Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.

General Whatever you want to say that doesn't fit under the comments about places or another forum.
Sort by >

More controls

<< Prev page 1 .. 9 10 11 12 13 14 .. 372 Next page >>
Post details Post   (Expand pics)
Last one looking a.. by Aidy   (Show all posts)
Another one lookin.. by Aidy   (Show all posts)
I was in the Sperr.. by Aidy   (Show all posts)
The Cork Mountaine.. by simon3   (Show all posts)
CaptainVertigo
2016-03-21 22:55:45
"Stuck In The Muckish Zone" from CaptainVertigo Expand pics
Stuck In The Muckish Zone (Expand pics)
A Lesson Beneath Muckish
On St. Patrick's Day 2016, I was once again reminded of the frailty of my aging headpiece.
This time the location was a boreen which lay beneath Muckish, the towering table mountain of north Donegal. I had departed the Errigal Youth Hostel at dawn (yes, they take a liberal view of "youth" there). I had gone up and down the magnificent Aghlas from the west with considerable efficiency, and as the sun blazed in the early spring sky, I set Google Maps for Muckish.
It was to have been the crowning glory of a great day.
To save going around the longish way by Creeslough I accepted a proposal to short cut over bog roads north of the great mountain. They were grey rather than yellow on the OS map, suggesting danger. But hubris is not easily daunted.
I ignored the desperate pleas from Google Maps to await recalculation "on road" as the track surface faded and disintegrated. I rode my 2002 "Ham" (Seat Alhambra) like an Indian approaching a stagecoach. Fearlessly. Recklessly. My Inner Toad (of "Toad Hall") was humming "24 Hours from Tulsa". I paused The Ham before a huge muddy waterlogged hole in the road, reversed a bit and then accelerated into the black. And that was it. I was now well and truly stuck. Couldn't go forward. Couldn't go backwards. In the middle of nowhere.
I attempted to use my carjack to try to lift the wheels and build a road under them: to no avail. The stones I placed under the jack to act as foundations were simply pile-driven into the mess. Noon turned to 1pm. Ipm to 2pm. 2pm to 3pm...I was covered in black mud, exhausted and nearly defeated when I heard the familiar buzzing sound of a quad. Now, like most members of my tribe, I have always harboured a profound disdain for these ride-on lawnmowers and their owners.
Such destroyers of the wilderness must be barbarians? Let's be honest: you wouldn't want your daughter to marry one.
Well, I was taught a great lesson. The young man that shot through the air in his flying machine was a thorough gentleman. He tried everything to get me free. He carried stone after stone into the cess pit. He went off and found a rope and tried to pull the Ham free with his quad. Finally, when it was clear that we needed a tractor he drove off and located the only man in
north Donegal who wasn't pulling a float in a Paddy's Day Parade. I owe a great debt to the quad man, the tractor man and the family of four who stayed with me, and offered hope and encouragement. Even the little boy who kept whispering: "Daddy why
did the man drive into the hole? Why did the man drive into the hole? Why did the man drive into the hole."
Thank you all! And as for Muckish: "I'll be back". Back, but changed. A humbler, less judgmental hillwalker.
There's really no .. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all posts)
Hi folksI sit on t.. by Peter Walker   (Show all posts)
"Oh what a night. .. by Jim Holmes   (Show all posts)
Onzy, your photos .. by conormcbandon   (Show all posts)
Thank you Captain .. by Onzy   (Show all posts)


RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS 1 2 3 .. 22 Next page >>
Track
Scarr ridge from Trooperstown Carpark
simon3 16 hours ago.
A different place to start from to reach Scarr with a lot of car-parking. Return uses Wicklow Way in part. walk, Len: 14.2km, Climb: 498m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Scarr

  
Track
Near Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 3 days ago.
Caption walk, Len: 1.3km, Climb: 158m, Area: Ring Hill, Shannon (Ireland) Ring Hill

  
Summit Comment
Caora Bhán: Dunkerron ridge run
Dbosonnet 3 days ago.
Coomnacronia taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

Summit Comment
Topped Mountain: Short & simple
Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
A simple little Minion to climb (the name Topped 'Mountain' is a bit of a stretch). A gravel path & steps from a carpark will see you reach the top in about 15 minutes, and you won't even need you...

  
Track
Near Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
Sunday A walk started at Cush carpark taking in the soldier?s hole, Saunder?s Lodge, the grassey Knol, ice road. Lou walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 1000m, Area: Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains (Irela

  
Summit Comment
Crockmulroney: Good summit for Carn-baggers
Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
A fine hill with a well defined summit and great views. Plenty of parking spots along the R254 directly to the south of the summit. From there it's a relatively simple 1km climb to the top.

Summit Comment
Slievenashaska: Wild mountain run
Dbosonnet 3 days ago.
Slievenashaska taken from the Dunkerron ridge. Track 3488 for details

  
Summit Comment
Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 3 days ago.
For the walkers who may not wish to visit the summit area a photo of same.

  
Summit Comment
Oileán Mhuighinse: Galway Island
sandman 3 days ago.
The walk from the car parked at L7692629281 on the graveyard road to the high point is short but out from the public road it is entirely on private property . Access via the gate up to the small c...

Track
Into The Coum(eragh)'s
GSheehy 4 days ago.
The forecast was for heat, so I said I?d have an early start. Down to the base layer by the time I got to The Gap at ... walk, Len: 27.2km, Climb: 1226m, Area: Coumfea West Top, Comeragh Mountains (I

  
Summit Comment
Eanach Mheáin: Galway Island
sandman 3 days ago.
Connemara Island Golf Course is a nine hole course located on this island and just inside its entrance at L9080830893 is the 11th/17th hole where the natural high point is adjacent to the ladies t...

  
Summit Comment
Lettercallow: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
By parking at L8760028966 you can walk on to open hillside with no access issues . A gentle accent to the summit area which unlike its nearest neighbour has no seating arrangements for the visitor...


RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS 1 2 3 .. 22 Next page >>