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Have I become an anachronism?

Do we all? Are all the things that made us, now out of production?

Night before. Beer. Boots. Map - all of it. Check kit. Plan route. Re-check kit.
Pack map, compass, wit, intuition and little else.
We and the Mountain.
But where have … we … gone?

2 to the view. 2 to the craic. 6 to the mountain. 10 if you could make it work.
Instead we now have runners - the best of whom I love; the worst I loathe. Gripping your knees and wailing to an impassive God. Train more or don't train at all but would you ever give it up with the wailey kneesy thing?
And them who would be inventors of data. Shall it be a hill or not a hill? Shall we put it in the blue box or the pink box? Maps around your necks and theodolites.
Then there's the blathering oul boys and cougar oul dolls. Sure what's not to like?
But where have … we … gone?

Once …. dawn. 4 boys in a car. From too much beer last night to too much beer tonight. Breath like cheese 'n' onion but minds sharp, eyes clear. Like foxes'.
A rockfall. Maybe an avalanche. A scramble off a knife ridge. Snow cornices suspended above the wind. A pub with potato dinners and beer.

Yesterday was a mystery. Fog that clung and dragged petulantly across the tops.
Up out of the crags off Legawherry they came. Like a desert platoon.
And they knew - that I knew - what they knew.
We and the mountain.
Not a word about properties in Shammy Knicks. Not a word about Volvos.
We and the mountain.
Silent exchange and gone.
 
She passed me on the steps to the Saddle. I was into them under 30 mins out of Newcastle - and she passed me like a shadow.
Ass tight. Stretch pants tight. Night-black hair screwed into a pigtail. Tight. Tightest of tight lines.
Shoulders rolled like on filament springs. Girl's hips powered contoured legs.
None of your affected Good Mornings that so challenge suburban new man. Brief aside on the clemency of the weather.
And she knew - that I new - what she knew.
We and the Mountain.

Nous sommes ici mon brave. Encore. Elite. Vive.
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Pic Rouge de Bassiès
David-Guenot 5 hours ago.
This was the first of the two big hikes I did in the Pyrenees in summer 2016. Hiking in the summer often means a sunny d walk, Len: 16.3km, Climb: 1342m, Area: France, Midi-Pyr?n?es ()

  
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Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 8 hours ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit.On the crest of the hill the summit cairn is over a wall to your right...

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Bog and rough ground.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 8 hours ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit of Seefin Mountain East top.Follow the track on downhill from the cres...

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Seefin South-East Top: Seefin South East Top is easily visited
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 9 hours ago.
Seefin South East Top is easily visited from the track leading to Seefin Mountain East Top and Seefin Mountain West Top which starts st R66276 16811. Just follow the track to R65202 17892 from whe...

  
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Knockmealdown Round - Out by the spine. Back by the belly.
GSheehy 2 days ago.
An early start had me on Crohan West at 08:00. It was a glorious morning. This is what Bowie meant by ?serious moonli... walk, Len: 45.8km, Climb: 1968m, Area: Crohan West, Knockmealdown Mountains (I

  
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Carnaween: The visitors book box near the summit
Aidy 4 days ago.
Just wanted to show the brilliantly constructed little box which contains the visitors book. It was too wet and windy on my visit to take it out and risk ruining it. A few shafts of light breaking...

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MV Mountain Gathering 2017
Onzy 2 days ago.
Always a great night ... all welcome.

  
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Carnaween: Bad Weather Adding Drama To Great Views
Aidy 4 days ago.
I used the commonly taken route from Disert Graveyard (worth a visit in its own right) over ground that was alternatively boggy or pretty steep. It was freezing cold in these parts, with a strong ...

  
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Corrin: A family stroll.
David-Guenot a week ago.
Climbed this hill in November 2014, with a friend who used to live in the area. Starting at the Coillte car park, we did a nice loop on the forest paths, circling around the hill in an anticlockwi...

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Central Dingle Quartet from Anascual
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 15.8km, Climb: 949m, Area: Stradbally Mountain, Central Dingle (Irel...

  
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Luggala: Fancy View from White Hill
davsheen 2 weeks ago.
Autumn's evening view across to Luggala/Fancy from White Hill on route down from Djouce using the Wicklow Way boardwalk section.

  
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Binn Charrach: The peat-hag capital of Connemara
markwallace 2 weeks ago.
The descent from Benbaun to the R344 via Knockpasheemore/Binn Charrach is hard going after a day in the Bens. The Knockpasheemore ridge looks nice and flat from below, but is boggy, undulating and...


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