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Zest and Zeal galore on Scavenger 4: Part One
Here is my humble contribution to the post Scavenger 4 walk chatter. At first I didn’t know where to begin. There were so many elements to the walk, the people, the conversation and the atmosphere that I knew I couldn’t capture it all. But I will try!

Is it a uniquely Irish thing that you can thrust 17 relative strangers together and by the end of the walking day they are the best of pals, sharing stories and food, comforting and supporting those who needed it, and unmercifully slagging those who also needed it? Well it can’t be a uniquely Irish thing when you consider the group was made up of Cornish, Welsh, Scottish, English, as well as Ulster, Munster and Leinsterfolk. (was Connaught there?) Then it must be a Mountain thing. Diverse as our group was, we were all gathered under the common umbrella of going for a walk in the mountains. With this starting point we proceeded to make the absolute most of it. A fabulous day ensued, both weatherwise and in the quality of the fun and camaraderie that was to be had.

It is hard for non-attendees to appreciate the meandering course the conversations take over a day like this. As walkers mingled and chatted through the day, each new conversation and each new talking partner brought fresh and unusual topics of discussion.

A passer-by would have caught such snatches of conversation through the day:

’I spent a week underground’....

’He is simply wrong about that, it is not Hill of the Ants’....

’You can’t bag a mountain by just looking up at it’...

’We christen it the Meandering Bag’...

’They were naked on the summit’...

’I didn’t say you’re fat, I said you’d make a soft landing if I fell on you’...

‘You’re from the Principality of Wales and you’re from the Dukedom of Cornwall’...

‘The big mountain is smaller, and the small mountain is bigger’...

‘It’s not a UFO, but I don’t know what it is’...

‘That’s the evil fairy’s hole over there’...

‘I’m related to Niall of the Nine hostages’...

‘The wild ravens come when I call’...

It’s all about context. These excerpts will mean nothing to those who didn’t hear the conversation. No doubt I missed loads of other fascinating chats too. But surely these excerpts show that the art of conversation is truly alive and well, and to be found when you come on a Scavenger Walk?!!


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Pic Rouge de Bassiès
David-Guenot 7 hours ago.
This was the first of the two big hikes I did in the Pyrenees in summer 2016. Hiking in the summer often means a sunny d walk, Len: 16.3km, Climb: 1342m, Area: France, Midi-Pyr?n?es ()

  
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Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 10 hours ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit.On the crest of the hill the summit cairn is over a wall to your right...

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Bog and rough ground.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 11 hours ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit of Seefin Mountain East top.Follow the track on downhill from the cres...

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Seefin South-East Top: Seefin South East Top is easily visited
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 11 hours ago.
Seefin South East Top is easily visited from the track leading to Seefin Mountain East Top and Seefin Mountain West Top which starts st R66276 16811. Just follow the track to R65202 17892 from whe...

  
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Knockmealdown Round - Out by the spine. Back by the belly.
GSheehy 2 days ago.
An early start had me on Crohan West at 08:00. It was a glorious morning. This is what Bowie meant by ?serious moonli... walk, Len: 45.8km, Climb: 1968m, Area: Crohan West, Knockmealdown Mountains (I

  
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Carnaween: The visitors book box near the summit
Aidy 4 days ago.
Just wanted to show the brilliantly constructed little box which contains the visitors book. It was too wet and windy on my visit to take it out and risk ruining it. A few shafts of light breaking...

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MV Mountain Gathering 2017
Onzy 2 days ago.
Always a great night ... all welcome.

  
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Carnaween: Bad Weather Adding Drama To Great Views
Aidy 4 days ago.
I used the commonly taken route from Disert Graveyard (worth a visit in its own right) over ground that was alternatively boggy or pretty steep. It was freezing cold in these parts, with a strong ...

  
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Corrin: A family stroll.
David-Guenot a week ago.
Climbed this hill in November 2014, with a friend who used to live in the area. Starting at the Coillte car park, we did a nice loop on the forest paths, circling around the hill in an anticlockwi...

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Central Dingle Quartet from Anascual
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 15.8km, Climb: 949m, Area: Stradbally Mountain, Central Dingle (Irel...

  
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Luggala: Fancy View from White Hill
davsheen 2 weeks ago.
Autumn's evening view across to Luggala/Fancy from White Hill on route down from Djouce using the Wicklow Way boardwalk section.

  
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Binn Charrach: The peat-hag capital of Connemara
markwallace 2 weeks ago.
The descent from Benbaun to the R344 via Knockpasheemore/Binn Charrach is hard going after a day in the Bens. The Knockpasheemore ridge looks nice and flat from below, but is boggy, undulating and...


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