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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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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET SEPTEMBER 2018
liz50 4 hours ago.
Traverse of Brandon Ridge is scheduled for Saturday 8th September. The walk from the Connor Pass to Brandon Creek is around 18km with 1300m ascent taking around 7 hours. There is a slightly shorte...

  
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conormcbandon 16 hours ago.
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Knockakishaun: Bunowen River can present problems
markwallace 19 hours ago.
Parked at a layby further up the valley from the crossing point mentioned in James Sheerin's comment to do a circuit of Laghta Eighter and Knockakishaun. Access to Laghta Eighter was easy from hig...

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2 baaags please
BleckCra a day ago.
Yes Aidy. Apparently there's some bad grass going around.

  
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Kilmore
conormcbandon 16 hours ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 26m, Area: Kilmore, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland) Kilmo...

  
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Crocknafarragh: The High Route around Glentornan Lough
jsramsey1491 a day ago.
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conormcbandon 16 hours ago.
walk, Len: 1.1km, Climb: 21m, Area: Oile?n an Bhromaigh, Galway Islands (Irelan...

  
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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 2 days ago.
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conormcbandon 16 hours ago.
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Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
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Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
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Barraderry
conormcbandon 17 hours ago.
walk, Len: 1.2km, Climb: 40m, Area: Barraderry, Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland) B...


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