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Peter Walker
2011-10-15 11:38:00
Just how hard is the Big Gun ridge?
Reading Conor's post...it's the age-old consideration of how comfortable you are when your hands have to come out of your pockets. I've been along that ridge twice: the first time alone on a dewy September morning (so the rock was a little damp in patches), and I think I probably did it much as he did, skirting slightly right on one occasion towards the top but otherwise sticking to the crest (even if a couple of times I skirted around a gendarme to have a look at the other side of it before tracking back and doing it properly). Unless you're congenitally clumsy all that's really required is the ability to believe yourself when you internally say 'I'd never fall off any of this if it were just above the ground so I won't slip now just because there's a drop.'

The second time was on a warm autumn afternoon with dbloke and mini, and (sorry Maria!) it was requested that scrambling be kept to a minimum. Even with that in mind you rarely have to venture much further than 'just below the crest' to make progress, apart from a bit of a diversion across the right face towards the top when the crest steepens: going that way the only real scrambling move (and it's easy and not really exposed) is pulling onto the summit itself.

So, given good conditions and a modicum of hill sense the ridge should be respected but certainly not feared: even if you're not comfortable on what's not-that-tricky scrambling you should still have no problems if your route finding is half-decent.

Howling Ridge solo? I'd have thought that the issue would be less the obvious increase in technical difficulty and exposure, more the potential unreliability of the rock (look at all the scree below that face...)
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Central Dingle Quartet from Anascaul
Bunsen7 a day ago.
Follow the track from Anascaul lake car park northwards up onto the mountain plateau.Track leads northwards from lake... walk, Len: 15.8km, Climb: 949m, Area: Stradbally Mountain, Central Dingle (Ire

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Bog and rough ground.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 2 days ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit of Seefin Mountain East top.Follow the track on downhill from the cres...

  
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Pic du Midi d'Ossau
David-Guenot a day ago.
The idea came from my 60-year-old, freshly retired neighbour, as we and some other members of the local badminton club m walk, Len: 16.2km, Climb: 1353m, Area: France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine ()

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Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 2 days ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit.On the crest of the hill the summit cairn is over a wall to your right...

  
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Seefin South-East Top: Seefin South East Top is easily visited
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 3 days ago.
Seefin South East Top is easily visited from the track leading to Seefin Mountain East Top and Seefin Mountain West Top which starts st R66276 16811. Just follow the track to R65202 17892 from whe...

  
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Carnaween: The visitors book box near the summit
Aidy 6 days ago.
Just wanted to show the brilliantly constructed little box which contains the visitors book. It was too wet and windy on my visit to take it out and risk ruining it. A few shafts of light breaking...

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Carnaween: Bad Weather Adding Drama To Great Views
Aidy 6 days ago.
I used the commonly taken route from Disert Graveyard (worth a visit in its own right) over ground that was alternatively boggy or pretty steep. It was freezing cold in these parts, with a strong ...

  
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Pic Rouge de Bassiès
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
This was the first of the two big hikes I did in the Pyrenees in summer 2016. Hiking in the summer often means a sunny d walk, Len: 16.3km, Climb: 1342m, Area: France, Midi-Pyr?n?es ()

  
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Corrin: A family stroll.
David-Guenot a week ago.
Climbed this hill in November 2014, with a friend who used to live in the area. Starting at the Coillte car park, we did a nice loop on the forest paths, circling around the hill in an anticlockwi...

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MV Mountain Gathering 2017
Onzy 5 days ago.
Always a great night ... all welcome.

  
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Luggala: Fancy View from White Hill
davsheen 2 weeks ago.
Autumn's evening view across to Luggala/Fancy from White Hill on route down from Djouce using the Wicklow Way boardwalk section.

  
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Binn Charrach: The peat-hag capital of Connemara
markwallace 2 weeks ago.
The descent from Benbaun to the R344 via Knockpasheemore/Binn Charrach is hard going after a day in the Bens. The Knockpasheemore ridge looks nice and flat from below, but is boggy, undulating and...


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