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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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Farbreague: from Arderin
ewen 5 days ago.
Walked to Farbreague from Arderin. There is a track that some kind soul has marked with sticks and ribbon. When I say track, it is really a worn down trough in the bog.The multicoloured pipe at th...

  
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Robber's Pass Hill: Minor heathery lump. Overcivilised and underwhelming.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
This oddly named hill is more a very minor heathery bump incorporated into the system of tracks laid out by the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It can be reached from any of the western car-parks...

  
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Tonelagee: Fore!!!
ewen 6 days ago.
Did from the Wicklow gap car park following track 2378.This starts immediately opposite the top entrance to the car park next to the main road. 5 days before there had been snow but now the path w...

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Brandon Hill: Grand on Brandon!
MountainBoy a week ago.
Me and my Dad climbed this from the farm track off the Graiguenamanagh-Instioge road on 26/11/16. Right after we got out of the car, we were faced with the dilemma of whether to go straight ahead ...

  
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Croaghmoyle: Easy walk up to great views
Fergal Meath a week ago.
Low lying cloud/mist/fog discouraged me from putting the effort into going up Nephin today. On the way home I parked at the start of the Croaghmoyle service road and followed it past a wind turbin...

  
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Slieve Binnian - more track work ?
gernee 5 days ago.
Revisited Slieve Binnian for the first time in years on Friday - frost underfoot, blue skies and rolling mist contributed to a great walk, despite disappointment at seeing some of the track work u...

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ewen
ewen 5 days ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

  
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Ben of Howth: Loop walk starting from Howth Harbour
Joshua3 a week ago.
There is a nice loop walking signposted from Howth Harbour taking in the cliff path, summit and going close to the top of the Ben. The Black Linn walk is about 8 km and comfortably completed in un...

  
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Binnian-Lamagan Loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 23.1km, Climb: 1364m, Area: Wee Binnian, Mourne Mountains (Ireland) ...

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Spelga Loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 739m, Area: Pigeon Rock Mountain, Mourne Mountains (I...

  
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Carrigroe: Sea of cloud
Kennyj a week ago.
Unusual low cloud today heading towards Carrigroe

  
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Stags of Broadhaven (central): Climbing
IainMiller a week ago.
The Archipelago of the Stags of Broadhaven are a group of five steep rock islands with Teach Dónal ÓCléirigh rising to a height of 97m above the atlantic. The Stags live about 2.5km north of the c...


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