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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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Highwayman A route 2018
jackill 22 hours ago.
Highwayman A - 2018. This years route was slightly less than the 2017 route due to weather conditions. walk, Len: 25.1km, Climb: 580m, Area: Knockshanahullion, Knockmealdown Mountain...

  
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Just Dooish !
pazapas a day ago.
?The walk is a simple 24.5km loop all inside Glenveagh National Park. The entrance is free of charge.The route is made walk, Len: 24.5km, Climb: 898m, Area: Donegal NW (Ireland) Crockmulroney, Doo

  
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Lough Curra Circuit
Jim Holmes a day ago.
A simple enough route, but very rewarding - from the Cush carpark, head upwards to Lough Curra. Then it's up to the mi... walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 1011m, Area: Galtymore, Galty Mountains (Ireland) G

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Slieve Binnian: Mind how you go on a route Not Recommended
Pepe 4 days ago.
Climbed this yesterday on the route leading from Brackenagh Bridge. Chose this route because I wanted to do Moolieve and the Wee Binnian on the way up. On a plus note a local farmer kindly let me ...

  
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Croghan Kinsella
jgfitz 2 days ago.
This is a variation on track #3938, so I will avoid repeating the comments made there, with which I fully agree. This... walk, Len: 11.4km, Climb: 412m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Irelan

  
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Cnoc na Boirne: Murren.....a little gem.
jsramsey1491 2 days ago.
Last Thursday, 18/10/2018, a few friends and I did a recce on Murren Hill and the surrounding area. We have over the past twenty years or so covered most of the county but this was the first time ...

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An Bhinn Bhuí: A spectacular landscape
Damian120 4 days ago.
It's a seldom-visited area of County Mayo yet it boasts some of the most impressive coastal architecture in the entire country. After spending five years covering and exploring the landscape of th...

  
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Buckaun - Binnaw circuit.
simon3 4 days ago.
Hydro scheme at Lough Nadirkmore.The walk starts from a point high in an east facing coum of Maumtrasna. This road goes walk, Len: 5.8km, Climb: 368m, Area: Partry/Joyce Country (Ireland)

  
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THE POWER OF WORDS
Pepe 3 days ago.
There I was scratching around on Slieve Binnian. Up top, I bumped into a couple out hillwalking for the day. Pleasantries were exchanged – which way did you come up, fabulous views, the weather – ...

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Big Collin: Permission required?
StephenMullin 2 weeks ago.
Hi thereCan anybody tell me if permission is required to walk up Big Collin? If so, how does one go about obtaining this?Many thanks!

  
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Knocknalougha South Top
Onzy 4 days ago.
Route to Knocknalougha South Top from Crow Hill carpark ... as outlined by melohara on the Hill Page... walk, Len: 11.7km, Climb: 430m, Area: Knocknalougha South Top, Knockmealdown Mo...

  
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12 (Listed) Bens - Revisited
GSheehy a week ago.
I was drawn back by the lure of completing the 2002 - 12 Bens Challenge route. I got the details from John J. Cotter w... walk, Len: 29.1km, Climb: 2598m, Area: Benglenisky, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Ben


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