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Bleck Cra
2010-12-20 22:09:29
"Semper Apparatus" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
Picture: Semper Apparatus (Contract pics)

SNOW RUSH
I emerged from behind a rock. Active male, dodgy vintage, cold weather. Then “Tch ughh,” denoting “Idiot - you’ve lost something!” Pat all pockets, remove all layers, lose all dignity. “Can’t you find it?” she queried. “You had it out only a minute ago ….” Unabashed, she continued “and you had it out earlier …”
I shook my head like there was sand in it and we all searched: she directing, I flapping and he savaging snowdrifts like a squirrel.
“Not to worry,” I said “I have lots more.” She was surprised “But what about the photographs?”
I couldn’t begin to understand the question. “My scarf. I’ve lost my scarf….”
“Oh I thought you’d lost your camera …!” - and suddenly it all became clear.
The Mournes with Kernowclimber and Mcrtchly is a revelation.
When I tackle a hill, I carry what I am wearing. When Kernie and Critchie kick off, they take everything they own. Snowshoes, crampons, ice axes, a collapsible kitchen, enough healthybars to revive Piltdown Man and a spacious 6 man tent. Probably. And thus equipped, we set off for a spectacular day in snowbound Mother Mournes to bag Beag and Cove, the last in their first 100.
“Measured” describes their hillwalking style: stop and look, stop and chat, stop and eat, stop and marvel. Because they know that whatever may come, they are kitted out for every eventuality. When they dandered off the Glen River in near complete darkness, I was lepping down through the woods for my life. Back at base, I half expected them to phone and say they would just stay up the hill ‘til Thursday.
The date of our deaths will come soon enough. Some of us will run at it. Some will saunter. Suddenly I know who I am with.


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'Off-Grid' in Arctic Sweden: Trekking the Dag Hammarskjöldleden
mcrtchly less than an hour ago.
We first visited Arctic Sweden in September 2016 and walked the middle section of the Kungsleden trail (MV track 3332). walk, Len: 110.7km, Climb: 1726m, Area: Sweden, Norrbotten ()

  
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Spinans Hill SE Top: Brissels or Brussels
Bunsen7 18 hours ago.
Climbed both hills on 16/12/17, following the main route described by others here on MV.The forestry between the tops has thinned out a little (or so it seems by reference to previous comments) an...

  
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Glen o' the Downs Wood
jgfitz 14 hours ago.
This woodland track can be accessed directly from N11 heading South. After Exit 9, there is a road sign for Glen o' the walk, Len: 5.9km, Climb: 183m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

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Cloghnagaune: There must be an easier way!
Bunsen7 19 hours ago.
This is a rather painful hill to summit from the obvious parking spot at the forest entrance to the south east. Following where others have gone I found myself wading through head high gorse to at...

  
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IainMiller
IainMiller 2 days ago.
A rock climber, hillwalker and guidebook author living, working and playing on the sea cliffs, sea stacks, mountain ranges and uninhabited islands of County Donegal. http://uniqueascent.ie/sea_sta...

  
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Roaninish: Roan Inish
IainMiller 2 days ago.
Roan Inish (Roaninish) is a low lying storm lashed small archipelago comprising five main islands and a large collection of tidal skerries. The islands are reasonably remote being 4 KM from the ne...

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Cloghnagaune Summit and Stone Circle
Bunsen7 19 hours ago.
This is a rather painful hill to summit from the obvious parking spot at the forest entrance to the south east. Follow... walk, Len: 4.0km, Climb: 144m, Area: Cloghnagaune, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) C

  
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Inishbarnog: Roan Inish
IainMiller 2 days ago.
Roan Inish (Roaninish) is a low lying storm lashed small archipelago comprising five main islands and a large collection of tidal skerries. The islands are reasonably remote being 4 KM from the ne...

  
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day7
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
On Sunday, we were not attacked by the MacCarthys of Drishane Castle but started our walk on the O?Keefe Booning Castl walk, Len: 27.7km, Climb: 362m, Area: Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland)

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An Bhuidéal: Climbing An Bhuideal
IainMiller 2 days ago.
An Bhuideal (The Bottle) is an iconic 50 metre high twin headed sea stack living 300 meters out to sea at the base of 250 meter high sea cliffs. Its remote location and close proximity to the sker...

  
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day 6
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
Thanks to all for making the weekends on the Beara-Breifne Way so special. We have completed 187Km in 7 Day?s walking walk, Len: 30.3km, Climb: 781m, Area: Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland)

  
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Dún Briste: Climbing dun Briste
IainMiller 2 days ago.
The first ascent by rock climbers was in May 1990 by three UK climbers who climbed a groove system up the north facing seaward face of the stack. The stack then waited 26 years for another ascent ...


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