Marhofn 269.15 - May 2013

Assynt from Foinaven (photo: Alastair Swanston)

Assynt from Foinaven (photo: Alastair Swanston)


From our editor

Martin Richardson

Welcome to the 2013 edition of the magazine for baggers of Marilyns and related prominent hills of Britain. Thanks to everyone for their written efforts. Despite 2012 being the wettest year since Gore-Tex was invented, it does not seem to have dampened the bagger spirit very much. The number of members of the Hall of Fame continues to grow at a steady pace. This was helped by efforts from Chris Watson, who turned detective and identified the real names of individuals who were pseudonymously logging their totals on the hill-bagging website. He has persuaded a number of them to confess and some of them have even completed the new member questionnaire - see their answers inside.

As part of the editing process, I have found a number of HoF members who expressed surprise and ignorance about the existence of the online Marilyn bagging mailing list to be found at:
It is an ongoing discussion group that you can join in via email or on the web. Amongst other things, it helps you keep up-to-date with changes in hill status, changes in access and about planned trips and expeditions. It is open to anyone who is interested. Why not give it a try?

So that is enough from me for now, except to thank Chris Watson, the new keeper of the Hall of Fame list, who did his task with fortitude and grace.

A new Marilyn, a new Marilyn
Everybody's lookin' for a new Marilyn
Everywhere I go, everywhere I been
Everybody's lookin' for a new Marilyn
- Vonda Shepard

2013 Annual Dinner and AGM

Iain D Brown

Saturday 31 August 2013 - 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Giggleswick School, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 0DE, OS map 98 at SD809640. For directions and public transport details see:

Cost for the annual dinner is £20. Vegan and vegetarian options are available. Everyone is welcome - including friends and partners.

Bed and breakfast is available in the school on the Friday and Saturday night - however, not on Sunday night - for £24 per person per night. Motorhomes are £5 per night.

On Friday 30 August, 7pm onwards, meet for a drink in the Hart's Head Hotel, Giggleswick SD812641.

Please order and pay Iain for the dinner and bed and breakfast before 10 August. Make cheques payable to 'Mr I D Brown' and send to:

Roselea, 39 Garth Road, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3AR.
Telephone: 01982 553068
Mobile: 07936 170691 - switched off until 27 August.

Busy tamperers

The tamperers were as busy as ever in 2012. However, thankfully there was only one major change with regard to the Marilyn list. The Marilyn status was switched between the Corbetts, Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais and Buidhe Bheinn. If you had bagged both it made no difference to your total; if you had only got the former you lost a Marilyn and if you had only got the latter, you gained one. For summaries of changes in other lists, see inside.

Hello, Buidhe Bheinn (photo: Richard Webb)

Hello Buidhe Bheinn (photo: Richard Webb)

Goodbye, Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais (photo: David McSporran)

Goodbye, Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais (photo: David McSporran)


About Marhofn 269.15

This is the 15th edition of Marhofn, the magazine for Marilyn baggers. It was edited by Martin Richardson, with significant statistical assistance from Chris Watson and proofreading by Alan Dawson. Marhofn is distributed free of charge to members of the Marilyn Hall of Fame and anyone else interested. The next Marhofn will appear in Spring 2014, all being well. Bag totals, articles, baglogs, letters and pictures should be submitted no later than the end of January 2014.

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Away above the chimney tops, that''s where you''ll find me.
- E.Y. Harburg