RHSoc Committee – 2020-21
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 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.
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 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.
A listaholic who in his time has ticked Shostakovich symphonies, Munros, birds, plants, 24-hour hillrunning challenges, Marilyns, Humps, Trig points, benchmarks, islands, Ultras, Ribus and Tumps. First to complete the Marilyns – by an hour! Also enjoys documenting the bagging scene. Fond of cake and whisky with friends in a summit setting.