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Bleck Cra
2005-04-12 18:32:56
Yes Speedo indeed they do, but if memory serves (and I meeeean memory), not in all circumstances.
Bleck Cra
2005-04-11 20:41:29
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Caked grey ice clung to crack-tooth crags like dead man’s spittle. The flaccid flanks of pewter clouds, barged and bullied by biting winds, wept bitter tears into fetid glens. From the bowels of this grey tableau, the Devil’s fingers nursed bat’s teeth needles of frost and cast them in the barren air. The Mourne Mountains ninth day of the cruellest month and darkness was abroad. Lone riders slow, sulking, refractory, dragged their hapless trails behind them. Grim and grumbling, like distracted ghosts. Troops of bowed innocents poured in silent rivulets on to crumbling tracks, like grey mice from a burst barrel, criss-crossing, weaving arcane symbols on the land. Against the too blues and too whites of a different winter sky, three ravens rose and scattered like soot smuts from a Russian campfire and a sole skylark popped from burnt bog like poison gas. When the sun comes again to warm us (and it will), will it be as rotting flesh amongst the servants of mammon or alive with our own God in our own hills? Do widzenia Lolek.
simon3
2005-04-08 13:16:15
A Wheen o' Whin
Ahh, whin. Whin (gorse or furze) featured in my nearly forgotten childhood in Northern Ireland. It was used to colour eggs at Easter. Before Bleck, another Scot said "Pit some gorse flooers in the watter when ye bile yer Easter egg and it’ll come oot a bonnie gowden broon." (Well some Scots may have said this).
Certainly there's a lot of whin about in Wicklow. I always associate it with south facing slopes where it shines yellow in the sun for a long season. Just as well if you believe the saying "that when the gorse is not in bloom, kissing is out of fashion."
Bleck Cra
2005-04-06 21:35:07
"Whin summer meets the Mournes" from Bleck Cra Expand pics
Whin summer meets the Mournes (Expand pics)
A Wheen o' Whin
Funny how as the highest ticket communicators on earth, we cling to our points of reference: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” or “very like a whale”. But my unfavourite of all time is “Ah the whin: yes, just like vanilla or coconut ….” or some other scandalous comparison. The truth is, the underplayed scent of whin is so fantastical, so captivatingly odd and distant, that it defies comparison. The whin is the most devilishly magical weed God (or his beloved light bearer) ever forked into this earth. If you plant sibling cuttings in the same ground, one will grow up, the other out. Rain the same rain on six cloned plants and watch 6 different interpretations emerge. John Joseph gives up and leaves them as windbreaks for indolent cattle; the buzzy bees float in them, all sheets to the wind; and the Reverend Doctor (and one-time photographer), threatens to set them on fire. If you do little more this weekend than get up, get up and fumble into whin country, to my two favourite whin loaneys: a minute into the Bloody Bridge Track, ex Newcastle or immediately on to the Trassey Track, ex Bryansford. It is here you will find yourself submerged in a sunshine yellow haze of eau de whin, that will transport you into a world of mists, dreams and memory. Boughs of it hung outdoors to ward off witches, the black reek of it burning ahead of battle; even a gnat’s of it in your whiskey for good measure and you can try this with it bound to a broom handle, when the priests and prelates are a-bed. Sweep east to west and repeat after me 'out with evil, from this house, as the sun travels bring us peace'
everpresent
2005-04-06 14:19:02
Mountain/Tail suggestions
Wow! I wish I would have found this site months ago. I'm planning a hiking trip to ireland for the entire month of may. I plan on spending a week or so around the dublin/wicklow area then moving across the island and spending the rest of the time in Mayo/Galway/Kerry area. I'm looking for non-touristy mountains and trails with good scenery. Any suggestions from those who have been in these areas? Unfortunatly I'm making this trip alone so I've already conceded to myself that I won't bring my climing gear. This time around I'm going to just stick to walking/hiking/camping. Also, any good ruins in these areas?
Claude Hopper
2005-04-04 22:19:03
Gaiters
Great stuff in the gaiter department. I hope Berghaus and others are all watching. I love nicholamc's cable ties setup and as for simon3's curtain cables, I expect soon to learn how to make a breathable jacket out of a table cloth. Maps. Save yourself a lot of blood pressure later on by a simple trick now. Get the map home, lay it out on the kitchen table and set about folding it along every X and every Y line. This will take about 15 minutes and half way through, you will want to give up. But don't, because when it comes to locating the day's route and fitting the map into a sleeve you will be the only one able to do this with your map in seconds, while the rest of the team are still going fifteen rounds with theirs.
nicholamc
2005-04-04 09:18:53
Gaiters
Here's another way of fixing gaiters under the boot to add to Claude's. Just loop together two cable ties and fasten to both sides of the gaiter (like a figure of 8). I have done this on mine and it works a treat and so far is lasting really well. The cable ties can be pulled to the right length for a snug fit and the surplus clipped off to keep the connection tidy.
simon3
2005-04-03 17:07:39
Gaiters
Here's a couple of other ways of fixing gaiters under the boot to add to Claude's. You can buy some thin elastic from a haberdashers (if you can find one nowadays). Every so long the stuff breaks and you just cut some more and put it on. There was a discussion about this in that paragon of erudition the UK newsgroup (uk.rec.walking) not so long ago and someone said their solution was to use expanding curtain wire. (The sort of long spring you - or at least your mother - use to hang up lace curtains). I've never tried it, but I pass it on.
Claude Hopper
2005-04-03 11:11:20
Another trick of the trade. Gaiters again. Most gaiters today come with a rubber strap set in buckles. This is a clumsy awkward thing, has to be cut to size and after all that , a couple of sharp rocks and it's kaput. If you try to replace it with some sort of fabric, the same thing happens and also it picks up claudes of packed snow. The answer? Acquire a pair of leather laces. Loopknot each on the instep buckle of the gaiter, draw them through the outside buckle and finish in a simple reef knot and cut off the surplus. Do this when they're very dry and the knot will stay in. You'll get a whole season out of them and maybe more - and because there are two strands to them, if one strand goes, chances are the other will hold for the rest of the day. Any other tricks ?
CaptainVertigo
2005-04-02 11:17:09
"TINTERN ABBEY" from CaptainVertigo Expand pics
TINTERN ABBEY (Expand pics)
LINES COMPOSED A FEW MILES ABOVE TINTERN ABBEY -WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
(Comrades. If we are serious about hill walking we must steep our feeble minds in appropriate works of art. I humbly offer extracts from W.Wordworth's piece for your renewed consideration. )

