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2013-07-08 16:38:23
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Conversion. T.S. Eliot to Catholicism, Cat Stevens to Islam, Ireland to the Euro..... Should it all be treated with suspicion?
The weather was so splendid yesterday, yer Mother in Law would have looked good in it. So, was my epiphany, my revelation, my conversion to the mindblowingly beautiful Southern Mournes clouded (sic) by meteorology?
I know a man who grew up at the foot of the lovely Galloway Hills in South West Scotland - and had to be a stranger for 15 years before he ventured into them for the first time. The same man is 18 years in Ireland with an intimate knowledge of the High Eastern Mournes, competent in the Western Mournes, a working knowledge of the Galtees, a handle on the Reeks, etc etc ........... and a complete innocent among the Southern Mournes - 30 minutes from his own doorstep.
The very characteristic that drove the Celts of these islands to rule the world - "adventure" - is the very one that has us turn up our noses at the marvels on our own doorstep.
So when I commend the Southern Mournes to every mountainviewer, I do it a bit shamefacedly - but I commend them nonetheless.
My first solo venture into them - not big, not clever, not challenging - but that is not what they are about. What they are about is scenery "from", that is so big it just won't fit inside your head. Don't go there if you get agoraphobia.
My route was Kilbroney (out of Rostrevor) - direct ascent to Cloghmore - Slievemeen - Slieve Martin - traverse Knockshee - return summit of Knockshee to Slieve Martin - main track back to Kilbroney.
Absolutely go and do it now.
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