Marhofn 269.15 - May 2013

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Alison Fox (+59=1111)

Fifty-nine new Marilyns in 2012. A similar total to previous years and maintaining an average over the past five years of just over sixty. If only there was an award for consistency.

The year started with a new hill on 1 January. I bagged Beinn nam Beathrach in Morvern before 2012 was even twelve hours old. And before you ask, yes I did see in the new year and was not in bed until 2am. I added Beinn Chlaonleud to my total on 2 January and the year was looking promising. Nothing lasts forever and things slowed down a little after that. What turned out to be a modest January was followed by a fantastic February with the best being saved until last. Benarty Hill on 29 February proved to be a superb leap year day hill.

Scarba at the end of April was one of the highlights of 2012, with wild flowers and sunshine. For those who found the boat trip too tame, the trip to Sanda on the next day gave rather more white-water action. Good use was made of the May heatwave as I enjoyed warm still (Beinn) Laga; Meall nan Each and a heat-avoiding 2am ascent of Beinn na Seilg.

However, it was a year of two halves for me. In the first seven months of 2012 my total was 56, and in the next five months a rather more modest three. No particular reasons for this, unless one considers neck-high bracken; the stalking season and several nearby Munros begging for repeat ascents.

Druim Leathad nam Fias (photo: Jim Fothergill)

Druim Leathad nam Fias (photo: Jim Fothergill)

Hardest Marilyn: Druim Leathad nam Fias, tough but well worth the effort. Many thanks to the couple who shared their water with me.

Best viewpoints: Ben Hiant and Benarty Hill. I can thoroughly recommend the latter for a lazy day.

Worst Marilyn: Brown Muir.

Unusual things about 2012:

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