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simon3
2011-06-14 12:24:39
Evocation, emotion, celebration - the 'Turks
At Captain V's insistence I took a look at this description of a two day trip over the 'Turks. Their first day which had clear weather views of the Joyce Country and their gorgeous simulation of the track sets the scene. The music they choose for the first of the four sections was entirely appropriate, jaunty at the start and past Cruiscin. After passing the one trig pillar of the walk (Binn Ramhar) they descended to the first major lake. For me it evoked memories of finding the place in the mist in the 70's and a nasty fall and I thought broken wrist in the 90's.

They bivvied out at Patrickswell, the pass of the birds, and the mood and music changed to reflect the steep pull up Binn Chaonaigh followed by the walk over the grave yard chippings to Binn idir an Da Log.

If you have done this walk a number of times you begin to associate every stretch with remembered effort and emotion. There's always been for me a feeling of joy at reaching each of the three summits of Binn idir an dá Log mixed with some trepidation at the descent to Maam Ochoige - a place it is easy to go wrong on.

Next they started on the 3rd quarter up Knocknahillion and on to Letterbreckaun. A good example of the treachery of quartzite when greasy and slicked with bog. I remember seeing medical attention being given here on one of the organised walks where someone had slipped and, if I remember correctly, broken his leg.

The view from Letterbreckaun showed cloud truncated summits but at least something was visible of the view from the Northern 'Turks which includes a huge sweep from Mweelrea to the Sheefrys. Now either kernowclimber is really fit or there was a touch of staging judging by the way she was lepping up Binn Bhán! There's a sheep fence there and the wire shows signs of endless people pulling on it in effort to get up this steep slope!

The evening was wearing on and I noted a gorgeous silhoutte of the Benchoona area, south of Killary Harbour before the fateful last climb up from the Col of Despondency.

Some years ago finishing the 'Turks I brought along an MP3 player and put on one of my favourites Vivaldi Gloria and it was just perfect that this was the accompaniment for the finishing pint so eulogised by Captain V.

Well done Kernowclimber and mrcritch - a great introduction for newcomers but also a really evocative piece for those that have done this great walk over the years!
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