|Iain ties the Marilyn record at 1552!|
Iain Brown, from Wales, now living in Edinburgh, came to the Fair Isle to climb his "final" Marilyn in the UK. Ward Hill 217meters, this is Iain,s 1552nd Marilyn! What's a Marilyn? A Marilyn is a hill with a prominance of 150 metres or greater, , that is a drop of 150m (500 feet) on all sides There are 1554 Marilyns in Britain but the 2 inaccessible stacs in St Kilda (Stac Lee and Stac Armin) have not been climbed by any of the Marilyn Baggers, though the other hill of St Kilda are on Iain's list. So no one has completed all the Marilyns on list. Iain says that is sort of the beauty of the thing. (always one or two hills to far) Iain has travelled the length of Britain in his quest. There are only 3 others that have reached 1552 to date. Iain also walked most of the Fair Isle's coastline and the other top spots Malcolm's Head, Hoini & Vassetter. Over dinner we discussed at length Iain's wish to climbing Sheep Rock? No one has been up there in over 25 years... Congratulations Iain! you're "Tops" with us! I think he saved the best for last.
Short video interview with Iain.
For more info: Scottish Marilyns
See book: The Relative Hills of Britain by Alan Dawson
|Fair Isle from plane... Ward Hill is the highest point of the Isle.|