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CaptainVertigo
2012-03-30 00:48:14
"Lovely but Horrible" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
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Blasket
Last summer I disgraced myself on the Great Blasket in the presence of PD Templan, the man who has transliterated the entire mountain nomenclature of our blessed island for this site. He has laboured through peat hagiographies of dinnseanchas to produce hundreds of mountain etymologies,enriching our elevated experiences immeasurably. Well here's the story. On a sunny August day our family made it to the island . I brought my lads to the rocky shore and then to the high point of the island and we had wonderful views, and felt satisfied with the glories of the place and the day. The experience of the high hills is the very opposite of any kind of managed packaged cacophanous menagerie of mankind, which is why I love them. That day I resented the fact that I had had to queue to get out to the island. And then I realised that everyone wanted to come home on the same boat. More queues, on a concrete ramp leading to the sea. But I was delighted to meet PD Templan on the ramp and we exchanged warm greetings before returning to our entourages. There were different boats going to different places and all the tension that goes with uncertainty and crowds packed together like penguins. When one of the stewards shouted out: "Anyone for Dingle come to the front" our family bizarrely but innocently interpreted this as meaning the peninsula rather than the town! We were ushered forward only to discover on careful inquiry that we were wrong. So naturally we made our way back up the ramp to where we had been, embarassed that the crowd would see us as fools or knaves. Eventually those in front of us were brought off in dinghies to the bigger boats and at last we arrived at the water's edge - legitimately this time!. Then the lad who was giving out the life jackets (one's boarding card) decided to by pass us and move around us and behind us. It seemed clear to me that he had decided we had been up to no good earlier and was punishing us. I decided to ask him to explain but he seemed to ignore me. So I asked him in rather stronger terms. I felt like a South Vietnamise concubine trying to get my mixed race family onto one of the last helicopters leaving Saigon. Helpless. Furious. And madly embarassed that I behaved so boorishly in the presence of PD whose companions included foreign friends. I did not enjoy the sensation of having to meekly accept the fate of my family because ,literally, if we complained any further we could have put our return trip in doubt. I resolved to make my own way in the world for as I long as my limbs would let me, and postpone the experience of the refugee until I am consigned to a suitable nursing home when I become too much trouble for the children. And when that time comes, I hope to join with fellow rebels, a la One Flew OVER The Cuckoo's Nest, and escape once more, if only to the nearest pub.


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Shefy Knockboy
Ulsterpooka 13 hours ago.
walk, Len: 39.0km, Climb: 1287m, Area: Lackabaun, Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland) Lack...

  
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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET APRIL 2018
liz50 2 days ago.
It is this Saturday 28th April! Visiting some of the lesser know summits in the Galtees, including Temple Hill and Lyracappal. If you would like to join us please contact Liz at elizabethashton201...

  
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Galtybeg: One of those rare perfect days
jackill 2 days ago.
Every once in a while comes a rare day when everything just works, even though it shouldn't.Dodgy back, banjaxed knees, starting time silly o'clock, have to be home by noon to evict the crows from...

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Nephin from the North....stunning views.
derkelly274 3 days ago.
First time climbing Nephin for both myself and my friend. We decided to go at it from the North as it seemed like a more walk, Len: 5.3km, Climb: 644m, Area: Nephin, North Mayo (Ireland) Nephin

  
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Lugduff: A high point on long ridge separating Glendalough from Glenmalure
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
This picture is taken pretty much directly to the west of Lugduff across Glenmalure on an approach to Camenabologue SE Top.Most people will probably take in Lugduff as part of a circuit of Glendal...

  
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derkelly274
derkelly274 3 days ago.
Enjoy climbing the odd hill. Hope to visit more and more.

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Camenabologue SE Top: Direct Route from Glenmalure
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
Followed directions posted on MV to find the forest ride up from Glenmalure. See track 3766.The first section of forestry SW of the forest track has been felled, making the forest ride more obviou...

  
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Camenabologue SE
Bunsen7 5 days ago.
This shortish alternative track makes use of a forest ride (as heralded by Simon3) from Glenmalure to reach Camenabol... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 664m, Area: Camenabologue SE Top, Dublin/Wicklow (Ir

  
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An Alp for OAPs...
Colin Murphy a week ago.
If you an ageing hillwalker like myself who might have liked to bag an ‘Alp’ but are too long in the tooth to contemplate such an adventure, fear not, there is a simple little Austrian Alp you can...

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Bealick: Between two counties
Wilderness 3 days ago.
I approached this mountain from the North East ,coming from the Coomataggart mountains. When I got to the top I had to walk around for a few minutes to pinpoint the true summit; which I'm sure is...

  
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Mullaghcleevaun circuit
osullivanm 5 days ago.
A very pleasant circuit although some difficult ground between Duff Hill and the return to start of hike. walk, Len: 17.3km, Climb: 792m, Area: Black Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Blac...

  
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Nephin: A looped climb from the North. Stunning views all around!
derkelly274 3 days ago.
First time climbing Nephin for both myself and my friend. We decided to go at it from the North as it seemed like a more interesting prospect. There was access to the woods on the northern slope o...


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