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2010-08-16 23:50:09
"Lazy MountainViewers on the doss" from wicklore Contract pics
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Zest and Zeal galore on Scavenger 4: Part Two
There was more to the Scavenger 4 walk than the great conversation and amazing mountain views in the Mournes. Over the course of 17 hours (10am walk start – 3am pub finish) we saw a fascinating display of human zest, zeal and spirit.

There was the chap who ran all the way up the mountain to catch up with the group when he arrived late (and the chap who took 3 trains, 4 buses, hitched, cycled, swam and ran to be on time). There was the brave walker who couldn’t climb the mountain, but did, and the people who couldn’t scramble the summit tors but did. After walking two mountains we all stood and stared in awe at the mighty and relentless slope of Bearnagh that lay ahead. We thought it would never end but it did. An extraordinary thing happened on the slope of Bearnagh that catches this spirit I’m futilely trying to explain. As we neared the summit of Bearnagh after a gruelling climb the group was naturally spread out with some walkers several minutes behind. Those in front were only a moment from the summit. Then without conscious agreement or verbal request, those in front stopped and waited for those behind to catch up before the group proceeded onto the summit area. I don’t believe you could expect this kind of thing from many groups of relative strangers who had only walked together for a few hours!

We had a Meandering Man who only meandered from the hours of 4 – 8pm (we found him in the pub). We had a Meandering Bag that was being eyed hungrily by some Scavengers before it was reclaimed by its bashful owner (embarrassed by a loud chorus of laughter). Everyone really made an effort to contribute to a great day by getting to know others, helping others and being friendly. There was good humour galore, even when things got tough. Simon should feel rightly proud of this noble group who gathered in the name of MountainViews, while jackill and Bleck Cra should be rightly proud of the fantastic work they did in guiding (do sheep dogs ‘guide’ sheep?) and entertaining the group through the mountains.

We had 7 returnees from the previous Mourne Scavenger walk last summer. We were joined by 10 new friends, who were a mixture of MountainViewers and soon to be MountainViewers alike, to make a princely total of 17 hardy souls. Simon introduced the brand new rare and beautiful MountainViews badges (€2.50 or £2 just for you) that were worn with pride. As usual I was thrilled to meet and put faces to MountainViews members I had not met before. (And thrilled to meet those I had met before!)
Sincere thanks to jackill and Bleck Cra for the day (and night) and sincere thanks to all the other excellent companions on the day for making it what it was. I sincerely hope that others reading the various post-walk accounts will be energised and encouraged to consider joining us for the next one.

Yes, rumour abounds that Wicklow Scavvy is on the way...


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Summit Comment
Curra Hill: Cloudy Climb
andreos97 5 hours ago.
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Track
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simon3 16 hours ago.
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Summit Summary
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 17 hours ago.
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Forum: General
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IainT a day ago.
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Track
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Ulsterpooka a week ago.
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Summit Comment
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ceadeile 4 days ago.
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Summit Comment
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Bibliography
Exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way by David Flanagan & Richard Creagh
aidand 4 days ago.
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