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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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The Eagles Rock: A short but sweet scramble
IainT 2 hours ago.
One of the few Irish summits that needs the use of hands by the easiest route. Those happy with exposure can get a good airy scramble (grade 2, pushing 3 maybe), by slanting left up an obvious ram...

  
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Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 2 hours ago.
Gabbro is one of the roughest and most frictiony rocks around and is superb for scrambling on, as all visitors to the Skye Cuiilin across the water know. I never realised until yesterday that Slie...

  
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Clermont Carn: Easy but a great view.
IainT 3 hours ago.
If you drive up the road this has to be a contender for the easiest summit in Ireland, but it's well worth doing for the superb view. Wicklow to Donegal, with the Meath lowlands spread out like a ...

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Pic du Canigou
David-Guenot 6 hours ago.
Ascending Catalogna's sacred mountain from the hamlet of Los Masos de Vallmanya, on well-marked trails, with two breaks walk, Len: 24.8km, Climb: 1853m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Windphone project destroyed
wicklore 20 hours ago.
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Ramble on Ireland's Eye
wicklore a day ago.
A short walk on Ireland's Eye in September 2015. Original plan to visit earlier in the summer was thwarted by a huge f... walk, Len: 2.6km, Climb: 80m, Area: Ireland's Eye, Dublin Islands (Ireland) I

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Seanadh Bhéara: Access
sandman a day ago.
To answer the query raised by TommyV for at the time to facilitate parking on a narrow road and not wishing to park on the N59 i parked beside the farm yard with a view to access the hill via the ...

  
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Pic de Cagire Loop
David-Guenot a day ago.
A great loop walk in one of my favourite areas in the Pyrenees, which should have hardly taken more than 4h30 hadn't I m walk, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 892m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Ireland's Eye: Screams were heard, getting fainter and fainter…
wicklore a day ago.
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Carhoo Hill: Dingle Eask Tower
Collaborative entry Last edit by: aidand 2 days ago.
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Seanadh Bhéara: Access Issues
TommyV 2 days ago.
I was bagging a few hills in the South Connemara on Saturday 12th August. Shannavara was to be my 4th hill of the day. I followed bryanmccabe's directions and met the landowner who was out and abo...

  
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Benbeg to Cuilcagh
dmcdevitt 2 days ago.
GPS was not accurate during the walk. learn't a lesson not to use your phone app to track your walk but overall it is ac walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 447m, Area: Benbeg, Breifne (Ireland) Benbeg


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