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kernowclimber
2010-12-21 10:44:22
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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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'Off-Grid' in Arctic Sweden: Trekking the Dag Hammarskjöldleden
mcrtchly 9 hours 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 17 hours ago.
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Glen o' the Downs Wood
jgfitz 12 hours ago.
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Cloghnagaune: There must be an easier way!
Bunsen7 17 hours ago.
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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 a day ago.
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Cloghnagaune Summit and Stone Circle
Bunsen7 18 hours ago.
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Inishbarnog: Roan Inish
IainMiller a day ago.
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mlmoroneybb a week ago.
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An Bhuidéal: Climbing An Bhuideal
IainMiller a day ago.
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day 6
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
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Dún Briste: Climbing dun Briste
IainMiller a day ago.
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