For nature then (The coarser pleasures of my boyish days And their glad animal movements all gone by) To me was all in all. I cannot paint What then I was. The sounding cataract Haunted me like a passion; the tall rock, The mountain, and the deep and gloomy wood, Their colors and their forms, were then to me An appetite; a feeling and a love, That had no need of a remoter charm, By thought supplied, not any interest Unborrowed from the eye. That time is past, And all its aching joys are now no more, And all its dizzy raptures. Not for this Faint I, nor mourn nor murmur; other gifts Have followed; for such loss, I would believe, Abundant recompense. For I have learned To look on nature, not as in the hour Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes The still sad music of humanity, Nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power To chasten and subdue. And I have felt A presence that disturbs me with the joy Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime Of something far more deeply interfused, Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, And the round ocean and the living air, And the blue sky, and in the mind of man: A motion and a spirit, that impels All thinking things, all objects of all thought, And rolls through all things. Therefore am I still A lover of the meadows and the woods, And mountains; and of all that we behold From this green earth; of all the mighty world Of eye, and ear both what they half create, And what perceive; well pleased to recognize In nature and the language of the sense The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse, The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul Of all my moral being.


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Exploration of Wicklow Head from the north.
simon3 7 hours ago.
As you will immediately see from the track this was an exploration of what is possible with various dead ends. Althou... walk, Len: 6.6km, Climb: 126m, Area: Brides Hill, Wicklow Coastal Hill (Irelan

  
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Ballyguile Hill: Viewed from the south. Hope you like masts.
simon3 21 hours ago.
Ballyguile Hill can also be seen well from the south. Here's a view taken from near Brides Hill (a coastal hill near Wicklow Head)

  
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The Eagles Rock: A short but sweet scramble
IainT 2 days ago.
One of the few Irish summits that needs the use of hands by the easiest route. Those happy with exposure can get a good airy scramble (grade 2, pushing 3 maybe), by slanting left up an obvious ram...

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Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 2 days ago.
Gabbro is one of the roughest and most frictiony rocks around and is superb for scrambling on, as all visitors to the Skye Cuiilin across the water know. I never realised until yesterday that Slie...

  
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Clermont Carn: Easy but a great view.
IainT 2 days ago.
If you drive up the road this has to be a contender for the easiest summit in Ireland, but it's well worth doing for the superb view. Wicklow to Donegal, with the Meath lowlands spread out like a ...

  
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Pic du Canigou
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
Ascending Catalogna's sacred mountain from the hamlet of Los Masos de Vallmanya, on well-marked trails, with two breaks walk, Len: 24.8km, Climb: 1853m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

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Windphone project destroyed
wicklore 2 days ago.
The Wind Phone art project in the Dublin Mountains has been destroyed http://jrnl.ie/3547797 . It appears to be a strong statement by those against the idea

  
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Seanadh Bhéara: Access
sandman 3 days ago.
To answer the query raised by TommyV for at the time to facilitate parking on a narrow road and not wishing to park on the N59 i parked beside the farm yard with a view to access the hill via the ...

  
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Ramble on Ireland's Eye
wicklore 3 days ago.
A short walk on Ireland's Eye in September 2015. Original plan to visit earlier in the summer was thwarted by a huge f... walk, Len: 2.6km, Climb: 80m, Area: Ireland's Eye, Dublin Islands (Ireland) I

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Ireland's Eye: Screams were heard, getting fainter and fainter…
wicklore 3 days ago.
Ireland's Eye is situated about 1.5kms north of Howth Harbour. In Celtic times it was called Eria’s Island and then Erin’s Island. The Norse called it Erin’s Ey and this became Ireland’s Eye. (Ey ...

  
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Pic de Cagire Loop
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
A great loop walk in one of my favourite areas in the Pyrenees, which should have hardly taken more than 4h30 hadn't I m walk, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 892m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Carhoo Hill: Dingle Eask Tower
Collaborative entry Last edit by: aidand 4 days ago.
This is a modest climb, but with wonderful views. Take the road out of Dingle towards Ventry. After about a mile turn left at a sign marked 'Hanlon's handbags'. There is a parking area with a hut ...


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