Marhofn 294.17 - May 2015

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Baglog bonanza:

Tony Smith (+56=1404)

Old habits. After an even slower start than in 2013 (nothing until late April this time and an obvious prompt for a 2015 new year resolution), 2014 rather surprisingly turned out to be another good hill year, even if numbers were, inevitably, rather lower than the winter armchair planning target. There is something to be said for quality, as opposed to quantity, after all.

The September Hebridean trip once again provided the obvious highlight of the year, perhaps the highlight of a good many years, come to think of it. This was, of course, the successful trip out to St Kilda. Successful thanks to favourable sea conditions and the invaluable support of the lead climbers in the group (thank you guys, you know who you are). Had excellent company for the whole week, including the spotty dogs on Beinn Mholach (again you know who you are). Sixteen new Marilyns in ten days can never be less than satisfying but these specific hills were so very much more than that.

Lowlights were fortunately few and mostly as a result of poor weather rather than, for example, terrain, barbed wire or GOMLs. That said, poor route-finding on Y Garn (I stayed on the path too long for a rather desperate exit from the trees) and deep bracken on Sithean na Raplaich would be in the 'do not repeat' file. The latter walk was however redeemed by a good pine marten sighting, a first in the wild for me.

And so we look to 2015. I have got 150 realistic targets from the Cape Wrath area right down to south Wales to aim at so, apart from anything else, I can again see a fair few road kilometres being clocked.

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