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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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An Cnoc Fada: The majesty of the Poisoned Glen in the snow
mcrtchly a day ago.
A snowy day gives a different perspective on the Poisoned Glen and Crockfadda. This photo was taken with a 500mm lens at a distance of 1.5km from the Scared Heart Church and 8km from the the Poiso...

  
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Tomies Mountain: Light on Tomies and Purple
davsheen a day ago.
Tomies and Purple in the Light from Muckross

  
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Derrygarriff: Free as a bird
Colin Murphy a week ago.
We were lucky to see a white tailed eagle gliding gracefully over Eirk Lough before before coming to rest on a rock, which provided the opportunity to capture a pic of the rarely seen bird of prey...

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Foardal: Beyond a shadow of a doubt
Colin Murphy a week ago.
The French writer Maupassant used to say he had lunch in the Eiffel Tower every day because it was the only place in Paris that he couldn't see the thing. A similar view might be taken of Foardal,...

  
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day 6
mlmoroneybb 4 days 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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The Beara-Breifne Way Day5
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
Day 5 we set out for Ballyvourney where some of us put our cupla focail to good use. Along this trail we came across man walk, Len: 23.4km, Climb: 483m, Area: Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland)

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Enjoy your trip
BleckCra 4 days ago.
The first flurry of snow here in Armagh. A biting wind. Antenna whiskers taste the chill air and the prospect of picture postcard winter days. In no time at all, the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue will...

  
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Hillocks
BleckCra 6 days ago.
Simon. Himself is the well known to some, Bernard Hill. Less well known of course are hills to do with ants, except to some. Keep er lit though. At least some sort of discussion and of course only...

  
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Foardal: Simple approach from NW
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
If you want to do this in isolation, the simplest route is from the car park at V882790, and then heading SE directly up the heathery slope for 1km. The summit itself is a broad heathery mound.

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The Beara-Breifne Way Day7
mlmoroneybb 4 days 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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The Beara-Breifne Way Day4
mlmoroneybb 4 days ago.
The Saturday trek started in the scenic village of Glengarriff. From here a short boat trip brought some of our members... walk, Len: 27.5km, Climb: 783m, Area: Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland) Foilastookeen

  
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Derrygarriff: Fine summit, easily reached.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
There are access issues around Moll's Gap, so suggest starting at car park at V882790 and proceeding up the heathery slopes to Foardal - about 1km to the SE, before walking the 1.5km to the SW to ...


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