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2015-11-23 22:06:24
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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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Knockowen: October 2016
davsheen 3 days ago.
View of the impressive Glanrastel valley from the side of Knockowen

  
Summit Comment
Cupidstown Hill: Enhance this with a visit to Oughterard
Bunsen7 3 days ago.
Yes, perhaps this is not a very noteworthy hill. Cupidstown and Saggart Hill represent largely forest topped outliers of the Dublin/Wicklow range split from higher summits to the East by the N81. ...

  
Summit Comment
Cloghernagh: Picture
davsheen 3 days ago.
Cloghernagh Walk Nov 2016

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Near South Cork (Ireland)
sean_debarra 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 15m, Area: South Cork (Ireland)

  
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Route to Claggan NE Top
Onzy 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 8.0km, Climb: 2m, Area: Claggan Mountain NE Top, North Mayo (Ireland...

  
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Robber's Pass Hill: Minor heathery lump. Overcivilised and underwhelming.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a week ago.
This oddly named hill is more a very minor heathery bump incorporated into the system of tracks laid out by the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It can be reached from any of the western car-parks...

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Farbreague: from Arderin
ewen a week ago.
Walked to Farbreague from Arderin. There is a track that some kind soul has marked with sticks and ribbon. When I say track, it is really a worn down trough in the bog.The multicoloured pipe at th...

  
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Slievemore Circuit
Onzy 5 days ago.
Route over Slievemore descending over rough grouns to the SE for variety. walk, Len: 8.1km, Climb: 639m, Area: Slievemore, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Sliev...

  
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Tonelagee: Fore!!!
ewen a week ago.
Did from the Wicklow gap car park following track 2378.This starts immediately opposite the top entrance to the car park next to the main road. 5 days before there had been snow but now the path w...

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Brandon Hill: Grand on Brandon!
MountainBoy a week ago.
Me and my Dad climbed this from the farm track off the Graiguenamanagh-Instioge road on 26/11/16. Right after we got out of the car, we were faced with the dilemma of whether to go straight ahead ...

  
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Knockchree
David-Guenot 2 weeks ago.
An easy one to bag, but a gate/fence to cross at the top and some cows in the field (hopefully no bull), so it may be ... walk, Len: 3.6km, Climb: 127m, Area: Knockchree, Mourne Mountains (Ireland) K

  
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Croaghmoyle: Easy walk up to great views
Fergal Meath a week ago.
Low lying cloud/mist/fog discouraged me from putting the effort into going up Nephin today. On the way home I parked at the start of the Croaghmoyle service road and followed it past a wind turbin...


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