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

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Thanks, Kernowclimber, Iíve taken delivery of my Lightning Ascents Ė you didnít mention theyíre manufactured in Ireland. Of course the snow had gone, and in typical imperialist style the English nicked all the new stuff and then didnít 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 itís made no difference. But I certainly covered 20 kilometres and 700 metres ascent in pretty much the time Iíd have taken if thereíd 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.

Theyíre amazingly easy to mount /unmount without taking off your gloves Ė Iíve 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 Ė 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 Iím sure practice will improve on.

Anyway Iím happy with my purchase and looking forward to some really testing conditions to get rid of that nagging doubt. Meanwhile hereís a picture of traditional hardware on Cruachan a couple of weeks ago.
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Summit Comment
Cullaun: A quick bag.
TommyV 2 weeks ago.
Aidand's directions are spot on. The road that looks like an entrance to a house actually leads into a forest, it is rough but manageable if you drive very slow. I drove as far as an old abandoned...

  
Summit Comment
Mauherslieve: Mother of God!!
TommyV 2 weeks ago.
What can I say about Mauherslieve? It really is one of those mountains that will have you asking yourself "What am I doing? Started out at the livestock pen mentioned by csd. It is important to no...

  
Summit Summary
Coomura Mountain: Prairies and precipices
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 weeks ago.
Teetering on the northern edge of the extensive plateau extending north from Knocknagantee in the Dunkerrons, Coomura Mountain presents very differing forms of complexity depending on viewpoint. I...

Track
The Laugavegur (Hot Springs) Trail, Iceland
mcrtchly a week ago.
Listed as one of the top twenty best treks in the world by National Geographic, the Laugavegur Trail (The Hot Spring Rou walk, Len: 56.6km, Climb: 1414m, Area: Iceland, South ()

  
Summit Summary
Knocknacusha: There and back again
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 weeks ago.
You can start at Ballaghisheen, a mountain pass V671 792. Space here for 3-4 cars. Ballaghisheen is at just over 300m so the climb to the top at around 551m is not a great strain. There is a sign ...

  
Summit Comment
Cooneen Hill: Very average
TommyV 2 weeks ago.
Nothing to add to simon3's directions. Like quite a few of the hills in North Tipperary, this one is through a Coilte forest track to begin with and then the tough push through some horrible groun...

Track
Drumnalifferny loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
Exploring Drumnalifferny as to bag the NE top. Fantastic views once the clouds lifted. I also spent some time to clim... walk, Len: 8.6km, Climb: 542m, Area: Drumnalifferny Mountain, Donegal NW (Irel

  
Forum: General
Misty Morning Hills.
tomlug48 4 days ago.
Coming down off Djouce in the early morning and gazing at the beautiful mist shrouded silhouettes of the south Wicklow hills .

  
Summit Summary
Meenteog: Squat and steep-sided summit on Glenbeigh Horseshoe
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 weeks ago.
Lumpen in its higher reaches but very much steep-sided lower down (especially to the north), Meenteog is the first of the higher, more dramatic summits on the Glenbeigh Horseshoe if walked clockwi...

Summit Summary
Scarr: Three ridges, many routes and good views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 weeks ago.
Scarr has three useable ridges off it, to the north, south and east. The easiest perhaps is the Glenmacnass Waterfall carpark O11380 03009 (notorious for break-ins). From here head for the north ...

  
Track
The shortest route up Knocklayd
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 4.8km, Climb: 372m, Area: Knocklayd, Antrim Hills (Ireland) Knocklay...

  
Summit Comment
Scarr: A walk in the clouds.
TommyV 3 weeks ago.
This route starts on an old forest road at Oldbridge, there is room for parking 5 or 6 cars near the top at O15162 01916. From here follow the road West until you reach a gate at O14832 01892. Go ...


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