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2012-10-12 18:18:12
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25 years ago this month, I walked my first Munro. This was when there was a distinction between “walking” hills and “climbing” mountains. A time when Munro Bagging was an elite sport and not an alternative to shopping. A place where a confident cameraderie flourished amongst those in the know but never those in the know-everything. A world of novelty, danger, exhilaration and abstinence and not of pig-out cereal bars, mixed nuts, yoghurt and points of view.
A once-upon-a-time, when boots from the shoe shop, waterproofs from the draper’s and old cars jampacked with idealist ingenus and ingenues, lumbered on to grizzled verges, excitement uncontained – and not dull, gas-guzzling Chelsea tractors expelling their smug, apathetic contents on to clean, new, tarred carparks.
Today, those lines have become blurred – or perhaps it’s just my eyesight – the excitement of a day on the hill has been dulled by images of abandoned tents, endless rubbish and a headlong rush by the hoi poloi into our patch.
If I want anything to do with that lot, I shall go to Newry and eat something called a wrap…..

So …….. I am hanging up my boots.

I am pleased to do this while my dear hillwaking circle remains proudly, unashamedly and utterly elitist.

From Journey of the Magi by T.S. Eliot

All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
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Onzy 12 hours ago.
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