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weedavie
2006-05-03 17:22:44
Lay Down your weary Lens
Hillwalking unites us and soothes our souls. Equipment makes enemies of us. Some people are happy clacking away with poles, deafening everyone in 100 metres. Camelbacks just look silly. Photography........

It's been nice seeing the camera people have their say recently on Mountain Views and if they go out together then fantastic. But when someone you walk with gets the bug, it's dreadful.

Time was you'd come to the edge of a corrie and look down "This is fantastic, magic lochan, tremendous cornice." You'd maybe sit and eat a roll and spray some superlatives. It'd be companionable then you'd move on.

Now you stand impatiently as they prowl around for the perfect perspective. You fume as they start snapping the unstitched elements of a panorama. You no longer share the sunset glow on the clouds glimpsed behind you for fear of another stop. And then they tell you they're getting a new lens.
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Afterwards you're round at their house and though the conversation is getting lively and scandalous you can feel them edging you from the company to go to their pc and suffer through the results of the delays that annoyed you in the first place. Hill by hill in alphabetical order.

These people have to learn. Freezing something in a photograph destroys your memory. Talk to someone about the walk when we saw the young ptarmigan family and Ronnie sank in the bog and all they remember is the temperature inversion below the bealach in the morning because that's what they've got on the pc. Photographs are great but they should be snaps taken of recognisable people, possibly doing silly things, on familiar hills. Everything else is a bad imitation of art.

I'm going back up the hills on my own to iron out the creases from my soul.
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Mweelrea: - Water Everywhere
paddyobpc an hour ago.
Walk Date: 11 Jul 2016. After our failed attempt at Benbaun a day earlier due to harsh weather we awoke to an only slightly better day for our planned climb of Mweelrea. It was still raining and m...

  
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Brandon Hill: - nice evening walk
paddyobpc an hour ago.
Walk Date: 3 Jul 2016. After climbing Mt. Leinster earlier in the day Dillon(dillonkdy) and myself headed off to reach the summit of Brandon Hill at 5pm from the top of the farm road close to Grai...

  
Summit Comment
Mount Leinster: - from the 9 stones
paddyobpc an hour ago.
Walk Date: 3 Jul 2016. Nice weather to continue our County High Point Challenge, heading east this time to climb Mt. Leinster, the highest point of Carlow and Wexford. Dillon(dillonkdy) and myself...

Summit Comment
Cupidstown Hill: Quickest of all CHP's to do
paddyobpc an hour ago.
Walk Date: 25 Jun 2016. A spur of the moment decision even though it was late in the evening and we still had quite a long way to go to Kildorrery on our journey home from holidays in Donegal saw ...

  
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Slieve Beagh South East Top: Flat but boggy
paddyobpc an hour ago.
Walk Date: 25 Jun 2016. The journey home from our Donegal holidays took in Monahan's highest point, Slieve Beagh East Top. This was a very boggy walk and difficult enough to navigate due to a lack...

  
Summit Comment
Sawel: -Derry and Tyrone CHP
paddyobpc 2 hours ago.
Walk Date: 22 Jun 2016. Even though we were over on the West coast of Donegal on holidays we had our eye on two neighbouring counties to the east, Derry and Tyrone, and in particular "Sawel Mounta...

Track
Near Mount Corrin, Mizen/Sheeps Head (Ireland)
Eirepur a day ago.
walk, Len: 2.2km, Climb: 140m, Area: Mount Corrin, Mizen/Sheeps Head (Ireland) ...

  
Summit Comment
Errigal: -Fantastic Views
paddyobpc 2 hours ago.
Walk Date: 20 Jun 2016. While on holidays in Donegal we watched for an opportunity to climb Errigal. The weather was generally good but Errigal often has a cloud at the top. Rachel, Dillon(dillonk...

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Na Calliagh: Dodging Thunder and Lightning
paddyobpc 2 hours ago.
Walk Date: 06 Jun 2016. As we arrived at Carnbane East (Slieve Na Calliagh) the CHP of county Meath, Mother Nature was roaring again, there were a few claps of thunder and flashes of lightening. W...

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Irish hill runners and the Spine Race
IainT 2 days ago.
The Spine Race is a 268 mile run up the Pennine Way in the north of England, run every January, invariably featuring snowdrifts, gales and many miles of sucking bog, much of it run in the dark. It...

  
Track
Near The Paps East, Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland)
Eirepur a day ago.
walk, Len: 9.4km, Climb: 676m, Area: The Paps East, Paps/Derrynasaggart (Irelan...

  
Summit Comment
Mullaghmeen: - Nice Forest Walk
paddyobpc 2 hours ago.
Walk Date: 06 Jun 2016. Our second last of 8 CHP’s in two days we arrived at Mullaghmeen forest Park at 7:30pm to climb to Westmeath’s highest point Mullaghmeen. The route we took was a lovely for...


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