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kernowclimber
2014-06-17 13:03:16
"A knight in shining armour!" from kernowclimber Expand pics
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You never know who you'll meet
We were over half way round a Glenbeigh Horseshoe mega route and had begun our descent off Teeromoyle Mountain when we saw a figure making his ascent. This was the first person we had encountered all day. As we approached, the figure looked somehow familiar, the frame, the jaunty gait, walking poles swinging out in front. Just when I had my suspicions about who the mystery figure could be, we heard the strains of a song: 'she'll be coming round the mountain when she comes...' It was none other than Wicklore! It made for a great interlude to our summit bagging exercise to stop and have a chat with him and to exchange some useful information about the remainder of the routes we were all to traverse. On a brutally hot day, he was planing to bag two more summits and, rather than going back the way he had come, was thinking about dropping down from Teermoyle to pick up a track onto the Kerry Way to walk back to his car parked on the road in the valley below Drung Hill. We proceeded to traverse the thrilling arÍte to Keamconneragh (also known as Teeromoyle Tooth) and were approaching the top of Mullaghnarakill, when we spied Wicklore heading up the slopes below. Atop the summit we stopped for an energy bar break and to admire the views, and were soon reunited with him. He had decided to head back the same way after all and very kindly offered to drive us back to Glenbeigh where he was also staying. I can't tell you all how grateful we were to him for that lift! For after bagging the hag ridden Been Hill and slogging it up Beenmore, only to be confronted by a viciously steep and long descent off Drung Hill onto the stony Kerry Way, the thought of our now weary feet having to follow that all the way back to our hostel in Glenbeigh as planned, had somewhat lost its allure! Wicklore sums up all that is good and fine and noble about hill walking and the lovely camaraderie that exists among our community. Thanks once again.
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