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wicklore
2011-11-08 00:32:51
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Surviving the Valley of Fear
On Saturday last I had the pleasure of participating in Scavvy 8, the latest walk led by MountainViews members. The walk consisted of traversing from Cruach Mhr to Cnoc na Toinne before descending the zig-zags to return along the Hags Glen in a tough 14.7 km hike. It was ably led by Jackill and Bleck Cra, with local MountainViewers Conor 74 and dbloke sharing their extensive knowledge of all the hills and mountains viewed from 3000 feet.

There is perhaps something strangely dark about this area of the McGillycuddys Reeks. A brief review of the names of the mountains, lakes and valleys in this area reveals a veritable feast of sinister names, perhaps reflecting dark, supernatural or dangerous times. The Hags Glen, The Hags Tooth, The Bone AND The Bones, The Hill of the Serpent or Monster, The Big Gun, The Devils Ladder, The Lake of the Serpent, The Heavenly Gates...is it just me or is there a pattern here reflecting doom, gloom and death? Does it not raise the hackles of fear on your neck? Somewhat improbably, some historical comedian decided to balance things up a bit by naming one of the giants of the range The yellow round knoll (Maoln Bu). Perhaps even they felt that they were going a bit overboard and needed to soften the image of the area!

Our guides led 18 of us safely there and back and we truly had possibly the finest day in 2011 on which to walk these mountains. From the initial tough ascent to Cruach Mhr, we made the challenging traverse via the Big Gun to Cnoc na Piste. As we rambled along Maoln Bu, the two Cnoc an Chuillinn tops and Cnoc na Toinne, we enjoyed ever-present wonderful views, wonderful company and a wonderful sense of achievement. The walk was timed to perfection and we all got to experience the best that the eastern Reeks have to offer on a most enjoyable day. And neither the Hag nor the Serpent got anywhere near us!
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