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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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Forum: General
Free Bus Service in the Nephew Begs
madfrankie 19 hours ago.
This from The Wild Nephew Beg Mountains Facebook page: The new free bus service is up and running that was set up to ferry people around the Nephin beg wilderness, So far take up on the bus has be...

  
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Sheep's Head Ramble...
Onzy a day ago.
walk, Len: 8.4km, Climb: 237m, Area: Cork Islands (Ireland)

  
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Croghan Hill: In the Steps of Old Croghan Man
ladyhawke1003 a day ago.
Croghan Hill is one of the main reasons I came to Ireland. I am researching Old Croghan Man for a book. Even with Mel's precise directions we had a little trouble finding the community centre. It ...

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Great Saltee Island: Bird's Glare
simon3 2 days ago.
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Near Knockshanahullion, Knockmealdown Mountains (Ireland)
jackill a day ago.
walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 518m, Area: Knockshanahullion, Knockmealdown Mountain...

  
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Curra Hill: Cloudy Climb
andreos97 6 days ago.
Fantastic walk, personally feel it's best starting your approach from Glenbeigh village and heading up through the forest as it's quite well signposted. Once leaving the cover of the trees, we wer...

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Fermoy Scouts night hike
jackill a day ago.
walk, Len: 19.5km, Climb: 928m, Area: Shannon (Ireland)

  
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Cnoc Lios Uachtair: Connemara in the round
fieldoptic a week ago.
An easy to access and navigate hill, well worth it for its central position and views in every direction. Park as previously suggested at L8530 4820 and head north east before swinging north. The ...

  
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The Sturrall
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 9.1km, Climb: 268m, Area: Donegal Islands (Ireland)

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Cnoc Mordáin: Long Connemara Summer Evening
fieldoptic a week ago.
Though the road near L88003920 appears unfenced you will encounter a fence very soon after leaving the road. This fence extends along this back road, Bothar na Scrathóg and keeps cattle in typical...

  
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Croaghavehy
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
As prescribed by Mr Sandman. Parked at the Glengesh viewpoint (where I got to admire some quite astonishing car positi... walk, Len: 3.0km, Climb: 114m, Area: Croaghavehy, Donegal SW (Ireland) Croagh

  
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Ballinacorbeg: Worth a brief visit
Bunsen7 a week ago.
Pleasantly surprised by this, could clearly see Lugnaquilla and Croaghanmoira, as well as numerous other summits, slightly awkward entry into the fields just west of the forest which don't appear ...


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