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kernowclimber
2010-12-21 10:44:22
"Cra taking mental notes on our performance!" from kernowclimber Contract pics
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Not just a fair weather bird…
“Speed training. Well it’s a dark art. People will be amazed at your ability, but they won’t know how you’re doing it.” Speed training. Gulp. It reminded me of gruelling training sessions on sand dunes to build up my stamina for competitive cross country running many moons ago, and that was like chewing glass… “But it’s actually really simple and it works - instant results. You will be able to keep going when others have faded.” I supressed a smile as images of the Duracell Bunny and little blue pills flashed through my mind!! But I had heard on the MV’s grapevine that his claim was absolutely true. So Mcrtchly and I set about finding out for ourselves what that crafty old bird had up his sleeve. We took up Cra’s offer of speed training in his Kingdom of Mourne. Now Cra is a wily old bird, but even he can’t control the weather which just lately seems to have been on amphetamines. The Mournes were bedecked with snow, feet of the stuff, and our birdie likes a level playing field, so speed training was just not to be.

But Cra’s also a game old bird and met up with us on the day we were to complete our first 100 MV summits. One feather weight and two heavyweight walkers set out briskly from Donard car park. I swear Cra was indulging in his dark arts, although he claims he wasn’t, but he moved blisteringly quickly over the terrain. How I delighted in his very senior moment, not because he’d lost his scarf, but to pause for a breather! Slieve Beg and the Devil’s Coach Road whirled by, then the tremendous push up snow-clad Cove. Me in snowshoes, Mcrtchly in crampons and Cra flying in his 3 season boots, eyeing our efforts from his continual vantage point above!! Pause for a brew up on Cove, a congratulatory summit photo, and then the helter-skelter descent off the mountains before dark.

As I trudged back into Donard Car Park over 6 hours later with my 8.5kg pack, I realised that a Grampian Greyhound met a Cornish Carthorse in the Mournes that day. They say it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks and in this case I hope that’s true because I want to know how he does it: move that quickly, so effortlessly over difficult terrain. I want to keep going faster and longer too…
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Fothair na Manach
Fergalo an hour ago.
Fothair na Manach is one of the remotest, most spectacular & magical sites in Ireland and barely accessible. It lies jus walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1118m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland)

  
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Carran South Top: An uninspiring summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 18 hours ago.
The shortest approach to Carran S top is from Bealick. Starting from Gougane Barra forest park W070 653 C. Follow trail to it's high point then head North to Bealick then follow a fence to Carran ...

  
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No Green Card Required!
liz50 23 hours ago.
With the likely postponement of Brexit until June at the earliest a Green Card will not be required to attend the Mountainviews members and friends meetup walk in the Mournes on Saturday 6th April...

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Carran: Several approachs
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 18 hours ago.
There is no direct approach to Carran. The options include taking in all 4 Carran summits from the west parking near a farmyard at the end of a yellow road W039 689 and follow a track from W043 68...

  
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An Cheathrú Lair: Highest Point is the West Quarter.89m ?
ucampbell 22 hours ago.
The way marked trail maps provided on the Island lead you to the Cliffs. However I wanted to reach the highest point and this was easily done in the time allowed before getting the afternoon ferry...

  
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Lackagh Mountain: Lackagh or Boleybrack?
TommyV a day 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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An Starraicin
Fergalo a day 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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Carrane Hill: Navy Seals only for this approach
TommyV a day 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 a day 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 2 days 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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Brandon point to Sas Creek to Araglen
Fergalo a day ago.
Brandon point to Sas Creek to Araglen returning to Brandon point be Teer bog road walk, Len: 16.2km, Climb: 554m, Area: Faill an tS?is, Brandon Group (Ireland) F...

  
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Carronadavderg: Very unremarkable.
TommyV 2 days 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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