Marhofn 316.18 - May 2016

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Bunch of baglogs:

Tony Deall (+32=910)

As anticipated there was a slow start to 2015, as recovery from major back surgery slowly proceeded. Eight kilometres on the flat was the strict instruction at first, though interpretation became ever more elastic. A trip south in April gave Lewesdon Hill and Hardown Hill in warm sunny conditions to finally complete the English Marilyns. Black Mountain on the same trip was the only concession to Wales, which remains at a miserly 21.

The rest of the year's trips were largely dedicated to Graham hunting and the to-do total was eventually reduced from 38 to a very acceptable seven, however - see later. A few repeat Munros also figured including a completion party on Mull's Ben More in August and a very enjoyable snowy outing up Beinn Bhuidhe in November sunshine.

Graham highlights included the wee gem of An Ruadh-mheallan behind Beinn Alligin and the eventual completion of all the Grahams on Skye. Marsco stands out despite less than perfect weather, and a retreat from Sligachan's Beinn Dearg Mhor in high winds resulted in an exploration of Elgol with its grandstand views to Sgurr na Stri. A boat trip to Loch Coruisk is now on the agenda.

Several long days were also memorable. Croit Bheinn in Moidart was followed by Meith Bheinn in Morar on successive fine days in August, though sadly An Stac had to be left for another trip. A delightful overnight stay in Barrisdale mean that Slat Bheinn and Meall nan Eun were picked off before driving round and rediscovering Arnisdale and the rather remote Druim Fada and Beinn Clachach.

Croit Bheinn (photo: Michael Earnshaw)

Croit Bheinn (photo: Michael Earnshaw)

An Cruachan had always been a concern but proved to be doable on another long day from Iron Lodge, to the accompaniment of the rut and a handy bike-ride up and down Glen Elchaig. Finally, a foray east allowed Scaraben and marvellous Morven to be visited. A surfeit of blanket bog was enough excuse to leave the Marilyns of Maiden Pap and Smean for another time.

Scottish trips over, I decided to use some wet days in December to transfer records to the hill-bagging website. This was mainly successful in that the two lists were remarkably similar. The Graham requirements for completion are now eight, though having completed the Corbetts some years ago, I feel less impetus to make an urgent return.

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