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2009-12-09 12:41:44
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Conor, I think the drift of your question is whether there's a way of getting through deep snow without getting totally knackered. Well, there isn't really. Last weekend was superb for us as well, tons of snow, zero tempeature and no wind at all. After a 300 metre reascent through snow to an Caisteal I was sweating and down to a t-shirt approaching the summit. A party was descending in goggles, fur and anorak. Ronnie muttered "It's Baywatch meets Scott of the Antarctic".

It feels superb being the first on a hill and breaking snow but it's simply hard work. Experience'll let you judge the shallowest or firmest snow. The worst is stuff that takes your weight, then collapses. That'll reduce you to tears. Following another party is easier because they've done the work. Equally if you're not walking alone, swapping the lead every 100 paces gives a rest. Make sure everyone takes their turn. Gordon, Ronnie and I had worked up to the bealach in Gleann Taitnaich in deep snow with Ronnie and I sharing the lead. Just before we reached the top Gordon said "Oh are you swapping around?" and led the last 50 metres. We've referred to this sort of crime as Taitniching ever since.

I've not encountered equipment that works (though I've never seen snowshoes). I once saw a guy with touring skis who was impressive but he looked highly skilled. Mostly, snow conditions being what they are, ice, crust etc., the ski tourists are even slower and sweatier than the rest of us.
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More Mount Brandon
tomlug48 8 hours ago.
On the way to the summit

  
Summit Summary
Binn Charrach: NE finger from the Twelve Bens offers a way in.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 16 hours ago.
Knockpasheemore (Binn Charrach) is a small summit at the end of a 2km ridge heading NE from the lower scree slopes of Benbaun, and makes a worthwhile climb either in its own right, or as a diversi...

  
Summit Summary
Bencorrbeg: Shapely outlier, serious scrambling.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 17 hours ago.
Bencorbeg dominates views from the mouth of the Gleninagh Valley. Although only 577m, the full extent of this height is seen when the mountain is viewed from north or east, as the mountain plunges...

Summit Comment
Inis Leacan: Island south of Roundstone.
simon3 3 days ago.
Inishlacken is a small island south of Roundstone. Here it is viewed from Inishnee.

  
Summit Comment
Oileán an Chlaí: Island in Bertraghboy Bay
simon3 3 days ago.
Oghly Island is around 250m from the driveable Inishnee island.

  
Track
Beast of Bencorrbeg tackled from the south.
simon3 3 days ago.
As many others have said Bencorrbeg is a serious scrambling challenge. This track was an attempt to reach it from the ... walk, Len: 14.0km, Climb: 669m, Area: Bencorrbeg, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Benco

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Lettershinna Hill: Grass top, distant heights.
simon3 3 days ago.
As paddyhillsbagger found, the Bens form a backdrop to the top of Lettershinna. This picture was taken during a generally mist covered period one May day.

  
Track
Wicklow: Glenmalure to Glendalough
Onzy 4 days ago.
Glenmalure to Glendalough viw Wicklow Way & the Spinc... walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 540m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

  
Track
The Heights of Malta
madfrankie 3 days ago.
When you're considering hiking trips abroad, Malta is not likely to be high on anyone's list. It's small and the human f walk, Len: 8.4km, Climb: 40m, Area: Malta, Dingli ()

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Benglenisky: Southern Bens easiest way up.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
Driving towards Clifden along the N59, go 2km past the Benlettery Hostel and take the minor road on the right. I.5km along this, at point L750 499, there is a large space for parking on the right,...

  
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Waterfalls Galore
march-fixer 4 days ago.
There are two major waterfalls in Jamaica. Dunn's River Falls and Reach Falls. Reach Falls is by far the most beautiful walk, Len: 6.2km, Climb: 109m, Area: Jamaica, Portland ()

  
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Binn Bhriocáin: Rocky top from afar.
simon3 3 days ago.
The rocky top of Letterbreckaun viewed from Bencorrbeg in the Twelve Bens which is 4.5km away.


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