Marhofn 280.16 - May 2014

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Baglogs (72 of them):

Sue and Trevor Littlewood (+20=1163)

Yet again a very active outdoor year in 2013 - 108 days spent out on hills - but with paltry new Marilyns to report. There was good news on the list-adjustment front - no deletions to affect our totals and two new relative hills discovered in southern Scotland giving reasonably near-to-home targets. Marilyn bagging for the year began as late as April with a trip to Strathcarron, near Bonar Bridge, where there was distinctly mixed weather on offer. There were days of rain but sunny ones too. Unfortunately on many of the sunny days there was a screaming wind sufficient to cause dust storms as soil was torn from dry fields near to the coast. Local news reports told of snow-ploughs being used to clear roads of earthy deposits. A Corbett and a few Grahams were visited - including Carn Chuinneag on a very fine day - but more of the local, lesser Marilyns both north and south of Dornoch Firth were bagged.

Carn Chuinneag from its West Top (photo: Trevor Littlewood)

Carn Chuinneag from its West Top (photo: Trevor Littlewood)

Our second two-week trip was made in May when again the weather was limiting. There was a revisit to The Saddle via the Forcan Ridge on a day on which fine weather seemed likely to develop, but did not; it drizzled instead. Another Munro revisit was to Beinn Sgritheall - that was on a truly splendid day, probably the best single day's outing of the year in the UK.

Our usual Alpine visit in August had us on a hutting trip around, but not on, the Matterhorn. There was mainly fine weather, but a storm at a critical point in Cervinia meant that a glacier crossing to Zermatt could not be made. The walk would have been one of around 16km, instead a road journey of 225km was necessary.

In Wales, in September, two new Marilyns on the Lleyn peninsula were climbed, Carneddol and Carn Fadryn. On a second Welsh trip in the month, when more attention was given to Hewitt and Nuttall bagging, we managed the Marilyns of Esgeiriau Gwynion and Cyrniau Nod.

The final bagging of the year was done from a base near Spean Bridge from where three outstanding Marilyns were visited including Sgurr Choinich and Meall Blair on the north side of Loch Arkaig. Some notable mountains can be accessed from Loch Arkaig, whereas those two are probably the least interesting and are very wet underfoot.

Beinn Sgritheall (photo: Trevor Littlewood)

Beinn Sgritheall (photo: Trevor Littlewood)

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