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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
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 16 hours ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 19 hours ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 19 hours ago.
View from the west.

Track
Circuit of Dirkbeg Lough - easier ascent
simon3 2 days ago.
The purpose of this walk is to reach the Maumtrasna plateau and Maumtrasna NE top (MNET). The lattter is quite possib... walk, Len: 11.6km, Climb: 564m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce

  
Track
Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 663m, Area: Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
Track
Benwee Coastal Walk
simon3 2 days ago.
The walk starts at a small carpark and Wild Atlantic Way sign just west of Benwee. In fact some of the local rock has ... walk, Len: 8.1km, Climb: 245m, Area: An Bhinn Bhu?, North Mayo (Ireland) An B

Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 19 hours ago.
View from the east.

  
Forum: General
Riddle of the Spinc
BleckCra 2 days ago.
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hour...

  
Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 20 hours ago.
Picture from the west.

Summit Summary
Kid Island: Steepwalled island.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 21 hours ago.
Kid Island is very visible from Benwee Head.

  
Track
Lenadoon Coastal Walk
simon3 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 8m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Buckaun East: Cliffy north edge.
simon3 22 hours ago.
This is a picture of Buckaun East taken from the valley below.. Obviously the safest way to go up and down this is to the left or south of the ridge.


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