Marhofn 294.17 - May 2015

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Derek Sime (619)

My interest in Marilyns began... after being hooked on hillwalking from 1975 when a colleague at work took me, on a clear frosty day in February, to Lochnagar, having camped in sub-zero temperatures at Ballater. Until very recently I was not aware of the term Marilyn. However, I was told in early 2014 by a hillwalking friend that I had probably done over 600, having completed all the Munros, Corbetts and Furths, and a good few Grahams, as well as a number of island hills.

My favourite Marilyns are... difficult to choose. Of the Munros, probably An Teallach as it is so spectacular and in a fantastic setting, but the choice is a difficult one. Of the Corbetts, possibly neighbouring Beinn Dearg Mor, a superbly remote Fisherfield classic. In terms of the Grahams, it probably has to be Suilven, although I have only climbed it once - must go back some day. Finally, of the lower Marilyns, there can be no doubt - Conachair on St Kilda, climbed on a day trip from Leverburgh in absolutely idyllic conditions in June 2013 - a day I will never forget, also fulfilling a long-held ambition to get to St Kilda.

My least favourite Marilyns are... again a difficult choice, but I was on Creag Tharsuinn in 2014 and with the blanket forestry and nearby wind farm, it must rank among the least favourite. The weather was dire too.

Do I keep Marilyn bagging a secret? I am not sure I could really be termed a Marilyn bagger, as getting to the magic 600 just happened and that was seven years previously - I was not even aware of it. Currently, I'm slowly getting round the Grahams, but my main interest is just getting out on the hills, more often than not on Munro revisits. Any Marilyns done in passing are a bonus, but now that I am aware of them, I may start to take a greater interest in them, in Scotland at least. I am unlikely ever to climb them all, especially the nondescript lumps and bumps with summits on golf courses and reputedly in people's back gardens. My enthusiasm for the hills and mountains is certainly not something that I keep secret.

I... also make an annual trip to the Alps, variously to Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy and have climbed 41 Alpine four-thousanders - a good number of them with local guides. I am also a past-president of the Munro Society and current editor of their newsletter.

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