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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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magicstep
magicstep 19 hours ago.
A leisure climber, I take it easy. If I climb something big then in a good weather only and spend lot's of time on top of the hill picnicking, enjoying the views and taking pictures. Mostly I walk...

  
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Gortnagan Beg: A worthy 500
thomas_g 21 hours ago.
Gortnagan Beg turned out to be my 500th peak. The bog was dryish, the rain threatened but waited until I got back to the car and the midges had other targets; what more could you ask for.The peak ...

  
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Gortnagan Beg: Small hill with great views
Collaborative entry Last edit by: thomas_g 21 hours ago.
Gortnagan Beg might be diminutive in stature but has fine views and some steep ground.The best approach is from the NE where there is a stile on the roadside. Parking is scarce so the best option ...

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Gortnagan Beg from Cappanlea
thomas_g 21 hours ago.
walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 219m, Area: Gortnagan Beg, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Irel...

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Steep climb, sorry trail, great views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
There's a number of ways to reach the top such as starting from the main, paying, carpark near the Glendalough lake at around T1115 9635. Going straight up from here more or less north there is an...

  
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Kirikee Mountain: Kirikee from the NW.
simon3 2 days ago.
From the ridge south of Derrybawn there is this NW view of Kirikee.Courtesy of siteviewer_comreg.ie we can find the owner of this mast: Three Ireland.The amusing conjunction with the cairn below t...

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Galtymore & Galtybeg from King's Yard
conrad1179 2 days ago.
run, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 670m, Area: Galtymore, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
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Brockagh Mountain SE Top: Flattish height NW of Laragh with views, boggy paths a
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Situated at the south eastern tip of a spur from Tonelagee it therefore commands wonderful views out over Laragh to the south east and Glenmacnass valley and waterfall to the north. Glendalough is...

  
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Carrickarede: Island.
sandman 4 days ago.
Carrickarede island is connected to the mainland by the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. One of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions it is operated by the National Trust but unfortun...

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BRANDON HILL - THE QUICK WAY
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
A steep but quick ascent along the forestry on rocky terrain, along what I believe has been dug as a firebreak rather ... walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 305m, Area: Brandon Hill, South Midlands (Ireland) B

  
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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 5 days ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 5 days ago.
Visited in 2014. There's a sandy beach and a solid pier with slipway and a picnic table facing the mainland. The road from the pier all the way thru the village is a robust concrete one, but it's ...


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