Marhofn 316.18 - May 2016

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Meet some new members:

Tove Illing

My interest in Marilyns began... with my husband Graham's 1000th Marilyn, which was not really a date (at least not meant to be), but then he gave me a copy of The Relative Hills of Britain, so I just had to join him again. I am an unusual Hall member as I have only bagged 22 Munros. I have done the highest and lowest Marilyns, finished the most southern and the most northern sections, and of the 600 Marilyns, climbed 50% of those lower than 500m and 29% of those less than 400m. I have also been privileged to go the most amazing places in the British Isles, in sun, rain, mist and cloud with some great friends.

My favourite Marilyn is... tricky to name - any of the Scottish ones with wide views of mountains and sea, sunny weather and blue skies. Maybe Ward Hill on Fair Isle in Shetland. An amazing flight to get there, a warm welcome from the locals, great views of sea cliffs and green hills and lots of Fair Isle knitted jumpers (another hobby in addition to hillwalking).

My least favourite Marilyns are... any in rain, cloud and high winds. My first Marilyn, Tarrenhendre in Wales, ticked all the boxes. I was unfamiliar with bagging obsessions so when Graham left me in the mist to confirm the summit point, I did not really get this and was not sure if he would return. He did. My kit was so wet that I had to buy a new wallet and dry my pound notes on the washing line when I got home. I quickly learned the British trick of having a plastic bag inside your rucksack.

Do I keep Marilyn bagging a secret? No, but friends do not understand it.

I... think I am the only Norwegian in the Hall. I enjoy many different activities in addition to Marilyn bagging, mostly nice sunny walks with a picnic lunch, foreign adventures with climbing and culture, in addition to the odd city break with exhibitions and architecture.

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