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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
Corraun Hill: Views! what views?
Harry Goodman 5 hours ago.
Climbed this hill on Wed. 12 Oct 2011. Our intention was to start from Belfarsad Bridge but the blanket of thick mist covering the Plateau made me opt for the simpler climb from Burnanioo Bridge s...

  
Summit Summary
Corraun Hill: Western summit on plateau above big corrie lakes.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3, Harry Goodman 5 hours ago.
(1) Bunannio Bridge Route: Start around L737 943. Take the well made track E up to a T junction L751 948, turn left and follow track to its end L749 950. Go NW up the hillside for some 1.2k over s...

  
Track
molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver a day ago.
From the car park at molls gap follow the narrow country lane down to the pass between to stumpa duloigh and Knocklome... walk, Len: 17.6km, Climb: 985m, Area: Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland) Knocklome

Summit Comment
Kilfarrasy Hill: What Lies Beneath is better than What Lies Up Top
Pepe a day ago.
You can drive over this. A very minor public road connects Kilfarassy with the R675 northeast of Annestown. This road crests the exact top of Kilfarassy Hill. A much better way of doing it is to p...

  
Track
Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 a day ago.
An easy way up starting from the carpark. walk, Len: 3.6km, Climb: 121m, Area: Minaun, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Minaun

  
Summit Comment
Westtown Hill: The Folks Who Live on the Hill
Pepe a day ago.
Curiosity made me investigate Westown Hill, having blissfully passed within a hundred metres of its ‘summit’ many a time on walks, drives and cycles. The top lies up a tarmac road leading west off...

Track
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Onzy 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.1km, Climb: 215m, Area: Italy, Apulia ()

  
Forum: General
Reviewers wanted.
simon3 2 days ago.
Interested in reviewing either of two new books?Mourne and Cooley Mountains is by Adrian HendroffThe Comeragh, Galtee, Knockmealdown and Slieve Bloom is from John G. O’Dwyer. Let us know at admin@...

  
Summit Summary
Slievenashaska South Top: Fine ridge peak amongst wild land and lakes.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 days ago.
This is normally done in conjunction with Coomcathcun, but may also be completed in isolation. Take the road to the NW of Sneem (following the Sneem River), turning left at point V672 698 and foll...

Track
Puglia: Trajan Way to Ostuni
Onzy 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 10.9km, Climb: 264m, Area: Italy, Apulia ()

  
Summit Summary
Buckoogh: Somewhat separated peak, great sea views, boggy top.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 days ago.
Currently the easiest route is from the SE. Park at the gate at G015 002 and follow the line of an old wall beside the forest up the hill. The route from the east starts by parking at G014 015 at ...

  
Forum: General
Morocco
spiider28 a week ago.
Thanks for the detailed advice @kernowclimber, really appreciate it


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