Marhofn 294.17 - May 2015

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Baglog bonanza:

Alison Fox (+52=1230)

Wow, what a year 2014 was for me. However, it was quiet on climbing new hills, mostly because of a great month I spent as a Clydesider in the summer. Nevertheless, I did sneak up Dumgoyne and Cort-ma Law on days off. Arthur's Seat as a marshal on a charity challenge in September was just fantastic.

As usual I was out repeating Munros. The Cairnwell on a scorching November day, a gloriously snowy Bynack More in October and Carn na Caim in both October and November.

I like crowded hills and my first new hills of 2014 were very busy indeed. North Berwick Law and Craigendarroch were memorable both for the weather and for the atmosphere.

A few quiet hills though, mostly during a September week out in the Western Isles and Skye. There are some good wee hills on the Skye coast and Biod an Athair was just great with that 300m drop to the sea.

Spartleton was also eerily quiet, although a 4.00am ascent on 21 June may explain why.

As usual, I met other people I know when out in the hills. A big thank-you to Eddie Dealtry for blethering into the night at Inverness SYHA and giving me loads of ideas for ascents. And an even bigger thank-you to Andrew Simmonds for the lift over Mam Ratagan on a scorching Easter weekend and for his advice on the hills I was doing that day. Beinn Mhialairigh and Glas Bheinn both went a treat.

The after-too-many-festive-parties-season just before the winter solstice was filled with a few hills near Loch Awe and I got to see sunrise on Tom an t-Saighdeir, thanks to a chat with the forestry guys.

Finally there was jingle bells on Catbells on Christmas Day in the crowds. Long time since I did that one, then Latrigg the next day. And just to finish off, a repeat climb of Meikle Bin on 28 December when we saw a conifer covered in tinsel a few hundred metres from the summit. What a great idea.

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