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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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Cupidstown Hill: Enhance this with a visit to Oughterard
Bunsen7 8 hours ago.
Yes, perhaps this is not a very noteworthy hill. However, if you have accessed Cupidstown Hill from the N7 and are returning that way, you can easily improve your visit to the area with a short de...

  
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Knockowen: October 2016
davsheen 20 hours ago.
View of the impressive Glanrastel valley from the side of Knockowen

  
Track
Near South Cork (Ireland)
sean_debarra 21 hours ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 15m, Area: South Cork (Ireland)

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Cloghernagh: Picture
davsheen 20 hours ago.
Cloghernagh Walk Nov 2016

  
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Route to Claggan NE Top
Onzy 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 8.0km, Climb: 2m, Area: Claggan Mountain NE Top, North Mayo (Ireland...

  
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Robber's Pass Hill: Minor heathery lump. Overcivilised and underwhelming.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 6 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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Farbreague: from Arderin
ewen a week 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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Slievemore Circuit
Onzy 2 days ago.
Route over Slievemore descending over rough grouns to the SE for variety. walk, Len: 8.1km, Climb: 639m, Area: Slievemore, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Sliev...

  
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Tonelagee: Fore!!!
ewen a week 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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Onzy 2 days ago.

  
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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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