Marhofn 316.18 - May 2016

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Bunch of baglogs:

Roger Squires (+75=1437) and Margaret Squires (+75=1423)

In 2015, Margaret had to attend a speed awareness course, the result of driving round unfamiliar roads in the south of England with an eye more on the hills than whether the speed limit had changed from 50 to 40. So she was ultra-cautious in region 41, which we polished off over a week in March.

Then came a whole batch of Marilyns on small islands; Cruachan Charna, Beinn na h'Iolaire, five on the Bishop Isles, Carn a'Ghaill, Gometra and Cruach Scarba. We alternated these with visiting Barra, Islay, Jura, Mull and Eigg but still have unvisited hills on the Uists, Skye and Lewis, not to mention many in Wales. Why did they have to build it so far away from Scotland? Tangling with the newly classified Marilyn of Sithean Mor left us with a new respect for the Marilyn pioneers who tried out all the obvious ways on the map that turned out to be horrible, so the rest of us went a different route.

A trip to Wales in company with old friends from university and a final sweep round the Midlands and Devon and Cornwall Marilyns ended our bagging year.

Amazingly, given the weather, we spotted more adders than embedded ticks in the year: the ticks' pathetic late attempt to equalise in October on Eigg only brought their score to five, compared to the adders' eight.

Adders on Druim Leathad nam Fias (photo: Roger Squires)

Adders on Druim Leathad nam Fias (photo: Roger Squires)

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