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2010-02-14 22:42:54
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HEARTS IN THE HIGHLANDS
Valentines’s Day. He takes her a nice walk up the Trassey and on to the Brandy Pad; then gets completely confuddled and wings out along the Annalong Track at 90 degrees to the planned trajectory; undaunted he continues manfully until the penny drops and he retraces his still-warm footsteps. So with an overrun of an hour and a half at pace and a final gagging pull back up on to the Pad, he has her at about Gas Mark 5. When I encounter them he had given up trusting a single thing in his head. The sky must be green and not blue; he must be in The Atlas Mountains, not the Mournes; the Irish front row are singing and drinking beer and not lying busted in Calais. “Is this the way to Hare’s Gap?” he tested, confident I would answer in Flemish or Azerbaijani. “Yes it is” - even my broken Hiberno-Caledonian English was a joy to him. For a second, I was his true Valentine, but it wasn’t to be. Gazing lovingly at him and through sweat and phlegm, she gargled something about skill, confidence and great day and that they would just go home now. Tested – the boots, the stamina and the relationship; and none found wanting. The Day of St Valentine: a fertility festival, doubtless once enjoyed by leaping lads and lassies, hijacked in part by some Christians or other and now proffered to us along with Mafia-like threats of consequences – and on the hill …? Enough snogging pubescents certainly – but also some lone women with plain faces and pretty spirits and lost lads with loaded stomachs and big hearts. Q: What is it magics the ugliness of black crags, grey rock and dour bog into beauty? A: We do. Happy Valentine’s Day.
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Forum: General
RE: Morocco - advice for tackling Jebel Toubk
muzag 14 hours ago.
@spiider28 Handy article with logistical tips here :https://www.irishmountaineeringclub.org/travelling-light-in-the-high-atlas-mountains/

  
Summit Comment
Slemish: tea at the top
Parts999 19 hours ago.
great views my kids and i are going to as many mountian tops as we can, we call it tea at the topit great fun

  
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Knocknamuck: Summit of the Slieveardagh Hills
Wilderness 2 days ago.
If you fancy a longer walk you can start at the car park just outside Grange at S309566. From here I walked clockwise round the Crag Forest Loop until I reached the Wellington Monument. I then joi...

Track
Blackstairs Challenge 2018
David-Guenot a day ago.
Different finish on this year's challenge, adding some 3km over good forest tracks. Best weather conditions we could ... walk, Len: 34.2km, Climb: 1491m, Area: Mount Leinster East Top, Blackstairs Mo

  
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Glenbeigh Horseshoe, extended version
David-Guenot a day ago.
A peak-bagger's trip over the beautiful Glenbeigh Horseshoe, with plenty of time allowed for filming. walk, Len: 41.7km, Climb: 1906m, Area: Seefin, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Ireland) Se...

  
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Sliabh Tuaidh Far W Top: All About The Journey, Not The Destination
Aidy a week ago.
I had a mixed day weatherwise, with dark skies, rain and flat light one minute, and blue skies the next, but it only added to the spectacular views to be had from the summit. If anything, the view...

Forum: General
Kenmare next week.
simon3 14 hours ago.
Anyone interested in hillwalking next week?Contact sstewart04@mountainviews.ie

  
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Brassel Mountain
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 3.0km, Climb: 458m, Area: Brassel Mountain, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (I...

  
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Spelhoagh: Quiet mountain
Wilderness a week ago.
I climbed this mountain coming from the West side from Oughtmore mountain. I've never tried it but I'm sure Spelhoagh can also be easily accessed from the Moneyneany Road on the East side as well ...

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Carrauntoohil: the safest way ?
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 16.0km, Climb: 1009m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ir...

  
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Dromderalough: Here we go again
peter1 2 weeks ago.
Ah yes...The Dromderaloughs...in cloud and rain...'climb me once, shame on me, climb me twice, shame on thee'.I had climbed Dromderalough some years ago in Autumn, in cloud and rain, using Paddy D...

  
Forum: General
Re Morocco
simon3 14 hours ago.
spider28I walked in Morocco and the Atlas mountains some years ago.I didn't go to Toubkal but did visit various other places. One piece of advice. Be prepared for the heat and UV. And in particula...


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