Marhofn 316.18 - May 2016

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Bunch of baglogs:

Andrew Finnimore (+15=315)

2015 was a far less prolific year than 2014 in terms of new Marilyn-bagging, partly because I had set my sights on summiting a couple of unique peaks further afield and partly because I wanted to re-visit some of the higher Munros, given the giant snowfields that were lingering well into the summer, just like the old days e.g. on Sgurr a'Mhaim. Also, I happened to get married in March and I did not want my new wife to immediately become a Marilyn widow.

Of my new Marilyns, the best were Beinn a'Bhaillidh on Eilean Shona, unusually heavily-clad with fresh snow, Carn a'Ghaill on Canna and Sgurr an Fharaidh on Eigg. Marilyns aside, my main targets were Mauna Kea, the world's highest mountain from base (under the Pacific) to summit and Queen Mary's Peak on Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island. Unfortunately, I failed to get to either summit due to the unusual depth of snow - where is global warming when you need it?

Mauna Kea actually had had its heaviest snowfall in living memory the day I arrived to climb it and I could not get past the visitor centre at 2700m. And during the month I was on Tristan, it was stormy and when I did try to climb to the top I had to turn back 600m below the summit due to the depth of new snow. In 2016, I plan to turn my attention to island-bagging, e.g. Irish Atlantic islands and New Zealand, but I also hope to bag a few more remote Marilyns in the Highlands and islands.

Marilyns are not just funny, they are hill areas

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