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weedavie
2009-02-09 17:56:47
Walking in scanties
PDTempan's quest for an Irish crossing by Hamish Brown got me tempted. I presume it's Hamish's Groat's End Walk - in fact I see Mad Frankie says it is - and I expect it involves him doing the Furth Munros (a patronising Scottish term for the 3000 feeters outside Scotland but within the isles.) AS MF says, you might want to check up on Hamish's Mountain Walk, his account of the first single journey ascent of all the Munros. It took him 112 days, using only ferries and a bicycle as mechanical assistance to climb the 277-odd mountains. The record's now under 50 days and held by someone who gave up on ferries, just swam from Mull, swam Loch Lomond and swam to Skye (took the bridge back, the sissie.)

It's a fascinating book but Hamish is clearly a few rocks short of the summit cairn. His religiosity is annoying and you have to worry about his habit of walking in his underpants reading his bible. His confession to a single sexual fantasy on the journey while refusing to give details is just teasing. While he celebrates access to the mountains, his attitude to other walkers makes me seem inclusive. Brightly coloured jackets or tents are out. A real walker he calls a gangrel body but only bestows this accolade once in the entire trip.

But laying that aside, if you're hooked on the Scottish hills (PD's right, we have a lot of trouble with calling them mountains and the couple I can think of called Mount are pathetic specimens), it's a book with a lot of virtues.
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Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a day ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

  
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WalkinIreland a day ago.
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Tievnabinnia: Bulky Sheeffrys summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a day ago.
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Maumtrasna: A steep-sided fortress in the West
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 days ago.
Maumtrasna is one of the most singular mountains in Ireland, a monumental sprawl of plateau plunging away in viciously steep slopes around almost all of its perimeter; these slopes are themselves ...

  
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Near Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland)
Gus a day ago.
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Corn Hill: New Pathway around the Summit
TommyMc 5 days ago.
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Wicklow: Cullentragh Mountain
Onzy 5 days ago.
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TommyV a week ago.
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A Postcard from the Edge
mcrtchly a week ago.
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Vinegar Hill: Steeped in history.
TommyV a week ago.
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Croagh Patrick & Lugnademon
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