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david kirk
2009-10-29 21:14:53
Getting old? Aim high!
You old(er) farts of Ireland - awake . . . !
Youve enjoyed decades of rambling and scrambling, of enjoying the good grey rock that loves the grasping hand but now, probably past 60 (or, like some people I know, past 40!) youre getting, well, not lazy exactly, but age and booze are threatening to take a toll and you find that the tracks between the mountains more alluring than the summits that used to lure you.
Big mistake! Huge! And its all in the mind. Theres a simple formula the less you do the less fit you become, the less fit you become the less you feel like doing, the less you feel like doing, the less you do . . . etc - a downward spiral that can lead tragically to spending the precious remaining time of your life watching tele-crap instead of the views from high places.
When you first recognise the symptoms act! The answer is to Set yourself an annual challenge that involves a programme of ascents which you MUST do and most importantly ensures that you maintain a minimum level of activity that keeps you fit to continue doing what you always loved.
I recognised the problem eight years ago and my solution was to commit myself to doing every 2000-ft summit in the Mournes at least once every year. There are 12 (11 actually but I declared Doan an honorary 2000-footer because its a lovely wee hill) and while Im lucky in that the Mournes offer such a challenge within easy driving from Belfast, most walkers in Ireland could devise something similar wherever they are. If you dont enjoy walking on your own, form a club with others of your age to do a monthly summit.
Its not always easy (its funny how the hills get higher every year must be tectonic activity!) but its worth it in terms of maintaining a level of fitness that enables you to continue enjoying the hills. Im 73 now and have just come down off Eagle to complete this years batch. On the way home from my last summit of the year, as an ultimate added incentive , I stop at the off-licence and treat myself to a bottle of good Scotch malt, a Laphroaig or a Lagavulan (sorry, if Ireland produced a malt fit for mountain walkers I would buy it, but . . .) which is my companion over Christmas as I reminisce over summits enjoyed - again.
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Summit Comment
Carronadavderg: Very unremarkable.
TommyV a few minutes ago.
Not much to add to the comments here except that there appears to be some maintenance work being carried out on the access road so there is a mound of gravel at the access gate so parking is a bit...

  
Summit Comment
Carricktriss Gorse: Looking for a trig in the trees.
TommyV less than an hour ago.
Followed the directions provided by wicklore and jackhil. Happy to report that there is no sign of the rottweiler but the house does have a beware of the dog sign. Just to mention it's possible to...

  
Summit Comment
Knocknamuck: Usain Bolt.
TommyV less than an hour ago.
This is purely for a quick bag. Accessed via the road mentioned in other comments. The area is now a small windfarm and there are signs at the access gate stating no unauthorized personnel. As the...

Summit Comment
Clomantagh Hill: The Kilkenny Burren.
TommyV less than an hour ago.
Eamonoc's directions are spot on on but there is an obvious track made by a tractor so following this will also take you close to the summit. It's a lovely little walk but very obviously on farmla...

  
Track
El Hierro - Island Traverse
GSheehy 6 hours ago.
Getting There :I took the (2h 45min) ferry from Tenerife/Los Cristianos to Puerto de la Estaca. I believe there may also walk, Len: 35.9km, Climb: 1455m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
Summit Summary
Benbulbin: Remarkable mountain, watch out for access.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker, simon3, wicklore 11 hours ago.
There have been access difficulties regarding this summit. A simple approach to Benbulbin is to start at G684 451 however some have found difficulties here. A track leads to fields below a steep, ...

Summit Comment
Breesy Hill: Easy Breesy for a 6yr old
bertandally a day ago.
Thanks so much to sandman for the parking spot - it was ideal but the road in here is not for everyone and it might be best now to park at G9808064843 and walk the road in to your starting point a...

  
Track
Clogherhead Circuit
Onzy a day ago.
Slightly lenghtened version of an earlier Simon3 track... walk, Len: 4.3km, Climb: 117m, Area: East Coast (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Cort-ma Law East Top: Not the summit
jackill 3 days ago.
Unusually this is not the summit of Cort ma law East top.It is the summit of Cort ma Law.After swimming the bog to pick this up I find its not even listed.... Grr!!, prominence comes back to haunt...

Summit Comment
Meikle Bin: Murky Scottish Hills
jackill 3 days ago.
When you're surrounded by murk and mediocrity it doesn't take much to stand out.Meikle Bin is such a hill sitting in the more or less flat upland bog that make up most of the Campsie Hills.

  
Summit Comment
Slievemaan: Vandalised by quadbikers
quarryman 3 days ago.
A potentially brilliant mountain for walking destroyed by quadbikers; the summit cairn is surrounded by a sea of mud thanks to our considerate friends on 4 wheels. The col between Slievemaan and L...

  
Summit Comment
Camaderry Mountain: One hike two valleys
TommyV a week ago.
There are quicker ways to bag Camaderry but this route is more of a day hike exploring the area. Starting at the Glendalough Youth Hostel, a great place to stay if exploring the area as from here ...


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