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CaptainVertigo
2012-07-18 23:21:42
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The Romantic Tradition
I remain convinced that the apparently anti-intellectual nature of this site is but a clever pose. Hill folk such as ourselves are incontrovertibly philosophical Romantics with a capital "R". There isn't one among us who doesn't dip into Rousseau, Keats, Shelley or MacFarlane as we munch our grub atop the sacred heights. But should a kindred spirit approach the much loved script is shoved into the backpack: our Romanticism is far too personal to be exposed to the kind of locker room banter that has become commonplace on the hills. Romanticism is essentially a flight back to the wild. It is a reaction against the soulless anomie of industrialisation and urbanisation. It seeks the authentic by fleeing the charade of modern life. MacFarlane refers to the Christian monks of our Atlantic extremities seeking to mirror the inner and outer landscapes. And while there is drama and fever in our great cities (think of the opening scene of Woody Allen's Manhattan) the ultimate shock and awe is to be found on top of the world looking down on creation when the light is right. It is a purer experience and ultimately more satisfying. (New MV members may wish to go to YouTube and watch the three wonderful hours of Peter Ackroyd's "The Romantics" -Nature, Liberty and Eternity (BBC 2005) )
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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...

  
Track
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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