Marhofn 294.17 - May 2015

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Baglog bonanza:

Andrew Finnimore (+300=1060)

Well, so much for my plans to tick off the odd Marilyn after retiring. Addiction well and truly set in after reaching 100 new Marilyns below 600m in June 2014 and by the end of the year I had got to 300. Admittedly, living in Fort William, having relatives in Alness and Edinburgh, and no longer having to limit my hillwalking to weekends and holidays, all helped the cause. Plus, the majority of the summits were what you might call the lower-hanging fruit.

Undoubted highlight was completing the 18 Shetland Marilyns in a nine-day trip, despite having to contend with the tail-end of Hurricane Bertha. The flights to Foula and Fair Isle were seriously scary. Other gems included Sgurr na Stri (best view) and Gometra (alas no view, due to sea fog).

There were also some customary moments of torture, most notably Law Kneis (deforested trackless hell) and Benbeoch, where I got myself well and truly stuck in neck-high bracken, gorse and brambles in a futile attempt to take a short cut.

My 1000th Marilyn was one of the easiest - Mile Hill near Kirriemuir, which I climbed in September. What next? I am looking forward to visiting some of the more remote island Marilyns, and while on the subject of remote islands, my main target for 2015 is to reach the summit of St Mary's Peak on Tristan da Cunha in the south Atlantic.

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