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Pepe
2018-10-19 14:49:01
THE POWER OF WORDS
There I was scratching around on Slieve Binnian. Up top, I bumped into a couple out hillwalking for the day. Pleasantries were exchanged – which way did you come up, fabulous views, the weather – usual mountain chitchat. From their accents they were clearly Northern. My accent is plainly Southern. As we parted, I enquired, “Is that the summit?” pointing at a nearby tor.
“It is,” the man responded. His parting shot? He smiled and added, “You’re on the third highest mountain in the country.”
Seven hundred years of hackles suddenly rose on the back of my neck. The green voice inside my head was outraged. That voice wanted to say, “Actually, the third highest mountain in THE COUNTRY is in Kerry. Slieve Binnian is (I checked this later in the MV summit book) the 36th highest peak in THE COUNTRY, not the third. It’s third highest in OUR FOURTH GREEN FIELD.” But of course I said none of this. I just smiled, bid them adieu, and off I went scrambling up the tor.
It occurred to me, as I watched from above the couple disappear down the path, what might have happened had I said something in response to this man who, given what he had said, must be a paid-up, card carrying member of the DUP. Did he say those words in an attempt to deliver a message?
Nonsense. Of course he didn’t. Nonetheless I amused myself inventing a few newspaper headlines: “Political Row On Ulster Mountain,” “Brexit Talks Stall As Violence Breaks Out In The Mournes,” “Crazed Southerner Pushes Man Off Ridge,” “Battle Of Boyne Re-enacted On Slieve Binnian”. Isn’t it weird and wonderful the things that sometimes happen on wild mountains – and the wild thoughts that come into our heads, set off by the usage of mere words?
Peter Walker
2018-10-17 07:27:22
Re: Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon
Hi daithi07

The 'what's left to do in Ireland' article currently lives largely in my head rather than anywhere more tangible. It will see the light of day at some point in the next few months. I am just checking a few things (I don't want to give away people's projects!) and then I can suggest some to you.

In the meantime, we did do an article about a 'fairly tough' mountain challenge in the 05/2018 newsletter if you're interested...
daithi07
2018-10-12 13:15:36
Sligo- Leitrim-Roscommon
That sounds good Peter... I can't seem to find the article, is it on here somewhere? Big fan of the Bob Graham loop, etc. so would be on for anything really that involves running up, down and between hills!
Peter Walker
2018-10-11 19:36:06
Re: Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon
Hi daithi07

I have a (very vague!) outline of an article on 'what is left to do in the Irish hills?' and I have some ideas you might be interested in.

How about looking to do something similar to the Lakeland 24hr record, and the Scottish Munros 24hr record? Visit as many Arderin summits entirely on foot in 24 hours, returning to the starting point. I'm not aware of an existing record for this. You could become Ireland's Bob Graham! ;-)
daithi07
2018-10-11 11:12:01
Sligo- Leitrim-Roscommon
Yes simon3, that's the idea. Start in Sligo and as you say traverse to Leitrim quickly before running south and completing the Roscommon edition. The goal would be to set a benchmark time for the ext person to better whilst bagging three highpoints in the one session. Would also be interested in other combinations if anyone has suggestions, anything that involves a number of peaks within a few hours to quite a few run of each other!
simon3
2018-10-10 21:20:56
Re Sligo- Leitrim-Roscommon
daithi07, I haven't heard of anyone doing that combination. Of course the Sligo-Leitrim bit is going to be stunningly easy since they are so close. Would you be planning to run from Truskmore to Seltannasaggart (the highpoint of Roscommon) .. that's going to be a road marathon.
daithi07
2018-10-10 18:19:50
Sligo- Leitrim-Roscommon
Just wondering if anybody has attempted the highest point summits of these three counties in one go? Considering running them so would be looking into best routes, etc.
tomlug48
2018-10-10 17:37:58
"Upper Lough Bray with Autumnal Colours" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Upper Lough Bray with Autumnal Colours (Contract pics)

Kippure and Lough Bray
A nice fresh October hike of 12 km through a boggy tack over moorland from Glencree to Kippure summit & down to Lough Bray & Eagles Crag . Beautiful vista and a clear blue 360 degree panorama all round from the summit . Chilly but crisp and clear with excellent visibility on a beautiful blue day.
Kippure at 757m is the highest and most southerly summit in Dublin. It is crowned by a 110 metre high transmitter, and is approachable from all points of the compass...mostly over fairly rough boggy ground and many peat hags as one approaches the summit.
The surrounding views on a good clear day are impressive in all directions, taking in Dublin, Bray, the Irish Sea and many of the Wicklow hills all around....... Seahan ,Seefingin ,Glennasmole ,Ballymorefinn all clearly within view nearby to the west and northwest. .Gravale ,Duff Hill & Mullaghcleevaun to the south, War Hill & Djouce to the south east with the the Sugarloaf and Maulin peeping through the Tonduffs. The twin corries of Lough Bray shimmered in the evening sun, as we made our way down and the periphery of the blue lower lake was tinged with the beautiful red autumnal colours of the surrounding trees.. The Eagles Crag wedged between the two lakes is well known to harbour some peregrine falcons, and on the crag itself some holes are visible in a rock slab underfoot indicating ( some believe ) the former existence of a look out post over the Military Road.
Tomlug 48
weedavie
2018-10-08 16:29:32
Devil's Mother unvisited
Thanks all for the information. Sense dictated we used an easier recuperation route so we went up the Sheefries instead. It's fun watching someone' face as you cross that dull plateau and are suddenly faced with one of the top vistas in Ireland. Released a sheep on the way down. It had managed to put its head through one square and its legs through another of a mesh fence. Getting the horns back through was quite a trick and I couldn't have done it without Gill immobilising the beast.

Thought of doing the Devil's Mother the next day myself but got the Devil's weather. I'll get there soon.
Peter Walker
2018-10-04 07:16:30
Devil's Mother query encore
Hi weedavie

Some background to the track I uploaded...

Conditions were REALLY good...excellent visibility (see photos) and easy underfoot as it was during a very dry spell of weather.

In terms of time...I'm a (generally) quite brisk solo walker, and I was hurrying a bit towards the end as the light was failing and I wanted to quickly recce something else before going to the hotel. Against that, I did take a LOT of photos on the Devilsmother ridge, because it's pretty hard not to ;-)

Regarding the steepness of the ascentdescent down said ridge...it's not at all dangerous with normal care but it definitely is a lungbuster going up and a kneewrecker going down, particularly in the lower section.

Given the circumstances of your partner I might choose to go up that ridge first.


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