Marhofn 294.17 - May 2015

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Baglog bonanza:

David Batty (+93=608)

In terms of hills climbed, 2014 was my most fruitful year so far. I reached 600 Marilyns, completed the Corbetts and Donalds, made a big dent in the Grahams (78 to go) and was on Skye for a third ascent of the In Pinn. I managed a total of 210 listed hills, 93 being first-time Marilyns. Possessing a camper van and being willing to venture onto most hills alone is a great help, although I do enjoy company. I had several excellent trips including Arran, Mull, Helmsdale, Skye, Inchnadamph and Torridon.

Hard to choose the best, however the trip to Oban bothy in early April to climb An Stac, Meith Bheinn and Druim a'Chuirn takes some beating. Taking the boat up Loch Morar to the bothy, which we had to ourselves, gave plenty of time to enjoy the hills and soak up the marvellous, remote, unspoilt country. The weather was kind and I topped and tailed the trip with other ascents. Helmsdale was also a very fine trip. I organised a cottage for a June week and was joined by six other Munro Society members in fabulous weather. Highlights included the Griams, Morven, Scaraben, Ben Armine, Creag Mhor, Smean and Maiden Pap. It is a long way north but I managed a total of 16 Marilyns on the trip to make it all worthwhile.

The three Grahams I climbed near Torridon were a joy. I have seldom been in country with so many attractive high-level lochans. I spent an hour at one in the company of red-throated divers. The Skye trip was mainly dedicated to climbing the Cuillin hills for a third time. I already knew it but it confirmed that I do not have the same bottle for exposed ridges that I used to have. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and managed a few new Marilyns while there. While at Inchnadamph I finally climbed the hills in the Ben Mor Coigach group and was not disappointed. They are superb. Arran in March was very tough. The weather was dreadful and we had to use up the spare day and add on another just to get the Corbetts. I look forward to going back in 2015.

I completed the Corbetts on Beinn Odhar in April in truly appalling weather, the Donalds on Cauldcleuch Head in September, and reached 600 Marilyns in October on Cat Law. The big push for 2015 is to complete the Grahams, which will be mainly a solo enterprise. Lots of great trips are already falling into place, however, in the company of friends, including Harris, Torridon, Kintail and Knoydart, to ensure that 2015 is another fruitful year.

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