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Bleck Cra
2010-10-29 13:28:26
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Some are confused; some bemused; and some of us are just incredulous that given the rioting resulting from recent Historic Enquiries raids on northern loyalist homes, the Police Service of Northern Ireland seems to have been prepared for peace but not for war when launching a similar raid into the Rathcoole area this week, one of the UVF’s “safe seats”. When they sent in a couple of local cops, in a car of course, who was it they thought was hijacking up to 12 tons of Ulsterbus in order to beat the driver and burn it? Igglepiggle or the Milky Bar Kid? So when it came to trundling a taxpayer’s helicopter into the Western Mourne Mountains also this week and injuring several of its officers, few of us were surprised that it had failed to identify the pattern set only last week by the occupants of a private machine in precisely the same conditions, ploughing into the same Western Mourne Mountains and rendering the same occupants stone dead. There are many reasons I am glad I am not a serving officer with the PSNI although two will do: being the target for a loony fringe dissident – and being the laughingstock of the combined population - something we all appear to be agreed on. The good thing for hillwalkers in the Mournes is that we now know there are no gunmen in these hills, because if there were, the PSNI would not have gone in. (Check out its reasons for not going in to protect life and limb at the Rathcoole debacle.) In the Mourne Mountains this weekend, take a tin hat with you. Who knows what could fall out of the sky...., but you can guess.


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Skerries to Balbriggan
simon3 an hour ago.
This route starts from Skerries and goes to Balbriggan staying as near to the waterline as possible. However this wasn't walk, Len: 9.7km, Climb: 69m, Area: East Coast (Ireland)

  
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Divis: Great views
Wilderness a day ago.
Not much of a climb because the car park is quite high up.On a good day the views at the top are amazing. I got a very clear day when I walked to the top last year. Looking in the southerly direct...

  
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Divis: Great views
Wilderness 2 days ago.
A lovely mountain with great extensive views of Ulster and Scotland. The car park lies south west of the Divis summit and is nearly 300 meters above sea level giving you an easier climb to the top...

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Knocknadobar: Great views
Wilderness 2 days ago.
You can park your car on the west side of Knocknadobar either at Coonanna Harbour or the Pilgrims car park. I started my climb up Knocknadobar North Top from the harbour. The beginning of the clim...

  
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Croagh Patrick: Cold climb
Wilderness 2 days ago.
I was wary of the dark hail clouds that kept hitting the mountain. Some of them looked thundery. Fortunately there was no lightning and a'lot of people about. When the clouds moved away the views ...

  
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Seefin SE Top from the South
peter1 3 days ago.
This is a short route to take in the SE Top as I had missed it out on previous trips. It's not too difficult to find ... walk, Len: 6.1km, Climb: 261m, Area: Seefin South-East Top, Ballyhoura Mountai

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Gaugin Mountain: Clear morning
Wilderness 2 days ago.
We started our climb up this mountain from the minor forest road (south of Gaugins summit). At the top we got one of the most clearest days I've ever seen. We could see all across Ulster: Cuilcagh...

  
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Keeper Hill from Silvermines (Knockanroe Carpark)
caseyc481 a week ago.
Wanted to climb Keeper Hill from the Silvermines side. Parked at Knockanroe carpark, walking downhill on fire road unt... walk, Len: 14.9km, Climb: 763m, Area: Keeper Hill, Shannon (Ireland) Keeper H

  
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Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa: Romance and Reality
CaptainVertigo 4 days ago.
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Knocknacusha: Nice end to a day out.
muddyboots 5 days ago.
Similar to the other contributors, this is not a single summit day out. I did it after Colly. It's an hour or so with a coffee break. Start at the Ballaghasheen pass (spectacular drive in & out) a...

  
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HoschIchenheim 5 days ago.
I'm a Hillwalker from the South-West of Germany near the French town of Strasbourg. I'm mainly walking in the Alps, Vosges and Black Forest mountains. So far on two occasions I have been to Kerry,...

  
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Feeling Blue
mcrtchly 5 days ago.
This is one of the most famous mountain views in Norway of the fishing village of Hamnøy, Lofoten islands with Fellshelltinden mountain (428m) in the background. The rust red cottages are old fish...


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