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Bleck Cra
2007-11-15 22:04:02
TWO BY TWO OR 4x4s?
Ten years ago a man could stand on Crannoge and touch air like it was Christmas tinsel: gritty, washed, sparkling. It was arid - like a desert, arid. Heather clung grudgingly; at the first opportunity to be off. An drunken bumble bee floated in from Spain or Poland. And we talked of countryside and environment. Our countryside. We had space - but countryside?! A year ago, I watched, under an unfazed sun, the golden aura of God’s most articulate aeronaut, a peregrine, dislodge a troupe of brown lizards. On the rock - off the rock - on the rock - off the rock. For a serpent only invented yesterday, it was singularly unnerving to be stalked by a raptor only invented this morning. Suddenly the Mourne Mountains abound with fauna, the like of which has not been seen for generations. Goats the size of deer, T-cut within an inch of their lives; raptors big, bold, bad and glistening; beetles the size of boots. Correct me if I am wrong (and I know some swat will), but are fishermen within the fall-out footprint of Chernobyl not now called something like “lucky fisherman” ?: because the land, even irradiated by something quite appalling has now borne beasts of the field, the river and the air of fabulous proportions. No this is not the sci-fi world of the doom-mongers but a true bill and they are as healthy as butchers’ dogs. The Mournes is transforming: is it you, me and other participants effecting this? Is it the retreat or the onset of some natural meteorology? Whatever it is y’all, it is certainly not as simple at the line one political agenda or another peddles. So believe none of it: absolutely none and go visit YOUR new eden - the Mourne Mountains Co Down.
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Summit Comment
Divis: Great views
Wilderness 14 hours ago.
Not much of a climb because the car park is quite high up.On a good day the views at the top are amazing. I got a very clear day when I walked to the top last year. Looking in the southerly direct...

  
Summit Comment
Divis: Great views
Wilderness a day ago.
A lovely mountain with great extensive views of Ulster and Scotland. The car park lies south west of the Divis summit and is nearly 300 meters above sea level giving you an easier climb to the top...

  
Track
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peter1 a day ago.
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Knocknadobar: Great views
Wilderness a day ago.
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Summit Comment
Croagh Patrick: Cold climb
Wilderness a day ago.
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Gaugin Mountain: Clear morning
Wilderness a day ago.
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caseyc481 6 days ago.
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HoschIchenheim 3 days ago.
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mcrtchly 3 days ago.
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Knocknacusha: Nice end to a day out.
muddyboots 4 days ago.
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Bunsen7 a week ago.
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