Marhofn 93.05 - May 2003

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Marhofn old and new

This is the fifth edition of Marhofn, the Marilyn Hall of Fame newsletter. A Marilyn is a hill of any height with a drop of 150 metres or more on all sides. In other words, a relatively high hill. There are 1552 Marilyns in Britain, and this newsletter is for people who like to climb them, especially people who have climbed 600 or more, and so are eligible for membership of the Marilyn Hall of Fame. The Marilyns are all listed in a book called The Relative Hills of Britain (RHB) by Alan Dawson, published by Cicerone Press in April 1992. Details of subsequent changes to the list of Marilyns have been published in a series of update sheets, most recently in April 2002. Marhofn is distributed free of charge to Hall of Fame members and anyone else interested, although contributions such as stamps and cheques are welcome. Many thanks to everyone who has already assisted - it is very much appreciated.

The next issue of Marhofn is likely to appear around April/May 2004. Hall members and others are encouraged to submit articles, numbers, comments, photos and cash by 31 January 2004.

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A few of the short items in this issue of Marhofn have already appeared on the RHB list and are reproduced here with authors' permission.

Marhof meeting 2003

On its pioneering visit to England and Wales, this year's meeting will be held in Ludlow over the weekend of 5-7 September 2003. As usual, everyone is welcome, partners included, not just Hall members. Dinner for the Saturday night has been booked at the Unicorn (an ancient pub with good beer and food), Lower Corve Street, Ludlow. Meet in the same pub on the Friday evening from around 8:30. Simple camping accommodation is available at Court Farm, Ashford Carbonell (SO524702, Landranger 137/138). There are numerous B&Bs in the area, and the youth hostels at Leominster and Knighton are still open. Bags of hills around, including such half-hour classics as High Vinnalls and View Edge, with 2000ft hills in nearby Radnor Forest. For further details contact Richard Webb by email to gripped@crux.u-net.com or phone on 01902 659738. For details of various types of accommodation see www.ludlow.org.uk/accomm.html

Richard Webb and company relaxing on top of Beinn Mhealaich during the Marhof 2002 gathering at Golspie

Richard Webb and company relaxing on top of Beinn Mhealaich during the Marhof 2002 gathering at Golspie

RHB update

No new summits were discovered in 2002, and there were no deletions, so the Marilyn total remains 1552, but there were two changes to trouble the conscience of dedicated baggers:

New twin peak

Carn na Coinnich (12A, LR26) has been joined on 673m by Meall nan Damh at NH353522 (source: OS 1:10000 map 1992). This is not an easy pair, as they are about 4km apart, with four other tops in between, including 671m Meall a'Bhogair Mor. Meall nan Damh is shown as Meall nan mh on some older Landrangers. Following the precedent set by the Corra-bheinn / Cruachan Dearg pair on Mull, Carn na Coinnich remains the Marilyn by virtue of its trig pillar.

New summit spot

The top of Beinn Bhreac on Skye (17B, LR32) has moved from 445m at NG343267 to 448m at NG344267 (source: OS Explorer 411). Thanks to Graham Bunn for this discovery. In an amazing frenzy of precision, Ex411 shows no fewer than 13 spot heights within the 400m contour on Beinn Bhreac, although numerous other Marilyns (including some Munros) still have no summit height shown on the latest OS maps.

Hall update

2002 landmarks

Late news

On 6 May 2003 Ann Bowker, Rowland Bowker and Rob Woodall all reached the top of Conachair (25), taking Rob to 1547, Ann 1546 and Rowland 1542.

Conachair on Hirta, the only relatively accessible Marilyn in region 25 (photo: Hamish Brown).

Conachair on Hirta, the only relatively accessible Marilyn in region 25 (photo: Hamish Brown).

Inside Marhofn 93:

Four and twenty bags full: a quarter of the Hall report in
Foula playing: Rugby helps Jon Metcalf feel snug after Sneug
Bottle bagging: Chris Crocker vindicates his lifestyle
Hall Table: new names, new members, more numbers
Obscure no more: new members blink in the spotlight of fame
47 years from Cobbler to Laired: Harrold Thomson in 14A
14 on 23 in 10: Pete Sellers on Orkney Wards and ways
Bagging with a buggy: Lynda Woods on tactics for toddlers
Evil turns good: Hamish Brown in top form on Culreoch
Furthest south: Tony Payne evaluates Malvinas Marilyns
Man on Man: Andrew Hyams celebrates his fifth century

plus tips and traps, falls and sub missions, militiamen and more...

An adder dozing in Glen Sletdale, passed en route to Carn Garbh (16D), during the Marhof 2002 Golspie gathering

An adder dozing in Glen Sletdale, passed en route to Carn Garbh (16D), during the Marhof 2002 Golspie gathering

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