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Bleck Cra
2011-03-07 00:08:12
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TOUGH AT THE TOP
A few months back, conscious of evaporating youth, a cranky hip, a whingeing knee and a recently outraged ankle, fleeing Slieve Lamagan, it struck me that teaching what I know as a time-served challenge walker, rather than struggling to practise it, might make more sense. I flagged this up on mviews and a few hopefuls took up the challenge, all of whom I think have benefitted and some who now themselves inhabit the outer fringes of the challenge zone and are becoming increasingly impressive. In this spirit, the sleek, scarily quick and new mviews member msmurty, press ganged me into acquainting her with the annual Mournes 7x7s Challenge. Views vary on this Challenge Walk but there is consensus that it might be the toughest in Ireland.
7 hills of over 700 ms in one August day with a merciless trail across bleak bog for good measure. Anything under 9 hours is to be admired. No sooner than I had suggested the reply “maybe”, than La Murty had a 6 months training schedule compiled and a pen in my hand to sign it, kicking off yesterday with 5 of the magnificent 7. If ever teacher was taught a lesson, here it was: complacency, laziness and a loosening grip on the task, compounded by the pace of a jet-fuelled companion meant that on No5, challenge evangelist Bleck Cra was running on fresh air alone. Not one teaspoonful of ascending gas left in the tank and an almost tearful desire to be home, dry and still. On a crepuscular return to Donard Car park, the Cra soaked to the bones and busted, Murty says to him “Sure that was great…” Oul boy challenge walkers take note: if you want to do the talk, first make sure you can do the walk.
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Scarr ridge from Trooperstown Carpark
simon3 a day ago.
A different place to start from to reach Scarr with a lot of car-parking. Return uses Wicklow Way in part. walk, Len: 14.2km, Climb: 498m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Scarr

  
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Near Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
Caption walk, Len: 1.3km, Climb: 158m, Area: Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland) Ring Hill

  
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Topped Mountain: Short & simple
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
A simple little Minion to climb (the name Topped 'Mountain' is a bit of a stretch). A gravel path & steps from a carpark will see you reach the top in about 15 minutes, and you won't even need you...

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Caora Bhán: Dunkerron ridge run
Dbosonnet 3 days ago.
Coomnacronia taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

  
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Crockmulroney: Good summit for Carn-baggers
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
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Near Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
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Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
For the walkers who may not wish to visit the summit area a photo of same.

  
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Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
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Slievenashaska: Wild mountain run
Dbosonnet 3 days ago.
Slievenashaska taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

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GSheehy 4 days ago.
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Eanach Mheáin: Galway Island
sandman 4 days ago.
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Lettercallow: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
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