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weedavie
2006-09-01 12:04:55
Burn the books.
Scottish mountains do suffer from being over-described. "The Munros" is a beautiful volume but its routes are seen as prescriptive. There are people who've completed the lot and never left a path or learned to navigate. This is because you can follow the worn groove the books have caused. There are worse books like Cameron McNeish's which is dull and badly written and has the same effect. It also leads to a bad mindset which leads to mountains being ticked and forgotten. I met someone at a party who had climbed 270 Munros in 270 ascents. How do you avoid repeating a peak for that long? When you've once been up Ben Lui how do you stop yourself returning? Going round the Mounth, how do you avoid multiple ascents of Tom Bhuidhe (I'd have thought this the dullest hill in these islands but I've read MV's entries for Stillbrook Hill.)

The answer to the problem in Ireland or Scotland is chucking out the handbook, getting out the map and saying to yourself "Why does nobody climb these two peaks together?" Even better go up two peaks on different maps. Nobody may have thought of this (especially if you screw up and choose non-adjoining maps.) You may find out there's a very good reason - mad goats, mad Paddy, or more peat hags than anyone needs in a lifetime but even the worst mistake has its bonuses. At best you find out that book descriptions are wrong and there's another piece of heaven that only belongs to you. Then you decide whether you're going to tell MV or just smugly sit on your discovery.
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Keeper Hill: A surprisinghly easy climb rewarded by stunning views
ianmb 8 hours ago.
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simon3 9 hours ago.
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jackill 3 days ago.
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GSheehy 17 hours ago.
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Bunsen7 3 days ago.
This picture is taken pretty much directly to the west of Lugduff across Glenmalure on an approach to Camenabologue SE Top.Most people will probably take in Lugduff as part of a circuit of Glendal...

  
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liz50 3 days ago.
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Ulsterpooka a day ago.
walk, Len: 39.0km, Climb: 1287m, Area: Lackabaun, Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland) Lack...

  
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Camenabologue SE Top: Direct Route from Glenmalure
Bunsen7 3 days ago.
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An Alp for OAPs...
Colin Murphy a week ago.
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derkelly274
derkelly274 4 days ago.
Enjoy climbing the odd hill. Hope to visit more and more.

  
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Nephin from the North....stunning views.
derkelly274 4 days ago.
First time climbing Nephin for both myself and my friend. We decided to go at it from the North as it seemed like a more walk, Len: 5.3km, Climb: 644m, Area: Nephin, North Mayo (Ireland) Nephin

  
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Bealick: Between two counties
Wilderness 4 days ago.
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