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Bleck Cra
2006-08-16 23:25:24
Ewe to blame
She rose up from the heather and cold bog beneath me and fixed me with her inscrutable eye. He cranked himself to his hind legs, the fore, slow and complaining behind. “It’s a people, dear”. “Where, what ?” “A people - up there.” “Ah,so it is, one of these warm dry things - a people.” From Baal, to Bahomet, to the very Devil himself, this most perfect of God’s creatures (the irony), the wild mountain Celtic goat, has got it in the neck. Loved, adored, worshipped pre-Christianity, loathed and reviled thereafter. Entirely suitable for the north where a clearly good thing is a clearly bad one. And so the way we are to treat it here in the Mournes is to cull it, for sure it breeds some parasite or knits a wilder pullover or speaks some proscribed tongue. This is to let its idiot cousin the sheep, have a bit of slack. The latter is wracked with the diseases humans have bred into it and incidentally some are demonstrating this, atop Meelbeg - one down and three lame enough to go by next month. Him and herself however have to work it all out by themselves, the shearing, the milking, the beasts and pests and the desperate climate. He is golden blonde in ringlets from his top to his cloven toes; she is skewbald and dramatic. Nostrils flare and draw me in from half a mile away. Over a rise and a mass is reached: they stretch to their height and slowly back out on to a blurred ridge - and from the heather, of this year, of this world and of this spot, he clings to them, soft new and the colour of clouds. And if I tell you where he is, I shall have to shoot you. And I will.


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Summit Comment
Lugnaquilla: A mountain with lots to offer!
Bunsen7 an hour ago.
Since starting my hillwalking in 2015 I have been up Lug a number of times. Mostly it has been totally misted over by the time I reach or just after reaching the summit. Once it mists over the mou...

  
Summit Comment
Tonelagee NE Top: Onwards and upwards
Bunsen7 an hour ago.
Most of the pictures uploaded rightly focus onview across the lake. This shows walkers assessing the route onwards to Tonelagee.

  
Forum: General
Are there new cairns in Wicklow
wwwalker 19 hours ago.
Is it my imagination or are there some new cairns appearing in Wicklow recently. There are small ones at point 702 ( T043 980) marking the turn for the lugduff ridge and at T086 975) marking the d...

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Stoney Top: A haven of peace away from the multitudes!
Colin Murphy 21 hours ago.
The final top on a pleasant 3-summit loop, taking in Tonelagee NE, Tonelagee and this, and then descending around the pretty Lough Ouler back to Glenmacnass carpark. The summit is a rounded bump i...

  
Track
Brockagh Tops
Bunsen7 a day ago.
Similar track to a number of others which I used for guidance. Parked at the forest entrance having turned up at the ... walk, Len: 14.5km, Climb: 517m, Area: Brockagh Mountain SE Top, Dublin/Wicklow

  
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Tonelagee NE Top: Barely recognisable as a separate top
Colin Murphy 21 hours ago.
This is a handy one to bag on the way to Tonelagee, but it is so nondescript that many a walker has by-passed it without realising it is a top in itself. The summit is a broad, grassy area with no...

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Tonelagee: The perfect beginner's mountain
Colin Murphy 21 hours ago.
Besides crossing Glenmacnass River at the start and end, (which has seen many an unfortunate walker ascend in soggy boots) Tonelagee is a pleasant and relatively easy climb from the carpark near t...

  
Track
Lake District: Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Onzy a day ago.
Classic route in the lakes... walk, Len: 15.3km, Climb: 1062m, Area: Ullock Pike, Lake District - Northern Fe...

  
Summit Summary
Iorras Beag: Panoramic views of Connemara
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 a day ago.
A pleasant 2 hour walk from Roundstone village by taking a minor road to the west from the centre of the village. There is parking along this road at L71775 40102. Continue on ungraded road to a w...

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Cashel Hill: Connemara in the Sun
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 a day ago.
Climbed on Tuesday 07th June , 2 hrs 45min return. I went up the track from the road after the entrance to Cashel House Hotel and just before the church L80303 42385. Walked past the graveyard and...

  
Summit Summary
Currywongaun: Rough and Rocky
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
Park off road in a small lay-by at L72134 59157 and ascend the spur in a roughly Easterly direction to the summit. Usually climbed en-route to its larger neighbor Doughraugh.

  
Track
La Gomera - GR132
GSheehy 3 days ago.
In 1492, Columbus set out from San Sebasti


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