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Tom Milligan
2010-12-11 17:59:29
"Towards Sugar Loaf" from Tom Milligan Contract pics
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Forty-eight little hours....
What a difference two days make! Forty-eight little hours.

On Thursday I was rambling around Two Rock Mountain and Fairy Castle and struggled greatly through knee-deep snow. Today I started at the Lamb Doyles and commenced on the same route.

For about the first two hundred metres of ascent I was walking through a river of snow-melt. From there onwards it was continuous but well-trodden snow up to the masts on Three Rock Mountain. The blanket of snow was even heavier, though well trodden, from here up to Fairy Castle, but for the last two hundred metres it was heavier still and required more work. Some people on Fairy Castle said that in some of the sheltered trails from Kilmashogue the snow was even higher than the knees. I suppose this was in areas which were sheltered from the sun by trees.

Nevertheless, there has been considerable thawing of the snow over the past two days and this will continue on Sunday. I suspect that all hikes will encounter snowy conditions then, depending on whether the tracks/trails are shaded from the sun, trodden down by previous hikers, or are in difficult terrain like the grade 1 route tomorrow. I see that some Rambler hikes have already been cancelled or their routes changed. It should be a lovely Sunday nevertheless.

Take care out there!
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