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Maybe its just me .. by jackill   (Show all posts)
weedavie
2008-12-09 19:01:42
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The Parish magazine
Well, Claude Hopper, this is going to sound vague, but I don't have an aim in view. I could quote some fanzines I like (Simon suggested footzines) but we should make our own mistakes. I've been writing my rambling efforts for over a year just because I like doing them. I've had no way of telling whether I'm a lonely egotist or the first green shoot of springtime. So I thought I'd suggest a body of writing and see if I got takers.

I've liked MV since I found it five years ago. There are a lot of contributors whose writings I wait eagerly for. There are others who think a chocolate box picture or a note to the effect that you can see further if there's no cloud is of value. I'd like to see some extended pieces from either lot.

Here are some of my own favourite pieces of mountain writing. Muriel Gray in the First 50 describing a climb of Schiehallion. She has a hangover and ends up smashing a flask of tomato soup over her boyfriend's head. Tom Patey's first winter traverse of the Cuillins in One Man's Mountains. It contains hangovers, ceilidhs, a near-death crampon and abseil experience and a novel way of lightening your load in the middle of a route. Frank O'Connor the Mass Island, about mountain people not mountains but gave me the excuse to do the hills round Gougane Barra. Binn Baun in Joss Lynam's Best Irish Walks - nothing special but got me back on Irish hills 10 years ago.

I'd just like to get some people who want to inflict their views on others. Could be routes, could be rants, could be thinly disguised efforts to bring their thoughts on Dr Strangely Strange before a wider public. Maybe we'll get nothing we like and we'll just throw the idea away. But I think there's definitely a gap we could fill here. So write to me at group@mountainviews.ie
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Mullaghnacross Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman less than an hour ago.
You have an option for access to the summit area of this hill either by the farm gate located at G1939433614 or thru the front gate of the house adjacent now thru the front door down the hall and ...

  
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Pic du Canigou
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
Ascending Catalogna's sacred mountain from the hamlet of Los Masos de Vallmanya, on well-marked trails, with two breaks walk, Len: 24.8km, Climb: 1853m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Exploration of Wicklow Head from the north.
simon3 a day ago.
As you will immediately see from the track this was an exploration of what is possible thoroughly exploring various d... walk, Len: 6.6km, Climb: 126m, Area: Brides Hill, Wicklow Coastal Hill (Irelan

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The Eagles Rock: A short but sweet scramble
IainT 3 days ago.
One of the few Irish summits that needs the use of hands by the easiest route. Those happy with exposure can get a good airy scramble (grade 2, pushing 3 maybe), by slanting left up an obvious ram...

  
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Ramble on Ireland's Eye
wicklore 4 days ago.
A short walk on Ireland's Eye in September 2015. Original plan to visit earlier in the summer was thwarted by a huge f... walk, Len: 2.6km, Climb: 80m, Area: Ireland's Eye, Dublin Islands (Ireland) I

  
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Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 3 days ago.
Gabbro is one of the roughest and most frictiony rocks around and is superb for scrambling on, as all visitors to the Skye Cuiilin across the water know. I never realised until yesterday that Slie...

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Ballyguile Hill: Viewed from the south. Hope you like masts.
simon3 2 days ago.
Ballyguile Hill can also be seen well from the south. Here's a view taken from near Brides Hill (a coastal hill near Wicklow Head)

  
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Pic de Cagire Loop
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
A great loop walk in one of my favourite areas in the Pyrenees, which should have hardly taken more than 4h30 hadn't I m walk, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 892m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Clermont Carn: Easy but a great view.
IainT 3 days ago.
If you drive up the road this has to be a contender for the easiest summit in Ireland, but it's well worth doing for the superb view. Wicklow to Donegal, with the Meath lowlands spread out like a ...

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Seanadh Bhéara: Access
sandman 5 days ago.
To answer the query raised by TommyV for at the time to facilitate parking on a narrow road and not wishing to park on the N59 i parked beside the farm yard with a view to access the hill via the ...

  
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Benbeg to Cuilcagh
dmcdevitt 5 days ago.
GPS was not accurate during the walk. learn't a lesson not to use your phone app to track your walk but overall it is ac walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 447m, Area: Benbeg, Breifne (Ireland) Benbeg

  
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Ireland's Eye: Screams were heard, getting fainter and fainter…
wicklore 5 days ago.
Ireland's Eye is situated about 1.5kms north of Howth Harbour. In Celtic times it was called Eria’s Island and then Erin’s Island. The Norse called it Erin’s Ey and this became Ireland’s Eye. (Ey ...


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