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evelyn
2005-05-05 14:03:50
Big limit on credit card
Well, Bleck Cra, I'm not that rich!! My credit card generally hides the fact that I go hiking overseas, and at the end of the year, just as I've finished paying it off, another destination beckons! With cheap flights, and 2* accomodation I usually come home and show my friends my photos of the mountains, tiny villages, volcanic scenery, deserted coves (yes there are deserted sandy coves, with clean sea water on Mallorca and in the Canaries - I have proof I was there), and fantastic coastal views that I've come across while they show me photos of a crowded beach, covered by peeling red cabbages, counting down the hours before the bar opens again - I know which one I'd prefer!!!
Bleck Cra
2005-05-04 17:32:49
Praise Be
Evelyn - you are too kind and clearly very rich: I love these qualities in a woman, especially the latter. And just to save a stamp, welcome home Vertical, the calf is fatted - poor oul prodigal waif.
evelyn
2005-05-04 09:56:29
If there were more Bleck Cra's
I wouldn't classify myself as either experienced or novice in the mountains, but one thing i have learnt is, listen to others on the mountainside! I always enjoy reading EVERYBODY'S comments, but I am wondering has Bleck Cra been published? If so, what's the title, and if not why not? One of the recent posts by our good friend was about some know it alls in the Mournes, and how they were not so happy about getting some advice! A few years ago, weather forecast was to be clear and sunny, I found myself struggling to find my way back down Bearnagh with visibility down to a few metres, the wall was a great help, but even more so, I met two "locals"who saw me down to Hares Gap, and after a shared coffee and some buns as a way of thank you, they continued on towards Donard, while I decided to head for home. I was a novice in those days, I have many mountains now under my feet, but as I spread my wings and walk through spectacular landscape on La Gomera in the Canaries, Serra de Tramantona in Mallorca, the West Highlands of Scotland, and very soon - the Bernese Oberland those two strangers I met in the Mournes always stick in my mind, they came out from the mist, guided me down to safety and then went on their way, I probably would have been fine, but for those few tense momments I was glad of the advice, it encouraged me to go further, and now on occasion I give advice when asked by strangers to my well trodden paths! Keep walking Bleck Cra, and keep giving advice, I certainly would welcome avdice in a place I didn't know!!
Bleck Cra
2005-05-04 07:35:43
Phews
Awwwl right Vertical. Wise up. Is this spot not about views? Yours is frequently included, often amusing and always enthusiastic, but as a reader and contributor, I'm just as interested in Zorba's. Sometimes in this game it can be rewarding to take a step back to better see the view. What say you? No pics included. ..... and can we get back on track please.
CaptainVertigo
2005-05-03 22:16:03
"Tara: Seat of the High Kings" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
Picture: Tara: Seat of the High Kings (Contract pics)

ON MATURE REFLECTION
I have had the opportunity to reflect overnight on the current crisis. I must concede that Sorbus has a made a fair and reasonable point which I have taken on board, at last. My deep love of the "rough and tumble" prevented me from responding calmly at first. As in mountains, so in life...onwards and upwards...escalation. But "on mature reflection" I suspect that Sorbus is in fact a vehicle for the articulation of thoughts shared by others who have , thus far, bitten their tongues. The wise words of the Bleck compound a sense of humility and desire for reconciliation. Let us now go forward in peace and never again veer from the "track" of righteousness.
sorbus
2005-05-03 21:52:15
NAVAAAAAN HILLWALKERS
I don't know what others members think ,but I'm beginning to find Navan Hillwalkers tiresome and in particular their so called leader Captain Horizontal.I suggest that they be banned from the site or at least be limited to one comment between them all per month.
CaptainVertigo
2005-04-29 17:50:03
The Seven Sevens
***NA SEACHT SEACHTANNA***NEWSFLASH****I have discovered an Organisation called "The Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association" They RACE the 7x7s...while the rest of us walk. Walkers get to go any route they wish. In theory this means that one could begin with Donard, then waltz over to Meelbeg, then back to Commedagh and so on. But the Mountain Runs Folk follow a FIXED route as their publicity reveals. I quote:"The Mourne Seven Sevens will start from Donard car park on Saturday the 7th August at 10.00 am. [for runners...walkers start from 7am] The route will be on a fixed course taking the hills concerned in the following order…. Donard, Commedagh, Bearnagh, Meelmore, Meelbeg, Ben Crom Dam, Binnian, Lamagan, and back to the finish at the Pavilion in Donard Park." I find this very helpful as a potential walker of the 7.7s. I suspect that, since the RUNNERS take a fixed route, you can say ipso facto that theirs is the shortest. {Editor's Note: "Captain, the kind of folk who like to race up and down mountains may have other motivations than the avoidance of suffering..."} Yes thank you Editor, I realise that. but I still strongly suspect that the RUNNERS ROUTE is the best route, and the one we should all take. """"""""""I would love to hear comments from any of you who have already "done" the Seven Sevens: what route you took, weather, navigation, duration, age range of participants. Do tell all please.
simon3
2005-04-28 13:16:10
Peak Bagging
Yeah, you sometimes get that thing about ticking off lists, usually with comparisons with trainspotting or stamp-collecting. But summitting brings me to so many interesting places away from the honey-pots and brings benefits in widening appreciation of the hills. If you are into hillwalking what set of activities and goals has anyone got and did they ever make sense?

