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Bleck Cra
2010-09-05 21:55:58
"Castlewellan emerges from the dark. Well it
Castlewellan emerges from the dark. Well it's possible. (Expand pics)
THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY
A black day – not black like the birth of Calvin or Celine Dion but dark and odd. How many Yardis can you get on Eagle Rock? Also – if you set fire to a tree in Commedagh wood, how many can you burn down? Cra’s lost it. Wrong – the answer is six and dozens. A minging black northern day and a jaunt off Donard. Up in the mist to the right, voices. Impossible because up in the mist is Eagle Rock and only idiots would be on Eagle Rock – in good weather. Binos out and 3 or so at are the foot of the Rock and 3 or so are ascending to its face. Blacker than the mist and in the kind of weather-wear you get at rock concerts. White pakamacs; black faces. If someone takes offence at this remark, get over it. We don’t see many black men in pink-skinned Co Down – and certainly not 6 of them on Eagle Rock. So, with binos fixed and mouth hanging open, I trundle sideways and headlong into basecamp comprising another half doz Bros grumbling through curls of sweet brown smoke. (No they aren’t – I wax mischievous), but they did remark, in broad Windies that I should eff off. Hilariously, another 50ms and I lumber again. This time into a fellow Scot, both of us glued to the binoculars. “F**kin’ problem there”, “Aye f**kin’ mountain rescue”, “Aye f**kin’ mental”, “Aye f**kin right mental”. And suddenly the real smell of burnt organic material. The wee deadbeats have set fire to Commedagh wood and it stands scorched, sick and charcoal black. Like a Carry-On movie gag, you have to smile – not at the joke, but at the sheer audacity of it. Thanks to you black humour, in the face of a white winter en route.


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Farbreague: from Arderin
ewen 5 days ago.
Walked to Farbreague from Arderin. There is a track that some kind soul has marked with sticks and ribbon. When I say track, it is really a worn down trough in the bog.The multicoloured pipe at th...

  
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Robber's Pass Hill: Minor heathery lump. Overcivilised and underwhelming.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
This oddly named hill is more a very minor heathery bump incorporated into the system of tracks laid out by the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It can be reached from any of the western car-parks...

  
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Tonelagee: Fore!!!
ewen 6 days ago.
Did from the Wicklow gap car park following track 2378.This starts immediately opposite the top entrance to the car park next to the main road. 5 days before there had been snow but now the path w...

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Brandon Hill: Grand on Brandon!
MountainBoy 6 days ago.
Me and my Dad climbed this from the farm track off the Graiguenamanagh-Instioge road on 26/11/16. Right after we got out of the car, we were faced with the dilemma of whether to go straight ahead ...

  
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Croaghmoyle: Easy walk up to great views
Fergal Meath a week ago.
Low lying cloud/mist/fog discouraged me from putting the effort into going up Nephin today. On the way home I parked at the start of the Croaghmoyle service road and followed it past a wind turbin...

  
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Slieve Binnian - more track work ?
gernee 5 days ago.
Revisited Slieve Binnian for the first time in years on Friday - frost underfoot, blue skies and rolling mist contributed to a great walk, despite disappointment at seeing some of the track work u...

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ewen
ewen 5 days ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

  
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Ben of Howth: Loop walk starting from Howth Harbour
Joshua3 a week ago.
There is a nice loop walking signposted from Howth Harbour taking in the cliff path, summit and going close to the top of the Ben. The Black Linn walk is about 8 km and comfortably completed in un...

  
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Binnian-Lamagan Loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 23.1km, Climb: 1364m, Area: Wee Binnian, Mourne Mountains (Ireland) ...

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Spelga Loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 739m, Area: Pigeon Rock Mountain, Mourne Mountains (I...

  
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Carrigroe: Sea of cloud
Kennyj a week ago.
Unusual low cloud today heading towards Carrigroe

  
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Stags of Broadhaven (central): Climbing
IainMiller a week ago.
The Archipelago of the Stags of Broadhaven are a group of five steep rock islands with Teach Dónal ÓCléirigh rising to a height of 97m above the atlantic. The Stags live about 2.5km north of the c...


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