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kernowclimber
2010-12-10 16:39:10
"Mcrtchly approaching the summit" from kernowclimber Contract pics
Picture: Mcrtchly approaching the summit (Contract pics)

Ars longa, vita brevis
A thick blanket of snow covered Glenmalur Valley smoothing out the creases: gone were the scars of the summer landslides, swathes of bog lay hidden, the forestry turned ashen beneath the blue sky of a clear, crisp winter’s day. Startled pheasants flew out from the hedgerows as our car, equipped with snow chains, rattled by. The nearby fields mapped the tracks of numerous animals that had crisscrossed the valley foraging for food and a thin blue line of smoke from a peat fire in a solitary cottage dripping icicles beneath snow burdened eaves, hung in the still air. All sound seemed to be muffled by the snow.
We set out along the zig-zag pathway to climb Lugnaquilla on snowshoes, the only noise the crunch of the snow under our feet. Below, a fox ran diagonally across a field pausing momentarily to sniff the air, maybe catching our scent. In the stillness and silence, to be so at one with nature was life affirming. Higher up we broke trail through pristine snow working hard for each labourious step through deep accumulations in the lee of Clohenagh. Feather-like crystals growing on blades of grass embedded like arrows in the snow quivered in the wind which rose as we ascended, sending clouds of spindrift racing across the wind sculpted surface. The Fraughan Rock Glen gaped below like an open jaw bearing jagged teeth of ice encrusted granite.
Past Clohenagh a vast, icy windswept plain appeared, Lugnaquilla in the distance glowering in the late afternoon sunshine. It felt like the Arctic, brutal and menacing, the raging wind making it hard to stand upright. But Wicklow’s giant was free of cloud, the smooth slopes of her South Prison clearly visible and the sharp silhouette of her trig pillar back lit by the setting sun. As we approached cloud boiled up from the north, the glassy orb of the sun blinking in and out of the swirling mass. The sun, now low in the sky, turned the cloud malevolent shades of yellow and orange; Mcrtchly's dark figure moving some distance ahead of me looked suddenly very small and vulnerable in the maelstrom. I came upon the trig point, crowned with an icy diadem, as a pilgrim approaching a reliquary: humbled, penitent and thankful. We stood in silent awe as the cloud completely lifted revealing the blazing red sphere of the sun slipping below the horizon. I felt strangely aware of my own mortality.
As we descended, the cloud closed in again and the view of the summit slammed shut like a trapdoor. Whiteness enveloped us. Below the cloud the new moon appeared in the southwest sky set ablaze by the sunset. Clouds of our own breath sparkling with icy particles of spindrift caught in the light of our head torches as darkness fell. Overhead the Milky Way shimmered, stars hung like crystal apples and a shooting star blazed across the purple firmament. And in an instant I understood what a tortured Van Gogh was trying to convey in his painting, ‘Starry Night’.
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Summit Comment
Carronadavderg: Very unremarkable.
TommyV a few minutes ago.
Not much to add to the comments here except that there appears to be some maintenance work being carried out on the access road so there is a mound of gravel at the access gate so parking is a bit...

  
Summit Comment
Carricktriss Gorse: Looking for a trig in the trees.
TommyV less than an hour ago.
Followed the directions provided by wicklore and jackhil. Happy to report that there is no sign of the rottweiler but the house does have a beware of the dog sign. Just to mention it's possible to...

  
Summit Comment
Knocknamuck: Usain Bolt.
TommyV less than an hour ago.
This is purely for a quick bag. Accessed via the road mentioned in other comments. The area is now a small windfarm and there are signs at the access gate stating no unauthorized personnel. As the...

Summit Comment
Clomantagh Hill: The Kilkenny Burren.
TommyV less than an hour ago.
Eamonoc's directions are spot on on but there is an obvious track made by a tractor so following this will also take you close to the summit. It's a lovely little walk but very obviously on farmla...

  
Track
El Hierro - Island Traverse
GSheehy 6 hours ago.
Getting There :I took the (2h 45min) ferry from Tenerife/Los Cristianos to Puerto de la Estaca. I believe there may also walk, Len: 35.9km, Climb: 1455m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
Summit Summary
Benbulbin: Remarkable mountain, watch out for access.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker, simon3, wicklore 11 hours ago.
There have been access difficulties regarding this summit. A simple approach to Benbulbin is to start at G684 451 however some have found difficulties here. A track leads to fields below a steep, ...

Summit Comment
Breesy Hill: Easy Breesy for a 6yr old
bertandally a day ago.
Thanks so much to sandman for the parking spot - it was ideal but the road in here is not for everyone and it might be best now to park at G9808064843 and walk the road in to your starting point a...

  
Track
Clogherhead Circuit
Onzy a day ago.
Slightly lenghtened version of an earlier Simon3 track... walk, Len: 4.3km, Climb: 117m, Area: East Coast (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Cort-ma Law East Top: Not the summit
jackill 3 days ago.
Unusually this is not the summit of Cort ma law East top.It is the summit of Cort ma Law.After swimming the bog to pick this up I find its not even listed.... Grr!!, prominence comes back to haunt...

Summit Comment
Meikle Bin: Murky Scottish Hills
jackill 3 days ago.
When you're surrounded by murk and mediocrity it doesn't take much to stand out.Meikle Bin is such a hill sitting in the more or less flat upland bog that make up most of the Campsie Hills.

  
Summit Comment
Slievemaan: Vandalised by quadbikers
quarryman 3 days ago.
A potentially brilliant mountain for walking destroyed by quadbikers; the summit cairn is surrounded by a sea of mud thanks to our considerate friends on 4 wheels. The col between Slievemaan and L...

  
Summit Comment
Camaderry Mountain: One hike two valleys
TommyV a week ago.
There are quicker ways to bag Camaderry but this route is more of a day hike exploring the area. Starting at the Glendalough Youth Hostel, a great place to stay if exploring the area as from here ...


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