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Despite yet another very active time, 2012 saw just a further feeble increase to our Marilyn totals; an addition which was then reduced by a net 5% with the loss of Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais.
Temperature records for March were being broken in Scotland when on our first bagging trip of the year we visited Arran. There, with a little regret, we neglected the already bagged Corbetts and collected the sundry northern Marilyns of the island. Beinn Bharrain, the only Graham on Arran, was captured, the ascent being made by the excellent granite rockiness of its north ridge. On the return from Arran and in dull weather a minor diversion on the way home was made to ascend Brown Carrick Hill, reducing to eight the Marilyn requirement in region 27 - all at the western periphery.
Wales in April had us out in more typical UK weather and again a number of lower Marilyns were added. Particularly worth mentioning, near to Dolgellau, as part of a traverse of Craig y Castell we visited the splendid roughness of the Bryn Brith / Pared y Cefn-hir pairing where non-Marilyn list changes have been made recently.
The dismal weather typical of 2012 was with us for the first week of our Highland fortnight in May, the most notable bags from our base at Druidaig Lodge on the west side of Loch Duich being the two Corbetts, Beinn nan Caorach and Beinn na h-Eaglaise, on the north side of Loch Hourn.
The following week saw much improved conditions and a long outing on a near perfect day had us taking the Carnmore path from Poolewe to reach the remote Graham, Meall Mheinnidh, and the even more obscure Corbett, Beinn Lair.
Also in that week we made another visit to that supremely fine area east of Gairloch, defined on three sides by the route of the A832 and the head of Loch Maree on the fourth. There may be just one Marilyn in there, one Submarilyn and a small handful of Humps, but the extent of rockiness and lochan complexity there is remarkable. Two northern Grahams - Meall na Faochaig and Beinn Mheadhoin - on the way home rounded off the trip. Three weeks in the Austrian Alps provided some relief from the UK's depressing summer.
Early October brought surely the most effortless bag of 2012 - Hope Mountain - very easy access from the minor road to the east and the road to an aerial for the start of the climb.
Only four Corbetts were left to us south of the Great Glen, and basing ourselves in Kinloch Rannoch in late October allowed the collection of one of them, Stob an Aonaich Mhoir, together with some associated tops on a very fine day; the ascent was eased by an estate/hydro road, sadly having a tarmac surface. Schiehallion, Beinn a'Chuallaich and Creag a'Mhadaidh all had revisits in what was the best week of weather had in October for some years.
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