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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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A Long Walk to Conigar
CaptainVertigo an hour ago.
walk, Len: 27.1km, Climb: 1095m, Area: Coomataggart, Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland) C...

  
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Cycle around Ballinastoe etc.
simon3 4 hours ago.
A cycling track. run, Len: 29.5km, Climb: 399m, Area: Robber's Pass Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Irelan...

  
Summit Comment
Slievecoiltia: Will explore next time.
Corkonian 18 hours ago.
There is a drive to the top. Busy place. Good views from the top.

Forum: General
Benbulben Caves
40Shades 22 hours ago.
Does anyone have any grid refs for caves in or around Benbulben in Co Sligo ? I know of the one on the left as you ascend the gully from Luke's Bridge but I hear of one in or about Cartronwilliamo...

  
Summit Comment
Lacken Hill: Great views. Good spot.
Corkonian 18 hours ago.
Good spot and a good place to walk. Final part of the climb to the top is a bit of a challenge. Spectacular wide ranging views from the hill top. Also historical monuments on the hill top. Underst...

  
Summit Comment
Maumfin: Cattle might be a problem
eamonoc a day ago.
On 20/4/2017, at 07.4am drove to L 65405 59318, at area noted as Tievegariff on OS sheet 37. Parked opposite old abandoned cottage, went through gate and onto a well made farm tack uphill to two o...

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Slievekeeragh Hill
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
(We did start from the Mamore Gap road). Slievekeeragh Hill from the roadSlievekeeragh Hill is an outlier of Raghtin M... walk, Len: 7.4km, Climb: 238m, Area: Slievekeeragh Hill, Inishowen (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Cnoc na Sleá: Sunset At The Murder Hole
Aidy 3 days ago.
In my main summit comment I mentioned the steep northern sides of both Crocknasleigh and Gortnalughuge that I had descended to get to the Murder Hole at Boyeeghter Bay for sunset. This photo shows...

  
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Shteep ol' Steeple and Co
Bunsen7 6 days ago.
This looped track offers Slievenalecka's steep north ridge with Loch an Duin view as a starter, Cnapan Mor with Cruac... walk, Len: 14.8km, Climb: 829m, Area: An Starraic?n, Central Dingle (Ireland)

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Cnoc na Sleá: Not To Be Judged On Size
Aidy 3 days ago.
A small hill, but as it can form part of an extended walk, has some very steep sides, and has some of the best views in the country, it cannot be judged by size alone. I started at the car park at...

  
Forum: General
GPS Device Found
GSheehy 2 weeks ago.
GPS Unit found in the Maumturks . Contact 086/8449239 for details.

  
Summit Comment
Knockalla: Try To Walk The Whole Ridge
Aidy 3 days ago.
I started at C247 336 and followed the good quality track up to the loughs in the centre of the ridge, then headed south west to the summit. The views there are stunning, taking in the sea channel...


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