Marhofn 183.10 - May 2008

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Baglog: Barbara Jones (+18=1029)

I've reached a plateau - 18 Marilyns in 2006 and 18 again last year. In chilly March I camped for two nights, taking in Dirrington Great Law, Spartleton and Meikle Says Law. Then I retreated to a B&B in Galashiels for a few nights. With the help of buses I did four more Marilyns in the area and also walked from Jedburgh to Melrose. That filled a gap, so I can now trace a continuous trail from several points on the south coast of England to Glen Finnan, with just a few gaps left en route to Cape Wrath. There was a nice mix of birds about - winter migrants and returning waders.

In May friend Jean and I did our annual Scottish backpacking trip, this time from Blair Atholl to Aviemore. Along the way we took in Munro Marilyns Beinn Dearg and Sgor Gaoith, Corbett Carn Dearg Mor and various non-Marilyns. I then carried on alone for Geal Charn and Meall na h'Aisre in strong winds, and the Grahams Creag Ruadh and Meall nan Eagan.

In October David and I struck lucky in North Wales and had one of our best hill days ever, with a cloudless blue sky and a gentle cool breeze for the Snowdon horseshoe. There was just a sprinkling of folks on Crib Goch, hoards on Snowdon, and a sprinkling again on Y Lliwedd. On the way home we popped up little Craig y Castell near Dolgellau.

The finale of the year was in the Lake District. A gale with driving snow saw a party of twenty of us turn back from Fairfield and Seat Sandal. Next day David and I went up Seat Sandal in sunshine. The following day brought more sunshine but much ice on Pike of Blisco. We had doubts about continuing on over Crickle Crags but they were virtually ice-free. Next day on Stony Cove Pike I finished Section 34C. This coming summer we plan to sail the boat back from Norway to Scotland, so who knows what Marilyns might get ticked off.

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