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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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