Marhofn 280.16 - May 2014

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Margaret Squires (+92=1267)

We used New Year's day in what has probably now become an unnecessary exercise. Dodging the solitary guard at Benbeoch, we found two other couples had decided on 1 January as a way to evade the workforce in this busy opencast site. Now the company has gone bust, who knows what the security arrangements are.

But 2013 was really the year of the boat and the bothy. In March we caught a ferry with my non-hillwalking sister to the Isle of Man, thinking she could surely manage its wee hills, only to find snow appearing and having to dig out our car with plastic seaside spades.

In May we persuaded the owner of the Stable in Barrisdale Bay to boat us in with four days of provisions, though only one day was good enough for Slat Bheinn.

June saw us ganging up with a boat-load of scottishhills.com members for Ailsa Craig, and July zipping up Loch Morar to stay in Oban bothy for An Stac - thanks to Hamish Brown's Tips for the Tops, I was on the phone as soon as last year's Marhofn came out. In July we had another bothy trip for Groban and Beinn Bheag.

In August we caught a ferry to Stornoway for a fortnight in Lewis; we are returning this year. In September we caught another ferry to Kennacraig, then a hop across to Jura for Roger's Graham completion on Beinn a'Chaolais. We just fitted in another bothy en-route for Suilven, which was my penultimate Graham. I completed on Stac Pollaidh on 10 October.

Margaret Squires on Stac Pollaidh

Margaret Squires on Stac Pollaidh

Wales and England were not entirely neglected, with a trip to the Brecon Beacons and others to Sighty Crag and Kinder Scout. We have done less this year, partly due to sitting around waiting for weather windows for those elusive Grahams, partly due to picking up English Marilyns that had got left out, but mainly I suspect, due to getting older.

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