Marhofn 196.11 - May 2009

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Baglog: Jon Metcalf (+40=1062)

For the fifth year in a row my new Marilyn crop was smaller than the year before. There were 41 new ticks (just over half in Wales), one net zero revised top (Thorpe Fell Top) and one net -1 for not going back to Botley Hill (yet - though the lack of urgency I feel on this is palpable). The girls thought the idea of a moving Marilyn was hilarious, which just goes to show that they lack tectonic perspective. I expect to enjoy my next 'last' English Marilyn as much as the first two, as well as a rich supply of future such dates, thanks to Mr Barnard.

Highpoints of 2008:

Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir: a round offering one of the best summits I know (hands in pocket to get up) and a non-scrambly uber-ridge.

Garbh Bheinn (3A): ace ridge, steep, snowy, perfect sunny day, great view of Aggy ridge, bit of rock, everything really.

Cadair Berwyn: if Carling did waterfalls...

Moel Siabod: a fine hill, made rather poignant by intense MRT dog and helicopter activity, until a body was recovered from the previous day.

Carneddau (31B): Jonathan Woods' 1000th, via a weird right-of-way through a manicured garden at the bottom.

Cruach nan Cuilean (19C): a very enjoyable hill, where well- choreographed wisps of mist spared us the turbines.

Great events of 2008:

Hall of shame for 2008:

2008 will only ever feel raw to look back on for family reasons, but I'm looking forward to better times ahead and already enjoying life a lot more than a couple of months ago, thanks in large part to the girls, walking and work friends.

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