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2010-10-10 22:27:48
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The weatherfolk had predicted lots of sun, high temperatures and blue skies for Wicklow yesterday as we gathered for our Scavvy 5 walk. This of course meant that we got the opposite. The sun was blazing high over Lugnaquillia alright when we reached the summit, but unfortunately between the sun and the summit was heavy cloud, freezing wind and extremely limited visibility – down to 30 feet at times. It was winter without the snow. But this was a hardy bunch that didn’t complain and accepted the weather stoically. They did themselves proud as they moved at a very impressive rate along the 20 km route which we carefully selected to ensure there was nothing to see for most of the higher level walking!

26 hardy souls with hardy soles gathered at Baravore after we left some cars near the zig-zags. The close proximity of the walk to Dublin, Wexford and Wicklow meant that we had several newcomers who were warmly welcomed into the fold. We also welcomed those who had travelled from further afield for the walk, including MVr’s who came from Derry, Kerry, Laois, Cork, Galway, Meath and Armagh! All told, we had representatives from Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht, as well as proud citizens of Scotland, Wales Cornwall and England.

We headed up the Table Track with promising weather, but from the col at Camenabologue the weather turned cold and cloudy. This was to stay with us until we had come half way down Cloghernagh several hours later. What we lost in views we made up for in relating stories of dubious origin and veracity. A version of the truth, or aversion of the truth some wondered. Buried battle tanks in Glen of Imaal? Cabbage patch skirmishes at the Dwyer-McAllister cottage? Artillary fired 30kms the wrong way and never seen again? The group were kind enough to listen and not heckle the storyteller. (too much!).

It was a tough walk in conditions that wouldn’t allow us to sit for long in any one place. Three MVr’s played the role of the Meandering Men as they took the opportunity to bag extra summits along the route. Map and compass were carefully used to navigate successfully through the cloud. Many learned how featureless and disorientating the Wicklow hills can be when visibility is down to 30 feet. But everyone had kitted out well and we survived the walk!

7 hours of walking was followed by 11 hours of merriment, and the guitar was still being played by jackill at 4:30am! We organised a (cheap) cake with candles for three MVr’s celebrating their birthdays (although one unnamed person from Cornwall later admitted she was mistaken and it wasn’t really her birthday!) A fine dinner was followed by raucous singing with the band at Lynhams, and many promises were made for future Scavenger Walks in all corners of Ireland. Thanks to all who attended and who really helped to keep up the tradition of bringing strangers together to have a great day!


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Central Dingle Quartet from Anascaul
Bunsen7 20 hours ago.
Follow the track from Anascaul lake car park northwards up onto the mountain plateau.Track leads northwards from lake... walk, Len: 15.8km, Climb: 949m, Area: Stradbally Mountain, Central Dingle (Ire

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Bog and rough ground.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 2 days 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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Pic du Midi d'Ossau
David-Guenot a day ago.
The idea came from my 60-year-old, freshly retired neighbour, as we and some other members of the local badminton club m walk, Len: 16.2km, Climb: 1353m, Area: France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine ()

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Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 2 days 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 South-East Top: Seefin South East Top is easily visited
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 2 days 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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Carnaween: The visitors book box near the summit
Aidy 6 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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Carnaween: Bad Weather Adding Drama To Great Views
Aidy 6 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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Pic Rouge de Bassiès
David-Guenot 2 days 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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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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MV Mountain Gathering 2017
Onzy 4 days ago.
Always a great night ... all welcome.

  
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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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