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2010-12-13 13:40:11
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IN THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY
I spied him with his map. She hung on his every word as his presentation panned from one peak to another, connecting each to its whorly namesake on the paper.
“Worked them all out?”
“Oh yes. Indeed …….” he assured..
“Good good,” I rejoined, pointlessly.
“Up here much?” I added. “Oh yes - yes.”
“Good good” again from me, still pointlessly.
She fixed me expectantly. I obliged. “So where are you heading?”
“Up Rocky” and with a sweeping gesture, he directed our surprised gazes to ….. Chimneyrock Mountain.
Ordinarily, rocky-schmocky-chimneyrocky – no big deal. But it was the context that got him..
Take this postcard. The magical Peloponnese, in whose glittering waters, the butchery of a thousand Athenians gave birth to our Western World. Today, the heady aromas of fresh ground coffee, bitter goats cheese and ….. drat – elf in the keyboard! Not the Peloponnese but Ulster in midwinter. So now the smell of what? Burning tyres, cordite and cheap shoes. Context.
The road from Mayobridge to Hilltown is merciless in winter, particularly in a rush to catch the Mournes before sundown. There is a death-defying dip into darkness just outside Hilltown. Cresting it, I slowed down to prevent a costly happenstance and Dozy behind me hit the brakes, slid past me sideways, did a full 360 degree turn and continued on his traumatised way. Context.
Our small green island. Balmy summers. Generous winters. Has anybody got it yet that in one direction the next stop is Greenland, another Newfoundland and a couple of hopscotches later, where Santy is defrosting the reindeer? Context, Pity help us in our T- shirts and chemises (whatever they are); bare legs from the gym and brains from Poundland. We live in the North Atlantic. Look at the map! I know a man who has one.
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Forum: General
RE: Morocco - advice for tackling Jebel Toubk
muzag 14 hours ago.
@spiider28 Handy article with logistical tips here :https://www.irishmountaineeringclub.org/travelling-light-in-the-high-atlas-mountains/

  
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Slemish: tea at the top
Parts999 19 hours ago.
great views my kids and i are going to as many mountian tops as we can, we call it tea at the topit great fun

  
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Knocknamuck: Summit of the Slieveardagh Hills
Wilderness 2 days ago.
If you fancy a longer walk you can start at the car park just outside Grange at S309566. From here I walked clockwise round the Crag Forest Loop until I reached the Wellington Monument. I then joi...

Track
Blackstairs Challenge 2018
David-Guenot a day ago.
Different finish on this year's challenge, adding some 3km over good forest tracks. Best weather conditions we could ... walk, Len: 34.2km, Climb: 1491m, Area: Mount Leinster East Top, Blackstairs Mo

  
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Glenbeigh Horseshoe, extended version
David-Guenot a day ago.
A peak-bagger's trip over the beautiful Glenbeigh Horseshoe, with plenty of time allowed for filming. walk, Len: 41.7km, Climb: 1906m, Area: Seefin, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Ireland) Se...

  
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Sliabh Tuaidh Far W Top: All About The Journey, Not The Destination
Aidy a week ago.
I had a mixed day weatherwise, with dark skies, rain and flat light one minute, and blue skies the next, but it only added to the spectacular views to be had from the summit. If anything, the view...

Forum: General
Kenmare next week.
simon3 14 hours ago.
Anyone interested in hillwalking next week?Contact sstewart04@mountainviews.ie

  
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Brassel Mountain
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 3.0km, Climb: 458m, Area: Brassel Mountain, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (I...

  
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Spelhoagh: Quiet mountain
Wilderness a week ago.
I climbed this mountain coming from the West side from Oughtmore mountain. I've never tried it but I'm sure Spelhoagh can also be easily accessed from the Moneyneany Road on the East side as well ...

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Carrauntoohil: the safest way ?
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 16.0km, Climb: 1009m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ir...

  
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Dromderalough: Here we go again
peter1 2 weeks ago.
Ah yes...The Dromderaloughs...in cloud and rain...'climb me once, shame on me, climb me twice, shame on thee'.I had climbed Dromderalough some years ago in Autumn, in cloud and rain, using Paddy D...

  
Forum: General
Re Morocco
simon3 14 hours ago.
spider28I walked in Morocco and the Atlas mountains some years ago.I didn't go to Toubkal but did visit various other places. One piece of advice. Be prepared for the heat and UV. And in particula...


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