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kernowclimber
2010-12-21 10:44:22
"Cra taking mental notes on our performance!" from kernowclimber Contract pics
Picture: Cra taking mental notes on our performance! (Contract pics)
Not just a fair weather bird…
“Speed training. Well it’s a dark art. People will be amazed at your ability, but they won’t know how you’re doing it.” Speed training. Gulp. It reminded me of gruelling training sessions on sand dunes to build up my stamina for competitive cross country running many moons ago, and that was like chewing glass… “But it’s actually really simple and it works - instant results. You will be able to keep going when others have faded.” I supressed a smile as images of the Duracell Bunny and little blue pills flashed through my mind!! But I had heard on the MV’s grapevine that his claim was absolutely true. So Mcrtchly and I set about finding out for ourselves what that crafty old bird had up his sleeve. We took up Cra’s offer of speed training in his Kingdom of Mourne. Now Cra is a wily old bird, but even he can’t control the weather which just lately seems to have been on amphetamines. The Mournes were bedecked with snow, feet of the stuff, and our birdie likes a level playing field, so speed training was just not to be.

But Cra’s also a game old bird and met up with us on the day we were to complete our first 100 MV summits. One feather weight and two heavyweight walkers set out briskly from Donard car park. I swear Cra was indulging in his dark arts, although he claims he wasn’t, but he moved blisteringly quickly over the terrain. How I delighted in his very senior moment, not because he’d lost his scarf, but to pause for a breather! Slieve Beg and the Devil’s Coach Road whirled by, then the tremendous push up snow-clad Cove. Me in snowshoes, Mcrtchly in crampons and Cra flying in his 3 season boots, eyeing our efforts from his continual vantage point above!! Pause for a brew up on Cove, a congratulatory summit photo, and then the helter-skelter descent off the mountains before dark.

As I trudged back into Donard Car Park over 6 hours later with my 8.5kg pack, I realised that a Grampian Greyhound met a Cornish Carthorse in the Mournes that day. They say it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks and in this case I hope that’s true because I want to know how he does it: move that quickly, so effortlessly over difficult terrain. I want to keep going faster and longer too…


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Summit Comment
Corduff: My wee dander to the summit
Ulsterpooka a day ago.
I followed Muschi's and Paddyhilksbagger route. When going to the trig I moved on a few cows before I walked to the trig. After taking a few pics I seen the large brown bull in the field was block...

  
Forum: Suggestions
Clare Coastal Hills
simon3 a day ago.
We have added 14 Coastal Hills for Clare today. Intriguing names like Stockeen Cliff Top, 185mJust to remind. A Coastal Hill is a hill of at least 50m with a drop from the top or prominence of 20m...

  
Track
Arona to Parador Hotel via Valle de Ucanca
GSheehy a day ago.
Sticking the boots in the bag, when the intention was to go and have a rest.Justifying a walk, that?s predominantly as walk, Len: 30.8km, Climb: 2274m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

Summit Summary
Slieve Main: Inishowen's second mountain.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
Parking in a small quarry 3km to the east at point C444 372, cross the smaller top of Damph and then head north, curving around the valley until you cross a fence at C425 380 then begin to ascend ...

  
Summit Comment
Castlemahon Mountain: My outing to Castlemahon summit.
Ulsterpooka 6 days ago.
I followed Peter Walkers route and asked permission to walk to the summit mast. The person was very friendly and accommodating. I parked at the last house in what is a four house dwelling lane. Th...

  
Track
Inishowen Slieve Snaght from the north.
simon3 3 days ago.
This linear walk route starts from the north and includes the two Arderins and one Vandeleur-Lynam in the area. It sta... walk, Len: 9.3km, Climb: 515m, Area: Slieve Snaght, Inishowen (Ireland) Sliev

Summit Comment
Caoinkeen South-East Top: Caoinkeen
davsheen a week ago.
View of Caoinkeen from Gougane Barra Horseshoe walk

  
Summit Comment
Knockatee: October Cahas Walk
davsheen a week ago.
View over Kenmare Bay from Knockatee Summit Co. Kerry

  
Track
Cruach Eoghanach
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
Cruach Eoghanach is a handy outing on the days when you get out of the car, feel the force of the wind and rain, look... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 329m, Area: Cruach Eoghanach, S Donegal/W Tyrone (Ir

Summit Summary
Mullagh More: Iconic hill with waymarked ways.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a week ago.
There is a way marked route up this iconic mountain. To get to the start drive out of Corofin in the direction of Kilfenora. After less than 2 miles turn right at a sign for 'Kilnaboy Church and S...

  
Bibliography
High Mountains of Britain and Ireland, The by Butterfield, Irvine
Peter Walker 4 days ago.
Long out of print, but well worth seeking out by the serious hillwalker (especially if they visit Britain as well as Ireland), this is a gloriously impractical guide to all of the 3000ft mountains...

  
Track
Pics de Batoua
David-Guenot 6 days ago.
walk, Len: 18.3km, Climb: 1672m, Area: France, Occitanie ()


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