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Bleck Cra
2011-05-02 21:59:20
"Heat on the horizon" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
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Burning Ring of Fire
Indignation. There is no human characteristic less attractive. So if I lapse into it here, forgive me.
Today, crossing into the north, in my nostrils, the scent of burning mountain; on my lips a smile; and in my heart of hearts a salute to the audacity of it. I don’t think we have the goods on them yet, but on the street, it is generally surmised that the wee scuzzies are responsible for setting the Mournes on fire.
What may be less known to the rest of us, but certainly to local residents is that the whole shebang is up: not just the Mournes, but bits of the Cooleys and it seems all of the Ring of Gullion.
Until today I have promoted the following view and in general, stick to it. Is the burning of upland heath mortal? No it is not. They do it in Scotland every year to promote the success of grouse and its entourage. It is a visual event, dramatic to behold and primeval in its purpose and spectacle. Sure it is why Scumby Jnr now so enjoys it. So cries of “foul” from armchair alpinistes may be a tad precious. That is the thrust of the argument – although it is paper thin. After closer investigation, I am changing my tune. This is a dangerous thing and very defo NIMBY. A run around the Ring and through Camlough today did not endear the aimless, disaffected wee hoodies to me. Clouds of choking smoke bale out from the tops and drop into the defenceless villages; roaring flames strafe heather and bite at the back gardens of paper-and-pins homes. On the road, safety is compromised, with the entire hill alight only metres away.
Ah well sure, here in the North we never did like visitors anyway.
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Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 3 hours ago.
This is a relatively easy way to reach the Croughan ridgeline and get a taste for the magnificent all-round views. Ir... walk, Len: 7.8km, Climb: 595m, Area: Croaghaun SW Top, Achill/Corraun (Ireland

  
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Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 13 hours ago.
The way to Crocknafarragh SE Top can follow the full route up to Crocknafarragh with an additional 700m walk out to the lesser top or, part of the way up, by contouring up and around the S flanks ...

  
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eamonoc
eamonoc a day ago.
A lot of walking done and so much more to do, thank you Mountainviews for the inspiration

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Baurtregaum Far NE Top: Great views from a so-so mountain
Colin Murphy 23 hours ago.
The view over Tralee Bay at low tide from Baurtregaum Far NE Top had the appearance of the Amazon River delta!

  
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Scouting the start of the Galty Challenge.
jackill 19 hours ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 623m, Area: Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains (Irel...

  
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Bunnacunneen South Top: Simple bag from nearby tops
Colin Murphy 23 hours ago.
For approach see entry for Bunnacunneen SE Top. From that grassy summit it is just over 1km across a gently rising slope to the NW and the South Top's equally grassy summit, which has marvellous p...

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molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver 3 days ago.
From the car park at molls gap follow the narrow country lane down to the pass between to stumpa duloigh and Knocklome... walk, Len: 17.6km, Climb: 985m, Area: Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland) Knocklome

  
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Bunnacunneen SE Top: Handy track
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 23 hours ago.
Although there was a sign on the track at L973 570 forbidding trespassers, the farmer in the nearby farmhouse had no problem with us using the track, which curved up the hillside almost to the sum...

  
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Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 4 days ago.
An easy way up starting from the carpark. walk, Len: 3.6km, Climb: 121m, Area: Minaun, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Minaun

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Caherbarnagh East Top: A Hidden Gem Discovered
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Park off road next to gate at the saddle between Claragh Mountain and Curracahill W23626 87990. There's room for 3-4 cars to park safely. Climb gate and follow rough stone track keeping forest to ...

  
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Puglia: Circuit south of Otranto
Onzy 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.1km, Climb: 215m, Area: Italy, Apulia ()

  
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Corraun Hill: Views! what views?
Harry Goodman 3 days ago.
Climbed this hill on Wed. 12 Oct 2011. Our intention was to start from Belfarsad Bridge but the blanket of thick mist covering the Plateau made me opt for the simpler climb from Burnanioo Bridge s...


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