RHSoc Committee – 2019-20
Rick Salter – Chair
A Cumbria based mountaineer, chemist and traveller, Rick is passionate about all things outdoors – campervan living, coastal walking and cocker-spaniel Bryher. Along with Jen, also a Marilyn completer, they are working on a number of hill lists: Humps and mountains over 600m (Munro tops, Donalds, Simms and Nuttalls), having completed the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, Wainwrights, Birketts, Synges, and Cumbria All Lists. Rick recently entered the Dodds Hall of Fame. Britain and Ireland focused.
Chris Watson – Deputy Chair
Chris started bagging hills seriously at University and made his first foray to Scotland in 1966. He has continued in a more or less desultory fashion up to the current date. His only completed lists are the Wainwrights, the Nuttalls and the Munros. He discovered the Marilyns in the late 90s and reached the Upper Hall in 2016, since when he has largely ground to a halt.
Chris is the Hofmeister for both the Marilyns and the Humps and also chairs the Editorial Group.
Denise McLellan – Secretary
Climbing mountains has been a lifelong passion for me. Mostly, I walk with my husband, Richard. I finished my Corbetts in 2015 but am still working my way through Munros. As we live in Birmingham, our main focus is on English and Welsh Tumps and Humps, but I am nearing completion of English and Welsh Marilyns. Internationally speaking, I focus on Ultras, that is mountains with 1500m of prominence, and have done over 225 of these. I also sail, ski and kayak and bag islands, trigs and benchmarks.
Barry Smith – Treasurer
Barry was an Accountant with PWC up until retirement in 2011 and still does some part time work. He is a keen Marilyn bagger since discovering Alan Dawson’s book on Relative Hills soon after completing the Munros in 2004. In 2016 Barry completed a book ‘The Top 500 Summits’ about climbing the highest 500 Summits in Britain and Ireland with a 500 ft drop on all sides (the list closely resembles the highest 500 Marilyns). Barry lives in Loughborough, and has two children, Alex and James, and two grandchildren, both aged under three and yet to climb a mountain!
Gordon Coventry – Membership Co-ordinator
I started my hill walking with my father on Ben Lomond. In the sixties as a teenager I met up with Hamish Brown and experienced many exploits around Scotland. In this time I also met my wife, Adrienne, and introduced her to the hills. Family and work followed, and it was in the mid-eighties that we took to the hills again to complete the Munros and Corbetts. Eventually, in 2007, we discovered the Marilyns …. and the rest is history!’
Gill Stephens – Editor
Gill has completed the Munros, Corbetts and the English and Welsh Marilyns. She is now bagging her way through the Scottish Marilyns, facilitated by her recent move to Aberdeenshire.
Mark Trengove – Hof Clerk
I came late to hill-bagging, climbing my first recorded hill, High Raise, in 1996, at the age of 39. It was in 1999 that I discovered the Marilyns and since then I have been plodding along making progress in various British hill-lists, both ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’. Since I retired over two years ago, international bagging has been a bigger interest. I am never going to be a mega-bagger, as I have too many other interests and pursuits to occupy my time. However, I hope to continue to make progress, as long as my ageing knees allow me.
Jon has been visiting relatively hilly places since before he could walk. After his rock-climbing days had largely ceased, he continued to enjoy hill walking, and eventually got around to counting how many Marilyns he had visited. To his surprise, this was under one hundred, not very good for someone who thought he was experienced. It took a little longer to get hooked on bagging them. He has no intention of completing them or any other list, but they are a great excuse and motivator, and lead to some fine places, and some good friendships.