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CaptainVertigo
2012-07-18 23:21:42
"A Walker without His Gear" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
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The Romantic Tradition
I remain convinced that the apparently anti-intellectual nature of this site is but a clever pose. Hill folk such as ourselves are incontrovertibly philosophical Romantics with a capital "R". There isn't one among us who doesn't dip into Rousseau, Keats, Shelley or MacFarlane as we munch our grub atop the sacred heights. But should a kindred spirit approach the much loved script is shoved into the backpack: our Romanticism is far too personal to be exposed to the kind of locker room banter that has become commonplace on the hills. Romanticism is essentially a flight back to the wild. It is a reaction against the soulless anomie of industrialisation and urbanisation. It seeks the authentic by fleeing the charade of modern life. MacFarlane refers to the Christian monks of our Atlantic extremities seeking to mirror the inner and outer landscapes. And while there is drama and fever in our great cities (think of the opening scene of Woody Allen's Manhattan) the ultimate shock and awe is to be found on top of the world looking down on creation when the light is right. It is a purer experience and ultimately more satisfying. (New MV members may wish to go to YouTube and watch the three wonderful hours of Peter Ackroyd's "The Romantics" -Nature, Liberty and Eternity (BBC 2005) )
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Trekking in the Caucasus Mountains: The Chaukhi Massif, Georgia’s Dolomites
mcrtchly a day ago.
Mention Georgia and most people automatically think of the State of Georgia in the USA, but there?s another arguably m walk, Len: 34.0km, Climb: 1766m, Area: Georgia ()

  
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Lake District: Extended Kentmere Round
Onzy 2 days ago.
Classic Kentmere Round extended to take in High Street. 9 Wainwrights in total. walk, Len: 22.2km, Climb: 1108m, Area: Yoke, Lake District - Eastern Fells (Bri...

  
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A hike in the Alps Maritimes
mallowman 2 days ago.
I went to the Southern Alps for a trek at the end of October for hopefully some sun and a dose of vitamin D to get me through the winter. Here is a link to my blog of the trip. I hope you enjoy, S...

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Lake District: Fairfield Horseshoe
Onzy 2 days ago.
Lakes Classic round taking in 8 Wainwrights... walk, Len: 19.2km, Climb: 997m, Area: Nab Scar, Lake District - Eastern Fells (...

  
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"Deaded"
BleckCra a week ago.
Never would have thought it but it turns out mountains can can be named after insects. Despite all my decrying this site for its translation of Meelmore as Hill of the Ants, I find right on the do...

  
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Croagh Patrick
Paul_Rooney 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 7.7km, Climb: 709m, Area: Croagh Patrick, Croagh Patrick (Ireland) C...

Summit Comment
Binn Mhairg: A well worthwhile but neglected scramble
IainT a week ago.
The quartzite slabs on the NE flank of Binn Mhairg make a good scramble, one of the best in the Maum Turks. They are reachable by traversing round from the Mam Ean track, pathless but largely gras...

  
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Aughinish: Clare Island
sandman a week ago.
This island is located in County Clare but can only be accessed via County Galway. Originally connected to Clare but the connection was lost in 1755 as a result of an earthquake The British built ...

  
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Near Truskmore, Dartry Mountains (Ireland)
Paul_Rooney 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 8.5km, Climb: 424m, Area: Truskmore, Dartry Mountains (Ireland) Trus...

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Scanlan's Island: Clare Island
sandman a week ago.
Access to the Island is via the gravel road/track located at M2575111537 .During low tide you have no problem driving on to the island and following the track to the left over concrete to within m...

  
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Local 100
wwwalker 4 weeks ago.
I just wanted to say well done on the change to the local 100 conditions. I was nearly there but the last 2 or 3 would have involved almost going through peoples gardens etc. so I abandoned trying...

  
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Munnia Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a week ago.
Best to access this hill via the farm gate located on the the coastal side at M2929112163 in order to avoid the houses on the opposite side. Just a quick up and down over grazing land to begin and...


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