Marhofn 255.14 - May 2012

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Alan Dawson (+1=1551)

I hadn't intended to write a baglog, with such a minimal increase last year, but the editing by Chris and Martin has been so ruthless that there was some space left for the proofreader to fill, and it seemed a good opportunity to say a big thank you to all those who joined me on my final Marilyn, Ben Aigan in April, and indeed to everyone who has joined me for a walk at any time over the past 20 years since RHB was published. I could never have envisaged that the book would open up not just a new set of hills but also a whole new set of friends. In fact if it wasn't for RHB I don't think I'd have any friends at all now. Although I still spend a lot of time walking alone, and am happy to do so, it is a particular pleasure to meet people whom I've known by name or corresponded with for years.

The end of a long quest is often a bittersweet occasion as journey meets destination, and this proved to be literally true after Ben Aigan. I had such a good time lolling around for a couple of hours on the sunny summit with all manner of food and drink, and then outside the pub by the river, that I overdosed on cake and was somewhat ill later. Beer and cake don't seem to mix well, but it was worth it.

RHB groupies Janet Munro, Alison Richardson and Louise Collins on Ben Aigan trig (photo: Alan Dawson)

RHB groupies Janet Munro, Alison Richardson and Louise Collins on Ben Aigan trig (photo: Alan Dawson)

I think it unlikely that I will go to St Kilda for a third time, so I thought I might retire from bagging and perhaps take up golf, enjoy more cinema, theatre, concerts, do more reading, a bit of piano practice, anything to save me from getting hooked on Humps and Tumps. Of course that hasn't really worked, as there are just too many hills out there that still require bagging. So this year I'm aiming to climb my last two New Munros (900m Humps) and have set myself a target of 50 new Sims (600m Tumps), some of which can be slipped in while dragging Chris Watson round his last few old-fashioned Munros. And so the game continues.

I may even have to start work on the second edition that people keep asking me about, though I've still got some excuses left. After all, now that the Humps book is available and Hump bagging is taking over, I'm not sure that a new version of RHB is needed any more. Could be a topic for discussion over a pint of real ale sometime.

Meall Ban, a Submarilyn Sim Hump Tump GTC near Loch Linnhe, with Ardgour beyond (photo: Alan Dawson)

Meall Ban, a Submarilyn Sim Hump Tump GTC near Loch Linnhe, with Ardgour beyond (photo: Alan Dawson)

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