RHSoc Committee - 2020-21
Rick Salter - Chair
A Cumbria-based mountaineer, chemist and traveller, Rick is passionate about all things outdoors - hills, campervan living, coastal walking and cocker-spaniel Bryher. Along with Jen, also a Marilyn completer, they are working on a number of hill lists: Mainly mountains over 600m (Munro tops, Donalds, Simms and Nuttalls), plus the odd Hump as time permits. Having completed the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, Wainwrights, Birketts, Synges, and Cumbria All Lists, Rick recently entered the Dodds Hall of Fame and with Jen is close to completing English and Welsh 2000 footers.
Chris Watson - Deputy Chair / Membership Secretary
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 also currently the Membership Coordinator for RHSoc. He has been the Hofmeister for both Marilyns and Humps for many years.
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!
Jon Foote - Editor
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.
Other committee roles
Jill Robertson - Secretary
Jill lives in The Lake District and spends her time undertaking hill lists in Cumbria. Completed Wainwrights, Wainwright Outlying Fells and Cumbrian Marilyns. Currently doing Birketts, Synges and Fellrangers.
Denise McLellan - Events Secretary
Climbing mountains has been a lifelong passion for Denise. Mostly, Denise walks with her husband, Richard. She finished her Corbetts in 2015 but is still working her way through Munros. As Denise lives in Birmingham, her main focus is on English and Welsh Tumps and Humps, but she is nearing completion of English and Welsh Marilyns. Internationally speaking, Denise focuses on Ultras, that is mountains with 1500m of prominence, and has done over 225 of these. Denise also sails, skis and kayaks and bags islands, trigs and benchmarks.
Dave Chaffey - Webmaster
Dave completed the Munros in 1994, and has been slowly working on the Corbetts since then and is around the 200 mark. He's taken a while since most weekends and holidays are taken up competing in orienteering events. He is also nearing completion of the Derbyshire Tumps and 'starting to think about' the Welsh and English Marilyns. Webmaster duties follow on naturally from advising on digital marketing since the 1990s, including writing several books on digital marketing which have been translated into many languages.
Andy Tomkins - Hofmeister - Manages hall of fame applications
Andy started hillwalking in the mid-1980s, in his early 20s. He lived in the south of England at the time, so his bagging was sporadic. He discovered the Marilyns in 2001 but it wasn’t until moving to North West England in 2007 that he started to seriously climb them. He entered the Marilyn Hall of Fame in 2015 and completed both the
English and the Welsh Marilyns in 2016. Since then, Marilyns have taken a back seat and Andy’s current focus is on the English and Welsh Simms and Dodds.