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dhmiriam
2011-01-16 16:06:52
Sans-Terring home.
The Devil’s Coach Road, crazy-pavement of some dark god’s guilty pleasure, is hewn of many obstacles. Some, are there on arrival, some, one carries in, in ones backpack, head or gut. Scree at the outset denotes the footing, (vultu mutabilis albus et ater) its twin, the image of desolation.
Walkers, Thoreau said, have the genius of sauntering. The original saunterers, being folk, (generally of an idle nature) about the Middle ages who asked for charity on the pretence of making their way to the Holy Land, a la Sainte-Terre, till the children cried their goes a Sainte-Terrer, a Saunterer, a Holy Lander, or perhaps that other derivative, from the word sans terre, without land or having no particular home, its see-saw balance, that of equally being at home everywhere. So the collective saunterers sat in the dark ones gully atop the scree, below the yawning gap of the dark one’s gullet and as is wont to do at such a point, pondered.
Our naviagators, Bleck Cra and Newton, lay it out. There are choices. We go up or we go down. One must not be a hero on the Devil’s Coach Road, we are merely sauntering up, attentively. Deep in Beg’s well of despair, comes a soaring notion of crusade. Not an abstract one, but a rather rocky embracing by Beg. Cra puts it out that no-one has died off this road, so it is as if she begs one to try, seduces one in and up. Some saunterers are class acts, nimble, graceful, strong, assured, gentle giants, some are not. Cra says, ‘now watch where I put my foot, and follow suit’, and swings his leg above his ear, and materialises some two metres further up. One does it hands, knees and bumsi-daysies, until one uproots an entire slab of supporting platform, and is ushered to move quickly for this moment, anywhere, but preferably onward. Blinkered by fog and mist can be no bad thing either. Today it was a consolation.
And then.....out of nowhere, the glorious ascension into heaven. Moments of ‘sans terre’. Comes a point where language doesn’t cut it dear reader, nor would the emotion permit a voicing, and one looks into the eyes of one’s five companions and there it is, mind, spirit, and loin, ‘home’, via the Devil’s coach road.
P.S. To complete this walk requires no more than putting one foot in front of the other, knowing where to put one foot before the other, and in my own experience is best completed in the privileged following of the heels of the like of jackill and Cra. Would I give them their dinner (stew) to mind on a Friday night, no, but Saturday morning I’d give them the keys of the kingdom. Excuse the gushing, test the climb yourself, and do your best to post your results to M.V. in a more objective opine........... if possible.
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Slieveboy: Default hill
scannerman 3 hours ago.
I've forgotten how many times I've gone up this hill, must be over 50. I live relatively close so its the easy option when larger 'expeditions' are a non starter. It has a very decent balcony walk...

  
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Sugarloaf Hill: Easy access and log book to sign
ilenia 15 hours ago.
Sugarloaf Hill is usually climbed from Bay Lough Car Park, S03056 09981, ample parking there. Cross the road and follow the wall and the eroded path all the way up, it's steep enough but you'll re...

  
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Maulin: Misty morning
simon3 a day ago.
Just sometimes and just for a short while a damp forest can show a misty fairy side. And so it was one January day after a heavy raincloud had passed and the sun had majicked this sprite into the ...

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Slieve Beg: Southern plunge
simon3 a day ago.
The famous side of Slieve Beg is the NE, gashed by the Devils Coachroad. However the SE side also has its drama.Taken on a frosty slippy day from Cove.

  
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Chimney Rock Mountain: Rock, cloud and sea.
simon3 a day ago.
Chimney Rock photographed from between Slievelamagan and Cove.

  
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Dromderalough NE Top: Odd-looking formations
Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
On my approach to the summit I came across a large field of hundreds of these rather striking formations, which I think are are moss-covered boulders, but which looked like giant green ant-hills o...

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Dromderalough NE Top: VL Number 273 bagged....
Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
My final Vandeleur-Lynam! Unfortunately No. 273 wasn't the most distinctive summit (when I came off Mangerton I couldn't even pick it out on the landscape) , but the views from the top are tremend...

  
Track
Pic de Cresp
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 1190m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Summary
Dromderalough NE Top: Long route from the south.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
Not normally done in isolation, this top usually forms part of a walk involving Dromderalough itself or Mangerton. One approach is from the north, which has the advantage of a gently rising track ...

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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 4 days ago.
Visited Mullaghdoo today, as part of a 16.4km tek over the Mullaghs, followed Onzy`s track 2570 and added on the walk out to Mullaghdoo and back from Mullaghclogha, much retracing of steps require...

  
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James Forrest - VLs in 2 months man - talks
simon3 2 days ago.
Date: 23rd/24th/25th January 2019Venue: 23rd Jan Dublin24th Jan Thurles25th Jan NewryDetails here: https://mountaineering.ie/events/2013/default.aspx?iid=2214The Vandeleur-Lynams, a list now maint...

  
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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 4 days ago.
View back over route taken from Mullaghclogha to Mullaghdoo


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