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Only one Marilyn bagging trip in 2015, 15 days in May and June, mostly on Mull, where I stayed at the excellent Craignure bunkhouse. On a wet day, I revisited Airds Hill and Na Maoilean for their relocated summits en route to the Marhof dinner. The final day was Alan Holmes's boat trip to Scarba. Twenty-nine Marilyns including seven Grahams plus sundry Humps, Tumps and trigpoint pillars bagged. Highlights of the trip were:
The only other Marilyns bagged were the new ones of Kirriereoch Hill and Lamberton Hill over two days at the end of September.
When I look back over the 11 years since I entered the Hall, I am struck by how my year-end totals for every year (maintained automatically on a spreadsheet) are so much lower now than when I reported them. The difference ranges from -3 in 2005 to -8 in 2007, 2012 and 2013, resulting from demotions, promotions and revisits for a more accurate summit location. I also note that my league position has gradually ascended from 132 in 2005 to 27 in 2014 and this is what I will miss most from the demise of Marhofn.
I first climbed Scottish hills on a four-day Munro-bagging trip with three friends in May 1995. My next trip was three days the following May with two friends, followed by a five-day trip in September with just the one. In September 1997, with nobody else interested, I had an eight-day solo trip to Glen Coe and Glen Nevis. On the last day in Glencoe I met a couple of lads from my home area, one of whom, Pete Hamilton, was on his second round of Munros and had also done the Corbetts. I joined their four-day trip to Braemar that November and from then on we had five or six trips each year, one of which was a fortnight and most of the others a week, which quickly racked up the Munro numbers.
I joined the Hall in 2005, and in my introductory report I said how I had found RHB in 2002, the same year I completed the Munros. I naively thought I must have already done several hundred, but once I cross-referenced my spreadsheets I was soon put straight. I ended 2002 on 373. I continued going on Scottish trips with Pete, who is a serial Munroist, interspersed with solo trips to areas with no Munros, primarily south and east Scotland. Our last joint trip was in July 2011 as it was becoming impractical to combine our differing targets, so from then on my bagging trips were all solo. So it has been great to go on Alan Holmes's trips to areas and islands that I would probably have never visited on my own and meet up with so many fellow baggers.
I have never wanted paper copies of the newsletter. From 153.08 I have used the website versions. Looking back at the end 2005 Hall table, it is gratifying to see that with my current total I would be in position 7. If all goes to plan, two 10-day trips in 2016 should get me to 1550 with the St Kilda stacks, Fair Isle, Foula and Scalpay left. But will there be anywhere to report it?
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