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So sind Sie an den.. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all posts)
Bleck Cra
2005-03-31 17:14:57
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Chilly? Take a large rucksac and the bare minimum for a night on the hill. Tent - check. Sleeping bag - check. Lamp ….. and so on. Kenwood mixer - check. Bind yourself in and lit out up the Glen River for the grassy platforms pre the Pots. In minutes you will be praying for frostbite. Last time Cra was toting kit this size, he was off to fight for Franco. Now, remember the physics of bearing a small village on your shoulders. Lean slightly forward and it will bury you, teeth first, in the bog. In rivers, it will hold you under until drowned. But my favourite is fences. Gravity meets centrifugal force and suddenly it whips you ‘round like a nite-club bouncer; you hang on until the fence unpicks itself and encases you in a cocoon of barbed wire - this way it’s easier for the farmer to find and shoot you. She’s a Commedagh, but not accommodating (apologies) and in porridge-thick mirk as anyone who trawls her northern slopes knows, the only guide is “down”, best declining the Pots’ own version. But pitch here and you’re truly lost. Need a visual - like a summit cairn and a compass bearing. So ascend an ever-increasing incline until it dawns in your fat head that you’re actually half way up the Pots and the same distance to your death. Come off and effect a wholly minging traverse to beneath The Saddle - sweat Alien style. Normal ET 45 mins; as the Cra flies, three and a half hours. Pitch tent exposed and high enough to unnerve any do-badders and break free for a few hours amongst reluctant hills. Return and shift all night like a restless child between the soft bellies of gigantic parents.
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