Marhofn 196.11 - May 2009

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Baglog: Andy Hyams (+71 =1008)

For various reasons, not least a very painful attack of bursitis, the number of days I spent on the hill fell from 135 in 2007 to 93 in 2008. There was no lack of variety, location ranging from Cornwall's Brown Willy to the Harris Grahams. For the first time in fifteen years, the majority of my walks were outside Scotland. The biggest category to increase was Deweys, of which I managed to add 118. I completed the English Hewitts and require only a handful of peaks to finish both the Donald Deweys and the English Nuttalls.

My most significant event was reaching four figures on 7 October. The plan was for the 1000th to be one of the Cowal Grahams, but the weather was so bad that the thousand came up on the more modest Cruach nan Cuilean (19C). 2008 was also the year I was forced to recognise that age has crept up on me, as I am much less confident and footsure than a few years ago. This painful truth really hit home on Arran in July when I chickened out of the final move to the summits of two Graham Tops on the east ridge of Caisteal Abhail. Unless I can find someone with a rope, Pillar Rock is therefore likely to remain unvisited, but I hope to complete the remainder of the English Nuttalls in 2009 along with the Donald Deweys, although the main focus will be on my 33 remaining Grahams.

The most amusing moment of the year was arriving on the summit of Pendle Hill (36) to find the trig completely wrapped in a Harry Potter blanket; presumably to keep the witches at bay. However, given the economic collapse that occurred in the second half of 2008, I should like to nominate as my hill of the year a modest little Donald Dewey just south-east of Green Lowther (27C) that goes by the name of Crooked Bank.

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