Marhofn 280.16 - May 2014

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Meet some new members:

Steve Lewis (614)

My interest in Marilyns began... a few years ago. On a day when stormy weather curtailed hill activity, I was glumly mooching around Fort William, suffering from too much activity in the local pubs, when I found the RHB book. I spent the rest of the day sitting in the camper van trying to tick off ones I had done. Since then I have binge-bagged. To be honest it has taken me forty years to get to 600. I would be delighted if God was to grant me another forty years. I am not bothered if I complete them or not.

My favourite Marilyn is... Eaval, North Uist. Remote, serene and inaccessible, it epitomises all that I love. Although every hill has its merits, for they take you away from the heaving mass of humanity, there is no competition for Eaval to date and probably of all time.

My least favourite Marilyns are... most of the Lake District ones, where you simply follow the mooing crowds on paths that have no challenge.

Do I keep Marilyn bagging a secret? I have only come out to close friends. Sometimes I have tested the water when meeting a solitary walker who looks as if he has done a hill or two. The usual response is to be humoured or stonewalled. Occasionally there is genuine interest but generally the reaction is one of indifference. I am thinking of applying to the lottery for funding to start a Marilyn support group - 'My name is Steve and I am a Marilyn bagger'. Work colleagues, who are not mountain chaps, put it down to my eccentricity. I suppose they have a point.

I... have thirty-odd year's experience of mountain life, mostly involving climbing technical routes, and I have been lucky enough to have climbed and drank in many parts of the world, getting into many scrapes along the way. My bent nose is testament to much of this, but now in later years and with the benefit of wisdom, I prefer to sit and enjoy a pot of ale in more mellow surrounds. However, I have no regrets about anything.

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