Marhofn 294.17 - May 2015

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Baglog bonanza:

Hilary Neilson (+91=541)

2014 was a great bagging year for me, with 91 new Marilyns and a good spread over the hill heights. Island Marilyns are always special for me and I managed trips to Rum and Skye, with Trotternish being one of the undoubted highlights of the year.

On the bigger hills, I had a couple of trips to the Fannichs, Glen Strathfarrar, Beinn Dearg group, a number of trips to the Glen Shiel area, and I managed to finish the Mamores. Marilyns involved in all those trips. It was a decent year for me on the bigger hills, and weather-wise it was kind. I am a confirmed weather chaser, and will always lower my hill sights to suit the cloud level as I hate having my head in the clouds.

Another highlight was finally cracking Stac Pollaidh having failed to pass the sentry on a previous trip. We have so many special areas, but Assynt is so very special. Some other Marilyns climbed in the year and well worthy of a mention were Ben Hiant (superb hill), Tom Meadhoin (stunning views), Broughton Heights (a far nicer walk than I had imagined), and many more, but better not rattle on.

Not many low points, as I find enjoyment in any hill, but I did not enjoy Strathfinella Hill much, on a dire day with cloud down even on this. I got a bit spooked whilst ferretting around the trees looking for the summit and ran all the way back to the car after finding the summit.

Outside Scotland, I managed one trip to the Lakes, bagging High Street and some of its outliers, and while my son was having a birthday treat with his friends in Blackpool, I managed to slip away to Longridge Fell and Easington Fell; always seize an opportunity to be had.

I hope 2015 is as productive, though I doubt it. The still-to-climb list within a reasonable drive is getting shorter and repeats much more common. I also have to admit to discovering the Humps. I hope to reach 600 Marilyns in 2015 and I very much look forward to that.

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