Marhofn 316.18 - May 2016

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Bunch of baglogs:

Bert Barnett (+0=1445)

I have enjoyed Marhofn over the years, although this did not affect my hill activity. I have retained all the copies and have some spares that I had acquired for friends, e.g. Bill Forbes, when I was instrumental in collecting from the printers and helping with distribution.

My Marilyn bagging took off in 1997 and averaged 179 for the next four years, which were mostly new hills. The next ten years averaged 120, but these were increasingly repeats as I gravitated towards repeats of the Munros, Corbetts and Grahams, which I still pursue. I am not enamoured with the concept of landmarks in accomplishing a round number of hills on a list, 600, 1000, as it does not mean anything, as against finishing a list.

High moments in bagging hills: I have enjoyed the social aspect of a special day, but I am wary of the notion of inviting people up a hill on a fixed date. I do recollect satisfaction after a hard day on the hill, especially when the route looks beyond me at the outset; e.g. Muaitheabhal, Beinn Mhor, Cipeagil Bheag, Caiteseal.

Low moments: too many to mention, mostly days when my hair is full of pine needles, and long drives amongst the Welsh valleys, an exercise difficult to justify. I would not recommend Marilyn bagging to anyone living in Scotland. Far better to enjoy the qualities of high-level walking available on the Munros and Corbetts. Living outwith Scotland is a different matter, where the options in RHB for a hill day not far from home are clearly appealing.

As for the end of Marhofn, mixed, in that I enjoy the items which I would not find elsewhere. Knowing the contributors adds to the involvement. I no longer read the baglogs; I have read it all before. The future? Third Grahams and third Donalds after fifth Munros are bagged this year.

Place Fell, a relative hill in Britain (photo: Jim Fothergill)

Place Fell, a relative hill in Britain (photo: Jim Fothergill)

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