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jim holmes
2007-07-09 22:48:02
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Comeragh Challenge
“If you can’t see the mountains; then it’s raining. And if you can; well then the rain is on its way!” Driving rain had me pondering all this on the North approach to Carrigagower whilst participating on the Comeragh Challenge on Saturday last. This and that how the wonderful people from Dungarvan Hillwalking Club cant stop themselves from feeding you (I honestly hadn’t eaten as much since Christmas, delicious......and many, many thanks to all) and how this ridge was starting to feel like the Col of Despondency.
Speaking of the Col of Despondency isn’t it curious how every one of the challenge walks all seem to have their own individual and unique “Heartbreak Ridge”. It’s probably Binn Bhan on the 12 Bens and it might be Tonelagee on the Lug Walk, especially if you’ve just slogged through Barnacullion. Who thinks up these walks? Do they secretly meet to discuss new forms of torture? Still I do appreciate they no doubt probably do mean well…..mmmm….most of the time anyway!
One truly brilliant thing that I believe separates the Comeragh Crossing from many another walk is that it is a real occasion for a great day out and FOR ALL. What do I mean by this….? Well anyone who has ever ventured a marathon run will be all too familiar with how frustrating it can feel just to get to actually start the run. Unless you’re a strapping young lad from the belly of darkest Africa or a young lassie who’s built like a stick-insect and from Ballydehob, chances are you’ll be at the back with the masses and it will take you half a day just to plod up to the starting line and by the time you get there the young lad is already on his way home looking to share a relaxing bath with the young lassie….as water is scarce at the moment in Africa but they can’t give it away in Ballydehob!
This is fairly akin to the really painful knowledge that just as you are about to tackle the Col of Despondency on the “Turks”, news comes through that at that given moment in time, already there is many a “fit-fecker” sinking a “skinful” of “the plain” in a cosy shibeen with a roaring fire........it’s true, cruelty is very much alive and well in our world of Hillwalking! Well with the Comeragh Crossing there is anything up to five different variations of the walk all going on in the one day! So what happens is that if you’re up to the “Challenge” part, you will at various sections break off from the trail, tear up to some summit for a coded checkpoint and then rejoin others who have their own missions on the day. As everyone tends to keep bumping into each other all through the walk, it is indeed comforting to know how all are feeling pretty much the same pain! And sure come the evening and the Blister Party it always amazes me to see how well tired legs still have a dance in them…..whisst!.....who’s that over there hoppin’ and boppin’….? You know I think I’m starting to fall in love with the “stick-insect” from Ballydehob…...ah if I was only five years younger and I had my own teeth…..?
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Summit Summary
Doughruagh South Top: Twin of Doughruagh main top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 2 days ago.
Located behind Kylemore Abbey, it has been reported that access from the grounds is no longer allowed. It is possible to park in a small lay-by at L77637 58711 and walk approx 30m along the road t...

  
Summit Summary
Currywongaun: Rough and Rocky
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 2 days ago.
Park off road in a small lay-by at L72134 59157 and ascend the spur in a roughly Easterly direction to the summit. Usually climbed en-route to its larger neighbor Doughraugh.

  
Summit Summary
Doughruagh: Rocky summit with access issues from Kylemore Abbey
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 2 days ago.
Located behind Kylemore Abbey, it has been reported that access from the grounds is no longer allowed. It is possible to park in a small lay-by at L77637 58711 and walk approx 30m along the road t...

Summit Summary
Raghtin More: The smallest Inishowen Arderin
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 3 days ago.
The easiest approach is to park at Urrismenagh viewpoint carpark C317 443 and follow the track to its highest point. From here you can avoid Crockmain and carry on towards Raghtin More to the Nort...

  
Track
Forbidden Keadeen
CaptainVertigo 3 days ago.
Please DO NOT attempt to gain access to Keadeen from the road by following my route. The owner, who is a very decent ... walk, Len: 7.2km, Climb: 487m, Area: Keadeen Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland

  
Summit Summary
Crockmain: An uninspiring summit with great views
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 3 days ago.
The easiest approach is to park at Urrismenagh viewpoint carpark C317 443 and follow the track to its highest point before heading north over heather to the summit. Alternatively from Mamore Gap c...

Track
Meentog South East Top
Onzy 4 days ago.
Route to Meentog SET from west. Parking is in a farmyard (with permission) and a helpful track leads up to around 540m walk, Len: 4.1km, Climb: 336m, Area: Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Ireland)

  
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Knocknanacree: Views to Slieve Mish and the Dingle Peninsula
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 3 days ago.
Summit can be approached from the West by parking near Minard Castle V556 992 and following a rough track uphill past a quarry and onto the summit ridge.A shorter steeper approach is possible from...

  
Summit Summary
Teeromoyle Mountain: A summit in the middle of a classic Horseshoe walk
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 3 days ago.
This summit is usually accessed whilst walking the Glenbeigh Horseshoe. A shortened version taking in the 4 central 600m summits in the centre of the horseshoe Teeromoyle, Coomacarrea, Mullaghnara...

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Bruse Hill: Bruse
Nekarsulm 4 days ago.
Track up from the quarry is overgrown. I partially walked up a small stream, as it at least cuts its way through the whins. Climbing straight upwards, you will see places where some earlier climbe...

  
Track
Doolieve
caiomhin a week ago.
walk, Len: 3.5km, Climb: 48m, Area: Doolieve, South Cork (Ireland) Doolieve

  
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Irish Times - Post Mortem on Hillwalker
CaptainVertigo 5 days ago.
According to the Irish Times a postmortem examination is to be carried out on the remains of a man found during the search for a hillwalker in Connemara who went missing during a St Patrick’s day ...


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