Marhofn 280.16 - May 2014

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Baglogs (72 of them):

David Baird (+25=663)

I was rather slack in 2013 and find with some dismay that I only conquered 25 new Marilyns out of 32 ascended. However, I managed to complete all those in England, Wales and the Isle of Man, finishing in October on Cadair Berwyn. I did claim to have done all the English Marilyns last year but in April I re-ascended a couple in the Lake District, just to be sure.

I had a slightly unfortunate experience in west Wales. In July my wife and I took the boat on a glorious sunny day to Bardsey Island to climb Mynydd Enlli. But two days later the dastardly survey team, much too late in my opinion, visited and promoted the Submarilyn Mynydd Anelog, about six km away on the mainland. So I had to trail back down there later in the year to bag it. My fault of course for ignoring threatening Submarilyns. I will try not to be caught that way again.

In Scotland most of the action was Orkney and Shetland, where I collected, among others, the highest hill in each archipelago. But now the only option for new Marilyns is north of the border, so I look forward to visits there in 2014. Shades of Munro days.

Best day was probably the Tarrenhendre to Tarren y Gesail traverse above Abergynolwyn on a fine day in May, topped and tailed by two of the smaller Marilyns on the other side of the valley.

Congratulations to the surveyors for removing the ambiguity from two prominent Scottish twin Marilyns this year, even though from my point of view they fixed on the wrong candidate in one case. It is a hard life.

Tarren y Gesail (photo: David Baird)

Tarren y Gesail (photo: David Baird)

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