Marhofn 269.15 - May 2013

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Malcolm Clark (+82=639)

The year 2012 was quite a strange one, in which I managed more walking than usual despite working away from home for most of it. For the first six months I was based near Telford, followed by three months in Birmingham. As I had grown up in Wales, I had always fancied doing all of the Welsh 2000ft summits, something which I had got about halfway through before moving to Scotland. So the first six months of 2012 were spent visiting the remaining half, mixed with the odd old favourite and an occasional trip home to Inverness. The majority were done by public transport and bike, although I hired a car a couple of times. Highlights included:

These were interspersed with shorter days and some of the Midlands and Shropshire Marilyns. Highlights were Worcestershire Beacon and Ysgyryd Fawr, lowlight was Callow Hill, where I managed to dislocate my shoulder. Still, it cut short the thirty miles or so I had to cycle home.

Scotland got neglected this year, but I managed a few really good days out. I finally got to Beinn Lair and Meall Mheinnidh via a roundabout route from Kinlochewe, as well as Sgurr Dhomnhuill, Beinn Mor Coigach, the Gleann Elchaig Grahams and Beinn a'Chearcaill. Towards the end of 2012, there were also some shorter trips to local sub 2000ft Marilyns. Sgurr Marcasaidh and Creag Loch nan Dearcag gave me one of the most stunning inversions of the year.

So in summary, a bit of a diversion from the usual, which would see me mainly on the Scottish 2000ft hills. In fact almost half of my new Marilyn tally for this year was made up of sub 2000ft summits, including the 600 milestone, which was on Long Mynd.

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