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2009-05-08 21:41:10
"Splintery Rock" from dhmiriam Contract pics
Picture: Splintery Rock (Contract pics)

Mourne Novitiates.
Spring ’09. Leaving Newcastle, followed the Bryansford Road, B180, out toward Hilltown approx 3.5km until came to a small fork left off the road. The fork runs almost parallel with the B180 for a little. All for the alternative, but of no advantage, we passed the Trassey Track car park and made our way to the Meelmore Lodge, further along the road. Once parked, we turned left down a narrow stone-walled lane off the car park proper. Following this yellow furze road, heady with gorse aroma, we crossed a little bridge, travelled more lane, then through a gate out into open bog. Trees as rare as hen’s teeth here, birds fly low at viciously stealth-like-oblique angles, into and out of the gorse, making open bog a comfort. Skirting the sheep pens off to the left, one of us headed for the track and the other across the bog, bee like to begin with, and then rather waspish, as the terrain proves swampish and ugly going. Fording the Trassy river, a couple of times, we met with Speilic, or Spellack, (Splintery Rock) a spur off Meelmore, looming high and sheer over our right shoulder. Speilic’s bare rock face is badly scarred, once raised by the magnificent upheaval of earth plates; her tenacious granite was cracked and splintered by contraction as the great ice sheets scored across her over the millennia. Half way down her great stand, residual soil sits like a skirt hugging her girth, the earth still claiming hold, after the force upward. Small rocks and stones mimic river ‘flow’ down her drapes and folds. Once past Speilic, our track split, one fork branching to the right and the other decidedly forward. Frogspawn, frog, and frog-froth littered the wet gullies either side of the fork. The area teemed with the squirming mass making the drier path upwards a welcome escape. About 200m up Hare’s Gap’s 400m height, we turned to take in the vista below. Down’s Lough Island Reavey Resevoir glistened in the far distance, with as much of the world again spreading off into the beyond. It is spring but weather feigns a late May. Continuing our climb up Hare, the tedium of indecisive track or path, irritates, so eager to reach the top, Graham Preskett’s ‘Chevalier de Sangreal’ strikes up in the ‘inner’ ear, (the charismatic Jackill having the monopoly on ‘ten green bottles’) with each advancing step, until finally through the wall via the simplest of gates, the climatic overture, into another world. All in all, our only troubles north that Spring day, small kamikaze birds and incubating footprints filled with one eyed globules, and truth be told, we have that, south.
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Forum: General
THE POWER OF WORDS
Pepe 13 hours ago.
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 – ...

  
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Slieve Binnian: Mind how you go on a route Not Recommended
Pepe 17 hours ago.
Climbed this yesterday on the route leading from Brackenagh Bridge. Chose this route because I wanted to do Moolieve and the Wee Binnian on the way up. On a plus note a local farmer kindly let me ...

  
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Buckaun - Binnaw circuit.
simon3 19 hours ago.
Hydro scheme at Lough Nadirkmore.The walk starts from a point high in an east facing coum of Maumtrasna. This road goes walk, Len: 5.8km, Climb: 368m, Area: Partry/Joyce Country (Ireland)

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An Bhinn Bhuí: A spectacular landscape
Damian120 18 hours ago.
It's a seldom-visited area of County Mayo yet it boasts some of the most impressive coastal architecture in the entire country. After spending five years covering and exploring the landscape of th...

  
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Croghan Kinsella
jgfitz a day ago.
This is a variation on track #3938, so I will avoid repeating the comments made there, with which I fully agree. This... walk, Len: 11.4km, Climb: 412m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Irelan

  
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Knocknalougha South Top
Onzy a day ago.
Route to Knocknalougha South Top from Crow Hill carpark ... as outlined by melohara on the Hill Page... walk, Len: 11.7km, Climb: 430m, Area: Knocknalougha South Top, Knockmealdown Mo...

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Big Collin: Permission required?
StephenMullin a week ago.
Hi thereCan anybody tell me if permission is required to walk up Big Collin? If so, how does one go about obtaining this?Many thanks!

  
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12 (Listed) Bens - Revisited
GSheehy 3 days ago.
I was drawn back by the lure of completing the 2002 - 12 Bens Challenge route. I got the details from John J. Cotter w... walk, Len: 29.1km, Climb: 2598m, Area: Benglenisky, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Ben

  
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Anglesey Mountain: Great Carlingford views from a so-so top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
There is enough space to park one car at 100 167, just on the edge of a wood around a sharp u-bend. Proceed north for 100m before turning NE up a gentle slope, although the terrain is treacherous ...

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Re: Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
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Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Paou to Chorto return
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 8.3km, Climb: 237m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

  
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Pigeon Rock Mountain South Top: Nondescript summit for baggers only
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
Usually done in conjunction with Pigeon Rock itself, but can be done in isolation if you want. Car park can be found at 234 278 A. Take the track directly across the road that follows the Rocky Ri...


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