reading this will we come across in 2011?

Beinn Damh and Loch a'Mhadaidh Ruadh (photo: Trevor Littlewood)

Beinn Damh and Loch a'Mhadaidh Ruadh (photo: Trevor Littlewood)

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