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CaptainVertigo
2010-11-09 19:50:40
"What dosen
What dosen't kill you makes you stronger (Expand pics)
Near Death Experience: Kenny’s Ascent
The absence of an internal search facility on this site means that I cannot say with complete certainty that the road I am about to travel has not already been traversed. Indulge me please if that is the case. And do not write angry letters to the Suggestions Forum. No more than the Good Book, there is much to be said for re-reading this entire Opus occasionally in search of times lost.
Now, there is a well known phenomenon which occurs when humans are exposed to mortal terror and survive. There is exhilaration. A sudden release of endorphins. Ecstasy even. Sometimes the wild life-affirming rush results in an almost immediate reflex to divide and multiply, as occurred when certain passengers on a plane, apparently doomed to crash, landed successfully and two youthful strangers ran through the “Arrivals Hall” in search of a bed. (Yes, Mr. Editor, I can reference that fact should you call on me so to do).
The prospect of hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully, said the scribe, and clarity emerges from the fog of life. Priorities are realised at last. I speak of renaissance; of Chilean miners; of the arrival in Athens of the man from Marathon; of life renewed when it seemed it was to be torn away; of ten thousand swords leaping from their scabbards!
Now, think back a few short months. Enda Kenny, Caesar in waiting, unloved by his party and his populace, was to be Brutused to the pips like an over ripe tomato, and squirted back to Clueless Bay. (Open YouTube and play The Ride of the Valkeries as you read on…) But the hyenas overreached, and the apparently effete and ineffectual Kenny galvanised his loins, and with some skill and focus not previously obvious, smote his detractors, and emerged from the valley of the shadow of death.
And what did he do? In his hour of glory? Did he impregnate a thousand virgins? No. Did he poke his foes before him in a Triumphal March? He did not. What was the vessel through which his hubris poured? Where were his laurels paraded?
The answer, my friends, should warm the hearts of us all. He, and his supporters, headed for the hills. With the world at his feet, this man put on his boots, and walked into the sunset. On the mountains surrounding Clew Bay. Are you getting the message? We have friends in high places. He has SEEN the Promised Land.
(PS He may not actually get there with us...but we, as a people, will get there, I earnestly hope. Polls may go down as well as up. Past performance is no indicator of future performance. No liability is accepted; for anything. The insurance we have sold you will expire in the event of a claim. )
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Central Dingle Quartet from Anascaul
Bunsen7 an hour 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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Pic du Midi d'Ossau
David-Guenot 14 hours 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 ()

  
Summit Summary
Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara a day 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 a day 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 a day 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...

  
Summit Comment
Carnaween: The visitors book box near the summit
Aidy 5 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 5 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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MV Mountain Gathering 2017
Onzy 3 days ago.
Always a great night ... all welcome.

  
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Pic Rouge de Bassiès
David-Guenot a day 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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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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