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kernowclimber
2010-12-10 16:39:10
"Mcrtchly approaching the summit" from kernowclimber Expand pics
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Ars longa, vita brevis
A thick blanket of snow covered Glenmalur Valley smoothing out the creases: gone were the scars of the summer landslides, swathes of bog lay hidden, the forestry turned ashen beneath the blue sky of a clear, crisp winter’s day. Startled pheasants flew out from the hedgerows as our car, equipped with snow chains, rattled by. The nearby fields mapped the tracks of numerous animals that had crisscrossed the valley foraging for food and a thin blue line of smoke from a peat fire in a solitary cottage dripping icicles beneath snow burdened eaves, hung in the still air. All sound seemed to be muffled by the snow.
We set out along the zig-zag pathway to climb Lugnaquilla on snowshoes, the only noise the crunch of the snow under our feet. Below, a fox ran diagonally across a field pausing momentarily to sniff the air, maybe catching our scent. In the stillness and silence, to be so at one with nature was life affirming. Higher up we broke trail through pristine snow working hard for each labourious step through deep accumulations in the lee of Clohenagh. Feather-like crystals growing on blades of grass embedded like arrows in the snow quivered in the wind which rose as we ascended, sending clouds of spindrift racing across the wind sculpted surface. The Fraughan Rock Glen gaped below like an open jaw bearing jagged teeth of ice encrusted granite.
Past Clohenagh a vast, icy windswept plain appeared, Lugnaquilla in the distance glowering in the late afternoon sunshine. It felt like the Arctic, brutal and menacing, the raging wind making it hard to stand upright. But Wicklow’s giant was free of cloud, the smooth slopes of her South Prison clearly visible and the sharp silhouette of her trig pillar back lit by the setting sun. As we approached cloud boiled up from the north, the glassy orb of the sun blinking in and out of the swirling mass. The sun, now low in the sky, turned the cloud malevolent shades of yellow and orange; Mcrtchly's dark figure moving some distance ahead of me looked suddenly very small and vulnerable in the maelstrom. I came upon the trig point, crowned with an icy diadem, as a pilgrim approaching a reliquary: humbled, penitent and thankful. We stood in silent awe as the cloud completely lifted revealing the blazing red sphere of the sun slipping below the horizon. I felt strangely aware of my own mortality.
As we descended, the cloud closed in again and the view of the summit slammed shut like a trapdoor. Whiteness enveloped us. Below the cloud the new moon appeared in the southwest sky set ablaze by the sunset. Clouds of our own breath sparkling with icy particles of spindrift caught in the light of our head torches as darkness fell. Overhead the Milky Way shimmered, stars hung like crystal apples and a shooting star blazed across the purple firmament. And in an instant I understood what a tortured Van Gogh was trying to convey in his painting, ‘Starry Night’.


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Forum: Suggestions
Addition of "All Irish features" list etc
simon3 7 hours ago.
A new list and total has been added which shows All Irish features visited. So if you mark as visited any summit, coastal summit, coastal feature, island feature then this total will go up. You ca...

  
Summit Comment
Illanmaster: Watching Over.
sandman a day ago.
This hill watches over Illanmaster Island and although its summit is nothing of note its cliffs are fantastic. As described previously this can be part of a coastal walk or for direct accent park ...

  
Summit Comment
Corraduff Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Corraduff Hill as seen from the Benwee Loop Walk.

Track
Mweelrea Mt via Ben Lugmore
marzka a day ago.
A very nice walk with amazing views and small bit of scrambling which can be avoided.Dificulty: Medium- ascending via... walk, Len: 13.4km, Climb: 1111m, Area: Ben Lugmore East Top, Mweelrea Mountain

  
Track
Bencorrbeg - Binn an Choire and Binn Dubh
marzka a day ago.
Very nice walk with a bit of scrambling.And this GPS track involve that mentioned part of scrambling - but if you want... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 944m, Area: Bencorrbeg, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Benco

  
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Benwee NE Head: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
It is easy to reach the area i took the photo from just a slight detour off the Benwee Loop Walk F8220244947 it is the next bit that the problem arises. Definitely an Ian Miller summit.

Track
Teermoyle and Been Hill
marzka a day ago.
Very nice walk with goregous views.Dificulty: Medium- a bit wet terrain, mostly grassy- some small part of walk on th... walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 843m, Area: Keamconneragh, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Irel

  
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Doonvinalla W Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
The Stags of Broad Haven just one of the fantastic photo opportunities from this summit which is easily accessed from the Benwee Loop Walk the easy option from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259.

  
Track
Mangerton via Stoompa and Horses Glen
marzka 2 days ago.
Lovely walk with stunning views.Dificulty: Medim- wet terrain as crossing the Owgariff river- very steepy descending w... walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 673m, Area: Stoompa, Mangerton (Ireland) Stoompa, M

Summit Comment
Doonvinalla E Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 3 days ago.
Easy access from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259 follow the Benwee Loop walk and branch off where appropriate . The photo shows views across towards Benwee Head in the background .

  
Track
Carrauntoohil via central guy and dawn via oshea-gully WINTER WALK
marzka 2 days ago.
This is a winter climb, therefore the winter equipment is needed and extra time should be added while planning that r... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 779m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ir

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 3 days ago.
Looking across to Doonvinalla N Top from E Top i decided it was above my pay grade to attempt the summit climb today . But to the right of the photo a route to the top seemingly exists so another ...


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