Speaking of goals you can reduce any sport if you ignore what it means to people. Isn't soccer an activity where a group of eleven grown men attempt to propel a bladder full of compressed air between a wooden frame at one end of a field using their feet and heads opposed by another eleven?
CaptainVertigo
2005-04-27 23:46:33
"The Captain mounts Knockpasheemore" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
Picture: The Captain mounts Knockpasheemore (Contract pics)

Peak Bagging
I enjoyed the following description of PEAK BAGGING......................................."Peak Bagging is an activity undertaken by grown men and women and involves Walking and Hiking up all the hills and mountains on a particular list - so that you can proudly claim to have er . . walked or hiked up all the hills and mountains on a particular list. As pastimes go it's pretty harmless, healthy and gets you out into the countryside - which all in all can't be a bad thing."
Bleck Cra
2005-04-25 19:43:18
"Here you can look down on the rock climbers. Any ideas?" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
Picture: Here you can look down on the rock climbers. Any ideas? (Contract pics)

Where Egos Dare
Can’t do it - don’t know how to do it: tell a fellow hillwalker how not to get killed. Saturday, three blokes were coming off Bearnagh on the North side of the wall at Hares Gap - 40/50s fit, kitted out, no fools, but a bit baffled. I caught the eye of one of them over the wall. “Watch yourself,” I said. “Why?” he said. “Because you’ll get killed,” I said. “Why?” he said ….. and I knew were getting into a stand-off. “I’m just saying…” I said - and you know when you get to “I’m just saying”, whatever control you may have had on the situation, has just evaporated. “You’ll only get off there, with ropes,” I said, sounding like a complete nkr. “Why?”, he said. “Look”, I said “there are crags” and stomped off. The problem kind of is, that most people, with notable exceptions, on the hills are mature, wise and knowledgeable, but contrarily, not enough to welcome advice readily. I am myself that soldier. We are a cross section of society, a bit skewed, yet do have our fair share of know-its-all - and what we all don’t want to be is one of them. I can hear braying of “just tell them and stop being such a wuss,” but my last point remains. Well anyway, rather than let them pogo into infinity, I waited at the bottom of the crags squinting into the sun, to scold them were they not to be advised. They were advised and cut back across the wall. Yes the sun - it is official: Spring has sprung in the black North, circa cheese sandwich time Saturday 23rd inst and celebrated in time-honoured fashion by Billy kicking the F out of Dan and Dan kicking the F out of Billy.


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Summit Comment
Stockeen Cliff Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Located adjacent to the cliff walk accessible via the Cliffs of Moher Center. Best to enjoy the full walk rather than just summit bagging but for your added enjoyment the earlier in the morning yo...

  
Summit Comment
Lislorkan Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Accessible via the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center and car park or via other locations on this coastal walk of your choosing. Best to enjoy the full length of this fantastic cliff walk.

  
Summit Comment
Knockardakin: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Located adjacent to the world renowned Cliffs of Moher,and although this is the hill which the visitor center is built into, the summit is not located in a public area. Access is via a farm gate o...

Track
Inishowen Slieve Snaght from the north.
simon3 5 days ago.
This linear walk route starts from the north and includes the two Arderins and one Vandeleur-Lynam in the area. It sta... walk, Len: 9.3km, Climb: 515m, Area: Slieve Snaght, Inishowen (Ireland) Sliev

  
Summit Comment
Corduff: My wee dander to the summit
Ulsterpooka 3 days ago.
I followed Muschi's and Paddyhilksbagger route. When going to the trig I moved on a few cows before I walked to the trig. After taking a few pics I seen the large brown bull in the field was block...

  
Forum: Suggestions
Clare Coastal Hills
simon3 3 days ago.
We have added 14 Coastal Hills for Clare today. Intriguing names like Stockeen Cliff Top, 185mJust to remind. A Coastal Hill is a hill of at least 50m with a drop from the top or prominence of 20m...

Track
Arona to Parador Hotel via Valle de Ucanca
GSheehy 3 days ago.
Sticking the boots in the bag, when the intention was to go and have a rest.Justifying a walk, that?s predominantly as walk, Len: 30.8km, Climb: 2274m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
Track
Cruach Eoghanach
Peter Walker 5 days ago.
Cruach Eoghanach is a handy outing on the days when you get out of the car, feel the force of the wind and rain, look... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 329m, Area: Cruach Eoghanach, S Donegal/W Tyrone (Ir

  
Summit Summary
Slieve Main: Inishowen's second mountain.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 days ago.
Parking in a small quarry 3km to the east at point C444 372, cross the smaller top of Damph and then head north, curving around the valley until you cross a fence at C425 380 then begin to ascend ...

Track
Pics de Batoua
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 18.3km, Climb: 1672m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Comment
Castlemahon Mountain: My outing to Castlemahon summit.
Ulsterpooka a week ago.
I followed Peter Walkers route and asked permission to walk to the summit mast. The person was very friendly and accommodating. I parked at the last house in what is a four house dwelling lane. Th...

  
Track
Amalfi: Ravello to Minori
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 3.5km, Climb: 12m, Area: Italy, Campania ()


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