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jim holmes
2007-07-09 22:48:02
"Comeragh Challenge" from jim holmes Contract pics
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Comeragh Challenge
“If you can’t see the mountains; then it’s raining. And if you can; well then the rain is on its way!” Driving rain had me pondering all this on the North approach to Carrigagower whilst participating on the Comeragh Challenge on Saturday last. This and that how the wonderful people from Dungarvan Hillwalking Club cant stop themselves from feeding you (I honestly hadn’t eaten as much since Christmas, delicious......and many, many thanks to all) and how this ridge was starting to feel like the Col of Despondency.
Speaking of the Col of Despondency isn’t it curious how every one of the challenge walks all seem to have their own individual and unique “Heartbreak Ridge”. It’s probably Binn Bhan on the 12 Bens and it might be Tonelagee on the Lug Walk, especially if you’ve just slogged through Barnacullion. Who thinks up these walks? Do they secretly meet to discuss new forms of torture? Still I do appreciate they no doubt probably do mean well…..mmmm….most of the time anyway!
One truly brilliant thing that I believe separates the Comeragh Crossing from many another walk is that it is a real occasion for a great day out and FOR ALL. What do I mean by this….? Well anyone who has ever ventured a marathon run will be all too familiar with how frustrating it can feel just to get to actually start the run. Unless you’re a strapping young lad from the belly of darkest Africa or a young lassie who’s built like a stick-insect and from Ballydehob, chances are you’ll be at the back with the masses and it will take you half a day just to plod up to the starting line and by the time you get there the young lad is already on his way home looking to share a relaxing bath with the young lassie….as water is scarce at the moment in Africa but they can’t give it away in Ballydehob!
This is fairly akin to the really painful knowledge that just as you are about to tackle the Col of Despondency on the “Turks”, news comes through that at that given moment in time, already there is many a “fit-fecker” sinking a “skinful” of “the plain” in a cosy shibeen with a roaring fire........it’s true, cruelty is very much alive and well in our world of Hillwalking! Well with the Comeragh Crossing there is anything up to five different variations of the walk all going on in the one day! So what happens is that if you’re up to the “Challenge” part, you will at various sections break off from the trail, tear up to some summit for a coded checkpoint and then rejoin others who have their own missions on the day. As everyone tends to keep bumping into each other all through the walk, it is indeed comforting to know how all are feeling pretty much the same pain! And sure come the evening and the Blister Party it always amazes me to see how well tired legs still have a dance in them…..whisst!.....who’s that over there hoppin’ and boppin’….? You know I think I’m starting to fall in love with the “stick-insect” from Ballydehob…...ah if I was only five years younger and I had my own teeth…..?


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Pic de Cresp
David-Guenot 14 hours ago.
walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 1190m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Forum: General
James Forrest - VLs in 2 months man - talks
simon3 a day 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...

  
Summit Comment
Dromderalough NE Top: VL Number 273 bagged....
Colin Murphy a day 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...

Summit Summary
Dromderalough NE Top: Long route from the south.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day 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 ...

  
Summit Comment
Dromderalough NE Top: Odd-looking formations
Colin Murphy a day 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...

  
Summit Comment
Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 2 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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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 2 days ago.
View back over route taken from Mullaghclogha to Mullaghdoo

  
Summit Comment
Slievenaglogh: Pleasant 90 Minute Stroll
Pepe 4 days ago.
A blanket of cloud covered the higher Cooleys from Foxe's Rock to Foye but Slievenagloch was in the clear - happy days! Lots of logging activity at 9.30 of a Monday morning, so no space to park at...

  
Summit Comment
Mangerton: The Lake District
TommyV 6 days ago.
Scapania's directions to the start are perfect. It's possible to make a looped walked taking in Stoompa and Mangerton which will allow for great views of so many lakes I won't list them. It's a fa...

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Naweeloge Top: Meh
magnumpig 6 days ago.
I followed Sandmans instructions - thanks for those - it's a bit of a time consuming and boring climb, and the views from the top arent great. I wouldnt prioritise it if you have time constraints ...

  
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Ben More: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) and Stuc a' Chroin in the distance
melohara a week ago.
Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) and Stuc a' Chroin in the distance from Ben More Crianlarich

  
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Ben More: with Stob Binnein from Stob Coire an Lochain
melohara a week ago.
Stob Binnein and Ben More Crianlarich from Stob Coire an Lochain


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