Marhofn 255.14 - May 2012

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Rick Salter (+117=610) and Jenny Hatfield (+117=609)

Having moved to the edge of the Lake District, we set ourselves the task of finishing all 55 Lakes Marilyns. This was duly completed by Rick on Whitbarrow in July and by Jen on Grayrigg Forest in October, by which time it had started raining and continued, it seemed, for three months solid.

Being nearer to the Scottish border, we have also taken the opportunity of picking off the nearby Grahams. We managed 19 of the 21 and had great fun familiarising ourselves with what is a beautiful part of the country. Combining the Grahams with a good number of Donald Deweys was a fine introduction to the area.

The year began in January on White Coomb and progressed through 117 new Marilyns plus a range of Humps, Wainwrights, Corbetts and other Grahams. There were in total 204 new hills according to plus many repeats of old favourites, especially in the Lakes. Easter brought a fine foray to Scourie where, with superb weather, we climbed all our remaining Corbetts, Grahams and associated tops in the area.

We enjoyed a good trip to Majorca at Whit, where we roved along the new GR221 route through warm hills, visiting a number of the summits of the Sierra de Tramuntana, including the second highest, Puig de Massenella. We returned to Spain in September for two weeks in the Pyrenees, climbing a host of high peaks in the Cadí-Moixeró natural park, where we based ourselves. Pedraforca gave us a great day out on high limestone at just on 2500 metres. This is a beautiful area and easily reachable from Barcelona by train, or by hiring a car as we did. We moved on to the Cerdagne region after this and climbed a number of the high hills in the eastern Pyrenees just to the east of Andorra. Puig Pedrós (2905m) on the national day of the Catalans and Pic Carlit (2997m) on the French side of the range with some good scrambling were amongst the highlights.

A fine year was rounded off on Eildon Mid Hill, when on just about the only snowy day in December where we were joined by Alison, Smudge, Jonathan and Colin for our 600th Marilyn. It was a good day and thanks to all for the good wishes. However, there is still some way to go and, whilst there are a lot of fine hills out there, we are continuing to focus on the Corbetts and Grahams in 2012.

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