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Hills. When I started, I was young. I bagged Munros, scaled crags, ran screes, denied Death ... saw God and heard wolves.
When I was young. Now I am old.

The last 10 years has seen a hatch, an infestation of walking clubs, rambling clubs, strolling clubs. No Munros, no crags, no screes, fair weather and safe in the middle pack.

When I started, I was young. When they started, they were old.
So now we are both old - alors - but I don't have to like it.

I do not like reminiscing with them about that lovely day we had on Keeper Hill or the fkn bluebells in Tullybrannigan wood.
I'd rather be recalling how Kenny had to be lifted off the Aonach Eagach or when Roisin got caught in that rockfall or how Alan and I ran up and off Tinto in 45 minutes which was long before the bleeding knee brigade was born.

But the most disappointing thing, something 'way beyond my own indignation, is there are no colts and fillies like Kenny or Roisin or Alan on the hill today. Not the real thing.

So when I saw them float in from beneath Thomas's, like ghosts, I swear I saw halos. Eyes like foxes'. Limbs elastic. Not a sag in the stretch pants and not one grey hair. Ascending that miserable bog like they were in a space ship.

I suppose more than 20 of them and every one travelling at a pace that startled me.

"Come up through the falls?" he asked me. Not a new-club-old-man question.
6 words and straight into talk of the Mournes Seven Sevens. "Any of you do it this year?" I asked.
Eight. Bldy eight of them! One of them liked it so much he just did it again a few days later.

This is the Northern Ireland Young Walkers Club. You can get them on the interweb. They are the real thing and I am so pleased to have met them, seen them in action and most importantly to know they are there.

I pulled away from them, not on some flea infested tourist trail but above the Black Stairs crag which is a comfortable distance from pipes, slippers and cardigans.
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Crossderry: Summit looking East.
hivisibility a few minutes ago.
Summit of Crossderry with view back towards Mothillín.There are 2 similar heights at the summit area. The summit is the one nearest the Eastern Reeks.

Ott Mountain to Slieve Meelmore
Aidy a few minutes ago.
Started at the Ott/Blue Quarry car park on the Moyad Road, and took a route taking in six summits, going over Ott Mou... walk, Len: 10.9km, Climb: 730m, Area: Ott Mountain, Mourne Mountains (Ireland)

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Stumpa Dúloigh SE Top: Fine views to the East...
hivisibility a few minutes ago.
The view to Knocknabreeda, Crossderry and Mothillín as seen from the aooroach to Stúmpa Dúloigh SE Top. Torc in the centre with Mangerton rising over to the right.

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Knocknabreeda: View of Carrauntoohil from the summit.
hivisibility less than an hour ago.
Carrauntoohil from Knocknabreeda summit.

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Stumpa Dúloigh SW Top: Approaching Stúmpa Dúloigh SW Top summit
hivisibility less than an hour ago.
Stumpa Dúloigh SW Top

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Knockaunanattin W Top: View from the summit
hivisibility less than an hour ago.
My view from Knockaunattin W Top.

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Slieve Meelmore: Fitting End To A Great Day's Walking
Aidy less than an hour ago.
My sixth and last summit of the day, Meelmore had looked magnificent from Meelbeg, and didn't disappoint now that I was on it, offering a fine vantage point itself. Views were particularly good to...

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Slieve Meelbeg: Perfect Viewing Point For Slieve Meelmore
Aidy less than an hour ago.
Summit number 5 of the day, and there were amazing views in all directions. My next and final summit would be Slieve Meelmore, and there was a particularly good view of it from here, lit up by pat...

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Slieve Loughshannagh: Great Viewing Point For The Rest Of The Mournes
Aidy an hour ago.
Fourth peak of the day, and the highest so far, having come via Ott Mountain, and Carn and Carn North Top. Views were spectacular, into the heart of the Mournes, over Lough Shannagh, Silent Valley...

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Carn Mountain North Top: Part Of A Great Mourne Walk
Aidy an hour ago.
The third summit in a six summit walk. Starting with Ott Mountain, I had been following the Mourne Wall since Carn Mountain and would continue along its course as far as Slieve Meelmore. A nice ro...

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Carn Mountain: Part Of Multi-Summit Walk
Aidy an hour ago.
My second summit of the day, arriving via Ott Mountain, before continuing alongside the Mourne Wall towards Slieve Loughshannagh. Easily included in a walk taking in several peaks.

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Ott Mountain: Easy Gateway Into The Mournes
Aidy an hour ago.
Starting from the Ott/Blue Quarry car park on the Moyad Road, there is a good track heading towards Ott. About halfway towards the summit, it veers towards the east, and I left the track there to ...

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