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jackill
2010-03-29 00:03:49
Mont Blanc
Hi Tiernan, Two friends and I had much the same idea as you in 2008.Ultimately we were beaten back at 4000 meters by a meter of fresh snow from Italy. The most difficult part of high Alpine climbing/walking (apart from the ice, crevasses,snow,cold) is the effect of altitude on your ability to walk.10 kms with 500 meters climb will seem lungbusting.This combined with using crampons on continuous ice is very draining.Also acclimatisation often involves high treks and sleeping in mountain huts in rooms with 20 others in the same room.You will probably have 3 days acclimatising before the actual climb and I would advise you to conserve energy as much as possible on these days, you will need it all later.In 2008 some of our party felt so exhausted after acclimatisation they were not going to attempt Mont Blanc! All in all though I think regular Hillwalking for distances of 15kms plus 6/700 meters climbs are a must, you should be out every weekend and training(perhaps an hour in the gym?) 2 nights per week.You can work up to this and if you have a level of fitness already(what was your time on Galtybeg/Galtymore circit, was this on the black road?) it will be an enormous help.What you don't want to do is struggle from the first day,.If you would like talk about it some more re: gear/guides etc. feel free to drop me a line jackill@mountainviews.ie


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ewen
ewen 12 hours ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

  
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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe 13 hours ago.
Decided to make a day out of a Dublin-Waterford drive, despite low-hanging cloud. Knockroe wore a misty white cap as I glanced up from the Sculloge Gap carpark. Planning my attack (so I thought), ...

  
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Bleantasour Mountain: A boggy but short ascent route
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
Go to the forest entrance at S22452 09704. there is room here for a few cars.Walk down the forest track, crossing a ford and follow the track until you can see open ground.Walk south along the edg...

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A handy way up two western Monavulaghs.
simon3 a day ago.
Easy access to the ridge.Improved RouteUsing the hard won experience of others and new forest roads we found a relati... walk, Len: 6.5km, Climb: 263m, Area: Bleantasour Mountain, Comeragh Mountains

  
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Milk Hill: Carry on bagging
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
Go to the forest entrance at S22452 09704. there is room here for a few cars.Walk down the forest track, crossing a ford and follow the track until you can see open ground.Walk uphill to the summi...

  
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Seefin: Fine day spoilt by Scramblers
ewen a day ago.
Started at the Coillte gate at 068145 where there is parking for 2 cars. I then followed the forest road around until the first turn off to the left. This takes you along to the fire break/path at...

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Local 97
marymac 3 days ago.
An abstract Artist, Charles Shaw, said "Real happiness consists in not what we actually accomplish, but what we think we accomplish." I moved house. So my Local 100 changed. The new list includes ...

  
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Gortrumnagh: Drive or Walk
sandman a day ago.
The gravel track at L6133851903 will bring you up to the second quarry workings allowing you to park at L6213651955 and enter the open hillside via a gate just inside the quarry to the left. No si...

  
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Hacha Grande by following my nose.
jackill a day ago.
walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 636m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

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Derrylahan: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
As this hill is located in a field covered in gorse bushes the easiest access is via the adjacent land owner. Parking at L6670259115 i was fortunate to bump in to the farmer whose farm yard is loc...

  
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Ballynew: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Park at L6231659377 opposite a very modern designed house and follow the non tared track and as it turns right go straight up hill thru an old overgrown trail still used by some cattle on there ow...

  
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MI: Celebration Ireland's mountain environmen
simon3 5 days ago.
Date: 26-28/05/2017Venue: Cappanalea OETC, Killorgin. Co. KerryTo coincide with National Biodiversity Week, Mountaineering Ireland is hosting a weekend celebration of Irelandís mountain environmen...


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