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Bleck Cra
2010-09-05 21:55:58
"Castlewellan emerges from the dark. Well it
Picture: Castlewellan emerges from the dark. Well it's possible. (Contract pics)

THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY
A black day – not black like the birth of Calvin or Celine Dion but dark and odd. How many Yardis can you get on Eagle Rock? Also – if you set fire to a tree in Commedagh wood, how many can you burn down? Cra’s lost it. Wrong – the answer is six and dozens. A minging black northern day and a jaunt off Donard. Up in the mist to the right, voices. Impossible because up in the mist is Eagle Rock and only idiots would be on Eagle Rock – in good weather. Binos out and 3 or so at are the foot of the Rock and 3 or so are ascending to its face. Blacker than the mist and in the kind of weather-wear you get at rock concerts. White pakamacs; black faces. If someone takes offence at this remark, get over it. We don’t see many black men in pink-skinned Co Down – and certainly not 6 of them on Eagle Rock. So, with binos fixed and mouth hanging open, I trundle sideways and headlong into basecamp comprising another half doz Bros grumbling through curls of sweet brown smoke. (No they aren’t – I wax mischievous), but they did remark, in broad Windies that I should eff off. Hilariously, another 50ms and I lumber again. This time into a fellow Scot, both of us glued to the binoculars. “F**kin’ problem there”, “Aye f**kin’ mountain rescue”, “Aye f**kin’ mental”, “Aye f**kin right mental”. And suddenly the real smell of burnt organic material. The wee deadbeats have set fire to Commedagh wood and it stands scorched, sick and charcoal black. Like a Carry-On movie gag, you have to smile – not at the joke, but at the sheer audacity of it. Thanks to you black humour, in the face of a white winter en route.
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Ulsterpooka 20 hours ago.
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jackill 2 days ago.
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Nephin from the North....stunning views.
derkelly274 3 days ago.
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Bunsen7 2 days ago.
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derkelly274
derkelly274 3 days ago.
Enjoy climbing the odd hill. Hope to visit more and more.

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Camenabologue SE Top: Direct Route from Glenmalure
Bunsen7 3 days ago.
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Bunsen7 5 days ago.
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An Alp for OAPs...
Colin Murphy a week ago.
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Bealick: Between two counties
Wilderness 3 days ago.
I approached this mountain from the North East ,coming from the Coomataggart mountains. When I got to the top I had to walk around for a few minutes to pinpoint the true summit; which I'm sure is...

  
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osullivanm 5 days ago.
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Nephin: A looped climb from the North. Stunning views all around!
derkelly274 3 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 interesting prospect. There was access to the woods on the northern slope o...


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