Marhofn 280.16 - May 2014

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Baglogs (72 of them):

Alison Fox (+69=1180)

As usual I hit a score somewhere between 55 and 70 - I have said before I am consistent. 2013 was a year for offshore adventures; 34 of the year's total were on Scottish Islands, including twelve Marilyn island high points. Many thanks to Alan Holmes for organising the Shetland and Western Isles trips.

One unusual feature of the year was a day with four small Marilyns which were done by public transport, with road-walking between the hills. The area to the south of Loch Ness gave this fruitful day, which finished with me scampering down Stac Gorm.

As usual, the first half of the year had more new hills than the second, although less defined than in previous years due to the Western Isles trip. August and October were the usual months of just repeating Munros.

As well as Marilyns, I was busy revisiting Munros including repeating an island high point that you may have heard of - Ben Nevis. The best Munro was probably Beinn Narnain or maybe the Monadhliath in April or maybe... anyway, must not stray off topic.

My highlights of the year included the Shetland and Western Isles trips obviously - Foula, Noss and the boat trip round Pabbay, Scarp and Taransay were the best days.

My own personal roll of honour of a successful 2013:

Highly commended:

Brief encounters:

Marilyn bagging can be lonely, so it was quite surprising to meet Charlie Scott on Common Hill. Even more surprising was to meet the Flemings on Roan Fell, and by some incredible coincidence I met Ted Jackson on the bus from Elgin as we set off on our separate bagging days.

Mountain out of a molehill award:

Cairnpapple Hill - thick snow in mid March and I did the Bathgate station to Linlithgow traverse. The hill resembled one five times its height. The snow was deep on all roads, making this hill into a real adventure.

Finally, my own confessions:

The northern one on Raasay - I ascended without a shirt on a scorching day.

Swinside - my last new hill of the year on one of the few calm December days. This was the best viewpoint in Cumbria. Something this good should not be allowed... er, hang on.

Thanks to everyone who walked with me and gave me lifts.

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