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Bleck Cra
2011-06-29 20:08:42
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HOME TRUTH
On the red poppy, next year’s precious seeds. Pale blossom from wild rhododendron decays beneath drunken wasps. Meadowsweet carpets the verge and horse chestnut creaks under the sudden strain. As we still blah on about Queen Betty’s blouse, Barack’s barricaded limo and the meaning of austerity in ancient (that is to say, it is “history”) Greece, another year flies past with the speed and aimlessness of a dissident republican’s bullet – and we stand transfixed like fence posts and with just about as much wit.
Sunday’s uncompromisingly contrary weather sent me scuttling off a perishing Slieve Donard into the arms of the hottest day in months – and I found myself drawn irresistibly into the peculiar emptiness that is Tullybrannigan. A careful contour around Slievenamaddy dissecting the killing fields of a million spruce and amongst their boney stumps, stands of foxglove, purple and tenacious white, a red squirrel the size of a fox and ejection out on to Slievenabrock. None of this would in any way be challenging other than neither man nor goat has marked any kind of serious track here – for miles. From Slievenabrock, the dunes that are Dundrum Bay seemed to climb up and clockwise like a giant roller coaster and white horses charged the shore. Slieve Croob, from other perspectives, unimposing – from here, master of the horizon. At moments, shamrock wall-to-wall – at others, bullrushes seven feet high; a red kite, the musk smell of fallow deer and not the whisper of a human soul for six clean hours. There will be some of us recounting our visit to Chamonix this year – sniff; others our second visit – sniff, sniff. Please deny me the detail of this search for Shangris La and Mobies Dick and leave me to oul Ireland – the most beautiful place on earth.


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Forum: General
in yer pants ....
BleckCra a day ago.
I turn my attention to mountainviews.ie. So much for focus.I see that its English translation of Irish hill names remains - and in remaining, (for the Mountains of Mourne at least) .... , remains ...

  
Summit Comment
Rosgalliv Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
For the Mountain View members who will be joining Liz50 for her walk on 7/10/17 why not get there a few minutes earlier in order to visit this small hill with its Megalithic Tomb . Parking is avai...

  
Summit Comment
Gubacarrigan: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Your options for parking are numerous but a lay-by is located at L7648192513. It only takes a few minutes to reach the cliff edge and on to the summit but as evident from the tracts along the edge...

Forum: Suggestions
Change to Local 100
simon3 2 days ago.
The Local 100 list and completing it is one of the most popular lists that MV has. It allows the time-poor to get out and do some interesting hillwalking but with minimal travel time. It encourage...

  
Track
Spanish Sierra Nevada: Mulahacen
Onzy 2 days ago.
Route to Mulahacen from Alto del Chorillo returning on a lower track to the west. Route takes in both Mulahacen I and I walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 782m, Area: Unid, Unid ()

  
Summit Comment
Rostoohy Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
The summit area with its hill fort and views across the bay.

Track
Spanish Sierra Nevada: La Alcazaba
Onzy 2 days ago.
Route to La Alcazaba (3,369m). walk, Len: 16.6km, Climb: 1143m, Area: Unid, Unid ()

  
Summit Comment
Rostoohy Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Parking where appropriate make your way the short distance along the foreshore to L9531390160 where ascent to the hill exists as shown in the photo. You will encounter a small stone drinking well ...

  
Track
Lanigans Ball and the Slieve Mish Mountains
GSheehy 3 days ago.
?What in the name of Jaysus are you on about with your ?Lanigan?s Ball??? ?This is hillwalking lad. Not danc walk, Len: 27.3km, Climb: 1557m, Area: Caherbla, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Caherb

Forum: General
Go easy on Gates
melohara 6 days ago.
Please be conscious of damage that may be caused to farm gates when climbing over them. I recently met a very friendly and hospitable farmer who welcomed my rambling over his hills despite him hav...

  
Summit Comment
Claggan Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Although the trig is clearly visible from where i parked for Roscahill a double fence lies in wait from there. Easy access is via the field gate located at L9409289344 with ample parking 50 meters...

  
Track
Le Taillon via la Brèche de Roland
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 16.1km, Climb: 1013m, Area: France, Occitanie ()


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