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mcrtchly
2014-09-21 11:08:42
"Everest, THE mountain view, flanked by Lhotse on the left and Makalu on the right. Visible between Lhotse and Everest is the South Col and the slope to the south and main summits of Everest - the normal way of ascent from Nepal." from mcrtchly Expand pics
Everest, THE mountain view, flanked by Lhotse on the left and Makalu on the right. Visible between Lhotse and Everest is the South Col and the slope to the south and main summits of Everest - the normal way of ascent from Nepal. (Expand pics)
THE mountain view
We can sometimes get spectacular views of the 'mountains' in Ireland, when it's not raining. The same is true in NE India where the summer Monsoon can obscure not just the views but make you feel like you are hiking underneath a powershower at altitude. We did a 5 day trek in the Singalila National Park near to Darjeeling along the India-Nepal border which reaches the highest points in West Bengal at Sandakphu and Phalut (over 3600m). A break in the Monsoon gave us a spectacular and unforgettable panoramic view of the Himalayas. An almost 180 degree spread of snow covered peaks stretching from deep within Nepal to our left, Sikkim state ahead and Bhutan to our right. The view ahead was dominated by the various summits of Kangchenjunga, which at 8598m was once thought to be the highest mountain on Earth and is now measured as the third highest. But the prize view most surely be that of Everest, some 220km distance from us, guarded as it was by the imposing summits of Lhotse and Makalu.

We were very fortunate to get the views of the Himalayas on three successive mornings before the heat of the day boiled up cloud to obscure the view and the inevitable afternoon downpour of rain left us soaking again.


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Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 6 days 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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Illanmaster: Watching Over.
sandman a day ago.
This hill watches over Illanmaster Island and although its summit is nothing of note its cliffs are fantastic. As described previously this can be part of a coastal walk or for direct accent park ...

  
Track
Mweelrea Mt via Ben Lugmore
marzka a day ago.
A very nice walk with amazing views and small bit of scrambling which can be avoided.Dificulty: Medium- ascending via... walk, Len: 13.4km, Climb: 1111m, Area: Ben Lugmore East Top, Mweelrea Mountain

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Corraduff Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Corraduff Hill as seen from the Benwee Loop Walk.

  
Track
Bencorrbeg - Binn an Choire and Binn Dubh
marzka a day ago.
Very nice walk with a bit of scrambling.And this GPS track involve that mentioned part of scrambling - but if you want... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 944m, Area: Bencorrbeg, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Benco

  
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Benwee NE Head: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
It is easy to reach the area i took the photo from just a slight detour off the Benwee Loop Walk F8220244947 it is the next bit that the problem arises. Definitely an Ian Miller summit.

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Teermoyle and Been Hill
marzka a day ago.
Very nice walk with goregous views.Dificulty: Medium- a bit wet terrain, mostly grassy- some small part of walk on th... walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 843m, Area: Keamconneragh, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Irel

  
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Doonvinalla W Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
The Stags of Broad Haven just one of the fantastic photo opportunities from this summit which is easily accessed from the Benwee Loop Walk the easy option from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259.

  
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Mangerton via Stoompa and Horses Glen
marzka a day ago.
Lovely walk with stunning views.Dificulty: Medim- wet terrain as crossing the Owgariff river- very steepy descending w... walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 673m, Area: Stoompa, Mangerton (Ireland) Stoompa, M

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Doonvinalla E Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Easy access from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259 follow the Benwee Loop walk and branch off where appropriate . The photo shows views across towards Benwee Head in the background .

  
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Carrauntoohil via central guy and dawn via oshea-gully WINTER WALK
marzka a day ago.
This is a winter climb, therefore the winter equipment is needed and extra time should be added while planning that r... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 779m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ir

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Looking across to Doonvinalla N Top from E Top i decided it was above my pay grade to attempt the summit climb today . But to the right of the photo a route to the top seemingly exists so another ...


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