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weedavie
2010-12-20 22:01:20
"Stob Diamh" from weedavie Contract pics
Picture: Stob Diamh (Contract pics)

Satisfaction
Thanks, Kernowclimber, I’ve taken delivery of my Lightning Ascents – you didn’t mention they’re manufactured in Ireland. Of course the snow had gone, and in typical imperialist style the English nicked all the new stuff and then didn’t even look grateful.

However we got three or four inches on Saturday night so I hit the Pentlands (sort of Wicklow Hills for the teeny-wees.) You invest that much money, you think it’s made no difference. But I certainly covered 20 kilometres and 700 metres ascent in pretty much the time I’d have taken if there’d been no snow. It was quite wild so I only met two other parties. While I was doubtful if I was better off, they were envious.

They’re amazingly easy to mount /unmount without taking off your gloves – I’ve been reduced to tears fiddling with crampons. I tripped three or four times trapping one shoe under the other. Mostly carelessness but a couple of times gullies under the snow forced them together. I was really pleased there was no need to use poles – most illustrations showed people using them. It was great going uphill without losing half a step on slippage each time. Took me a while working a way of going downhill in powder. It seemed a skiing position, weight further back and legs a bit apart worked. .

Reading about snowshoes, they seem weak in traverse and there was one point I felt I was going to slide sideways into a burn. Is there an answer for this (apart from panicky scrabbling which worked all right in this case)? Overall it was easy to take to their use and easy to work out techniques which I’m sure practice will improve on.

Anyway I’m happy with my purchase and looking forward to some really testing conditions to get rid of that nagging doubt. Meanwhile here’s a picture of traditional hardware on Cruachan a couple of weeks ago.


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Lackagh Mountain: Holy Boley
TommyV 7 hours ago.
My approach to Lackagh mountain also known as Boleybrack was from the West side of the mountain. There is a road leading to G90078 31002 where there is a road leading into a forest with unauthoriz...

  
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Fergalo 12 hours ago.
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BleckCra 13 hours ago.
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Carrane Hill: Navy Seals only for this approach
TommyV 8 hours ago.
I decided to try Carrane Hill from the East side as it looked on my map as if there was a forest track going most of the way up and indeed there is. It's possible to park at a forestry gate at G86...

  
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Curlew Mountains: The Blair Witch Project
TommyV 8 hours ago.
It's hard to believe this has been visited by 19 members. paddyhillsbaggers description is about right. The first stage is a stumble over stumps and felled trees before entering the forest. I had ...

  
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Croaghmuckros: A great reward for a leisurely stroll
bertandally a day ago.
We parked up at the entrance to the comms mast access road at G6186975866 as we thought the access road was the best option for us as we had our 6 year old with us and regardless the recent weathe...

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Dingle to Cloghane
Fergalo 12 hours ago.
Challenge walk from Dingle to Cloghane over the dingle way. walk, Len: 45.7km, Climb: 1592m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland) Brandon, Brandon...

  
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Carronadavderg: Very unremarkable.
TommyV a day 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...

  
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Carricktriss Gorse: Looking for a trig in the trees.
TommyV a day 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...

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Knocknamuck: Usain Bolt.
TommyV a day 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...

  
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An Starraicin
Fergalo 12 hours ago.
An Starraicin overlooking lockadun starting at the Lockadun start point Cloghane walk, Len: 9.0km, Climb: 533m, Area: An Starraic?n, Central Dingle (Ireland) An...

  
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Clomantagh Hill: The Kilkenny Burren.
TommyV a day 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...


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