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kernowclimber
2012-11-17 21:59:22
"Our county highpoint: Lug on snowshoes" from kernowclimber Contract pics
Picture: Our county highpoint: Lug on snowshoes (Contract pics)

Scaling the Heights!
I claimed I was no summit bagger but having done many of the County Tops, it was an irresistible challenge not to complete this list: 27 summits climbed over 3 years in all conditions.

The sight of Mweelrea glowering in icy majesty from Ben Bury was intimidating; surmounting it on a hot autumn day with exquisite coastal views: unforgettable. A case of carpe diem, we did Lugnaquilla from Glenmalure on snowshoes, summiting in Arctic conditions to a riotous sunset, descending under a sky of brilliant stars. Slieve Donard, also scaled in snow, gave crystal clear views of the icy Isle of Man. On Errigal and Kippure, we watched the vermillion orb of the winter sun slip below the western horizon and the full moon rise like a paper lantern. We were tested climbing Sawel in deep snow and nearly flattened by gale force winds on Mt Brandon.

Vivaldi’s Gloria captures the euphoria of gaining Benbaun. I was bemused to see joss sticks burning at the summit of mighty Carrauntoohil. But size isn’t everything. I loved exploring little Slieve na Calliagh’s megalithic tomb and meandering amid the whispering beech trees fringing Mullaghmeen. Slieve Foye was a steep pull from sea level, but oh, the views of Carlingford Lough and the Mournes! Corn Hill and Cupidstown posed no challenge: tracks led straight to them. Slieve Gullion was quickly scaled from a nearby car park where happily, thieves seem to be a thing of the past! The prize for a bog trot goes to burst teabag Moylussa. Trostan and Cuilcagh were worthy runners-up. Seltannasaggart SE Slope was a dull affair, aqueous Arderin (why on earth would someone cart a car battery to the summit?) and Slieve Beagh SE Top, wringing wet affairs. The sight of paragliders atop Mt Leinster was delightful, quad bikers on Knockmealdown was not.

For an edgy experience the Truskmores win, bagged at the fag end of a wet and windy summer’s day. The gate to the RTÉ mast access road declared the site off limits. We hurried up the steep and dreary tarmac way, convinced that any moment our butts would be full of buckshot fired by an irate farmer! Truskmore was a deflating experience, trig point marooned within a muddy building site. Truskmore SE Top nearby offered some consolation when the cloud rose revealing fine views of Yeats Country and not a farmer in sight! Most vile climb? Knockboy. In heavy rain I fell into bog, couldn’t get out, lost part of my walking pole and was bitten alive by horseflies!

Finally, high drama on Galtymore. In dense mist we found 2 women, ill clad, disoriented, mildly hypothermic - 3 of their group were missing. We got them into our emergency bivy and were brewing hot tea as 2 more walkers appeared, panicking about a missing friend. We had to call in Mountain Rescue. Galtymore was bagged whilst trying to find the missing walkers. Mountain Rescue was stood down 3 hrs later, all casualties safe. Yes, the County Tops have given me many great memories. Some I’d happily climb again, others no way!


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Summit Comment
Stockeen Cliff Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Located adjacent to the cliff walk accessible via the Cliffs of Moher Center. Best to enjoy the full walk rather than just summit bagging but for your added enjoyment the earlier in the morning yo...

  
Summit Comment
Lislorkan Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Accessible via the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center and car park or via other locations on this coastal walk of your choosing. Best to enjoy the full length of this fantastic cliff walk.

  
Summit Comment
Knockardakin: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Located adjacent to the world renowned Cliffs of Moher,and although this is the hill which the visitor center is built into, the summit is not located in a public area. Access is via a farm gate o...

Track
Inishowen Slieve Snaght from the north.
simon3 5 days ago.
This linear walk route starts from the north and includes the two Arderins and one Vandeleur-Lynam in the area. It sta... walk, Len: 9.3km, Climb: 515m, Area: Slieve Snaght, Inishowen (Ireland) Sliev

  
Summit Comment
Corduff: My wee dander to the summit
Ulsterpooka 3 days ago.
I followed Muschi's and Paddyhilksbagger route. When going to the trig I moved on a few cows before I walked to the trig. After taking a few pics I seen the large brown bull in the field was block...

  
Forum: Suggestions
Clare Coastal Hills
simon3 3 days ago.
We have added 14 Coastal Hills for Clare today. Intriguing names like Stockeen Cliff Top, 185mJust to remind. A Coastal Hill is a hill of at least 50m with a drop from the top or prominence of 20m...

Track
Arona to Parador Hotel via Valle de Ucanca
GSheehy 3 days ago.
Sticking the boots in the bag, when the intention was to go and have a rest.Justifying a walk, that?s predominantly as walk, Len: 30.8km, Climb: 2274m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
Track
Cruach Eoghanach
Peter Walker 6 days ago.
Cruach Eoghanach is a handy outing on the days when you get out of the car, feel the force of the wind and rain, look... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 329m, Area: Cruach Eoghanach, S Donegal/W Tyrone (Ir

  
Summit Summary
Slieve Main: Inishowen's second mountain.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 days ago.
Parking in a small quarry 3km to the east at point C444 372, cross the smaller top of Damph and then head north, curving around the valley until you cross a fence at C425 380 then begin to ascend ...

Track
Pics de Batoua
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 18.3km, Climb: 1672m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Comment
Castlemahon Mountain: My outing to Castlemahon summit.
Ulsterpooka a week ago.
I followed Peter Walkers route and asked permission to walk to the summit mast. The person was very friendly and accommodating. I parked at the last house in what is a four house dwelling lane. Th...

  
Track
Amalfi: Ravello to Minori
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 3.5km, Climb: 12m, Area: Italy, Campania ()


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