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CaptainVertigo
2010-11-09 19:50:40
"What dosen
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Near Death Experience: Kenny’s Ascent
The absence of an internal search facility on this site means that I cannot say with complete certainty that the road I am about to travel has not already been traversed. Indulge me please if that is the case. And do not write angry letters to the Suggestions Forum. No more than the Good Book, there is much to be said for re-reading this entire Opus occasionally in search of times lost.
Now, there is a well known phenomenon which occurs when humans are exposed to mortal terror and survive. There is exhilaration. A sudden release of endorphins. Ecstasy even. Sometimes the wild life-affirming rush results in an almost immediate reflex to divide and multiply, as occurred when certain passengers on a plane, apparently doomed to crash, landed successfully and two youthful strangers ran through the “Arrivals Hall” in search of a bed. (Yes, Mr. Editor, I can reference that fact should you call on me so to do).
The prospect of hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully, said the scribe, and clarity emerges from the fog of life. Priorities are realised at last. I speak of renaissance; of Chilean miners; of the arrival in Athens of the man from Marathon; of life renewed when it seemed it was to be torn away; of ten thousand swords leaping from their scabbards!
Now, think back a few short months. Enda Kenny, Caesar in waiting, unloved by his party and his populace, was to be Brutused to the pips like an over ripe tomato, and squirted back to Clueless Bay. (Open YouTube and play The Ride of the Valkeries as you read on…) But the hyenas overreached, and the apparently effete and ineffectual Kenny galvanised his loins, and with some skill and focus not previously obvious, smote his detractors, and emerged from the valley of the shadow of death.
And what did he do? In his hour of glory? Did he impregnate a thousand virgins? No. Did he poke his foes before him in a Triumphal March? He did not. What was the vessel through which his hubris poured? Where were his laurels paraded?
The answer, my friends, should warm the hearts of us all. He, and his supporters, headed for the hills. With the world at his feet, this man put on his boots, and walked into the sunset. On the mountains surrounding Clew Bay. Are you getting the message? We have friends in high places. He has SEEN the Promised Land.
(PS He may not actually get there with us...but we, as a people, will get there, I earnestly hope. Polls may go down as well as up. Past performance is no indicator of future performance. No liability is accepted; for anything. The insurance we have sold you will expire in the event of a claim. )
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Croghan Kinsella: Fine views and a gilded history
Bunsen7 a day ago.
Decided it couldn't do any harm to get on the M11 down past Arklow and make the journey to Croghan Kinsella. Coillte and the ESB have created a 35 MW wind-farm on the eastern flanks of the mountai...

  
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Easy Stroll up Croghan Kinsella
Bunsen7 a day ago.
Easy Route up Croghan Kinsella. Slightly surprised this was not already uploaded, as I imagine it is the most frequen... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 336m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland

  
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Crocknasmug: Inishowen Head Loop Walk
pearnett a day ago.
As I parked up in the car park beside the Stroove Lighthouse I then began the loop walk around Inishowen Head in an anticlockwise direction. The first part of this walk is along a road past a few ...

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Walking under the water!
march-fixer 4 days ago.
With the Blessington Lakes being deprived of input due to the dry conditions, the water level has dropped considerably. walk, Len: 13.1km, Climb: 197m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

  
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Chimney Rock Mountain: Great reward for little effort!
PinkyFloyd a week ago.
Getting to the top of Chimney Rock doesn't take long and isn't too arduous. The views from the top are stupendous though and you'll be glad you climbed it. The rocks at the top help make this moun...

  
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Mullagh More and Sliabh Rua
Aidy a week ago.
A leisurely walk in one of the most amazing areas in Ireland, or anywhere for that matter. The route took me to the to... walk, Len: 7.9km, Climb: 316m, Area: Mullagh More, West Clare (Ireland) Mulla

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Slieve Beg: Stared down the Devil's Coachroad and decided he can have it
PinkyFloyd a week ago.
I know that people scramble up the Devil's Coachroad though the mechanics of actually getting up the top part elude me. Braver men than I! Standing on top of Beg, looking down the massive gulley i...

  
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Benbaun via Knockpasheemore
Aidy a week ago.
A relatively easy way up to Benbaun, the Co Galway high point, although it is a steep pull up to Binn Charrach/Knockpa... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 797m, Area: Binn Charrach, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Bi

  
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Cove Mountain: Return to Cove!
PinkyFloyd a week ago.
Today was the second time I have visited Cove. Anyone who read my first comment will know my first visit was alone and an altogether nervous affair. Well, the return was a much better experience. ...

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Muck to Meelmore Loop
Bunsen7 a week ago.
A track that's very easy to follow, with good parking, 3 highest hundred summits for less than 900m of ascent, but do... walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 874m, Area: Slieve Muck, Mourne Mountains (Ireland)

  
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Truskmore SE Cairn: Letrim - County high point - Done with my Grandad
ShaunDunne a week ago.
While climbing Truskmore my Grandad and I walked over and bagged our Second County high point of the day. Was very windy and wet up there today.

  
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Pic de Lustou
David-Guenot a week ago.
A fantastic, hard-won summit, a relentless, never-ending haul up followed by some easy but somewhat exposed scrambling o walk, Len: 14.7km, Climb: 1684m, Area: France, Occitanie ()


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