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Zest and Zeal galore on Scavenger 4: Part Two
There was more to the Scavenger 4 walk than the great conversation and amazing mountain views in the Mournes. Over the course of 17 hours (10am walk start – 3am pub finish) we saw a fascinating display of human zest, zeal and spirit.

There was the chap who ran all the way up the mountain to catch up with the group when he arrived late (and the chap who took 3 trains, 4 buses, hitched, cycled, swam and ran to be on time). There was the brave walker who couldn’t climb the mountain, but did, and the people who couldn’t scramble the summit tors but did. After walking two mountains we all stood and stared in awe at the mighty and relentless slope of Bearnagh that lay ahead. We thought it would never end but it did. An extraordinary thing happened on the slope of Bearnagh that catches this spirit I’m futilely trying to explain. As we neared the summit of Bearnagh after a gruelling climb the group was naturally spread out with some walkers several minutes behind. Those in front were only a moment from the summit. Then without conscious agreement or verbal request, those in front stopped and waited for those behind to catch up before the group proceeded onto the summit area. I don’t believe you could expect this kind of thing from many groups of relative strangers who had only walked together for a few hours!

We had a Meandering Man who only meandered from the hours of 4 – 8pm (we found him in the pub). We had a Meandering Bag that was being eyed hungrily by some Scavengers before it was reclaimed by its bashful owner (embarrassed by a loud chorus of laughter). Everyone really made an effort to contribute to a great day by getting to know others, helping others and being friendly. There was good humour galore, even when things got tough. Simon should feel rightly proud of this noble group who gathered in the name of MountainViews, while jackill and Bleck Cra should be rightly proud of the fantastic work they did in guiding (do sheep dogs ‘guide’ sheep?) and entertaining the group through the mountains.

We had 7 returnees from the previous Mourne Scavenger walk last summer. We were joined by 10 new friends, who were a mixture of MountainViewers and soon to be MountainViewers alike, to make a princely total of 17 hardy souls. Simon introduced the brand new rare and beautiful MountainViews badges (€2.50 or £2 just for you) that were worn with pride. As usual I was thrilled to meet and put faces to MountainViews members I had not met before. (And thrilled to meet those I had met before!)
Sincere thanks to jackill and Bleck Cra for the day (and night) and sincere thanks to all the other excellent companions on the day for making it what it was. I sincerely hope that others reading the various post-walk accounts will be energised and encouraged to consider joining us for the next one.

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Pic Rouge de Bassiès
David-Guenot 12 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 3 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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