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Bleck Cra
2010-06-24 22:49:01
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WHATEVER YOUR BAG
A few words Wick if I might, ref the bagging/notbagging debate. When notbagging shouts “foul”, stick your fingers in your ears. Before the oul sod snaffled my thighs, my lungs, my heart and my soul, I was that bagger where bagging was born. Highland Scotland. High heather, wide bumble bees, low green hills and other such dandering pigeons were scattered by the devil wild cats of Glencoe. The first foray was the Aonach Eagach and by the time I was on the Belfast boat, I had a quarter of Scotland’s Munros pinned to the map; many of them several times over. The summit of Sciath Chuil I crawled to on my belly on foot-thick ice and a force 8. It is what bagging is about, which of course Wicklore you know only too well and for which your efforts cannot be commended enough. For those of us who don’t, here it is. The hills decide what they give us. We don’t. You may have your best day ever, eating scones at the foot of Benbulbin or hanging from an ice axe over the Big Gun. If you get it from bagging, go for it. My training was at the heels of one of the most impressive baggers in these islands, whose parents were told his life would be difficult, given walking was not really an option. By the time we got to his last Munro I was just about keeping up with him. “What are you going to do now,” I asked. “Well son,” he said “I’ll go back and have a look at them now.” Perhaps the most intense moments we will ever have is when bagging hills. Wick, you just keep doing it and best of all, reporting back.
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Pic du Canigou
David-Guenot 3 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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Exploration of Wicklow Head from the north.
simon3 a day ago.
As you will immediately see from the track this was an exploration of what is possible thoroughly exploring various d... walk, Len: 6.6km, Climb: 126m, Area: Brides Hill, Wicklow Coastal Hill (Irelan

  
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The Eagles Rock: A short but sweet scramble
IainT 3 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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Ramble on Ireland's Eye
wicklore 4 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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Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 3 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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Ballyguile Hill: Viewed from the south. Hope you like masts.
simon3 2 days 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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Pic de Cagire Loop
David-Guenot 5 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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Clermont Carn: Easy but a great view.
IainT 3 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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Seanadh Bhéara: Access
sandman 4 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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Benbeg to Cuilcagh
dmcdevitt 5 days ago.
GPS was not accurate during the walk. learn't a lesson not to use your phone app to track your walk but overall it is ac walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 447m, Area: Benbeg, Breifne (Ireland) Benbeg

  
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Ireland's Eye: Screams were heard, getting fainter and fainter…
wicklore 5 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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To Barranisky top from East MTB track
gaoithe 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 7.3km, Climb: 76m, Area: Barranisky, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Barran...


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