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CaptainVertigo
2012-07-18 23:21:42
"A Walker without His Gear" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
Picture: A Walker without His Gear (Contract pics)

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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Tooreenbaha: Early on a sunny April morning
peter1 less than an hour ago.
Tooreenbaha, above the Rabach's Glen at the start (or finish!) of the circuit. Knockatee is the distinctive hill in the background.

  
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Knockowen: A view from the West
peter1 less than an hour ago.
A view of Knockowen from Tooreenbaha. The Healy Pass is the gap on the right of the picture and the road can be seen rising across the slopes.

  
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Buckoogh: Buckoo Bucks!
ckilm an hour ago.
Followed route suggested by Jackill from the east side of Buckoogh and found the nuisance clearfell has worsened over the years since that comment. Would not recommend it at all now. An easier alt...

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Camenabologue SE
Bunsen7 a day 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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Mullaghcleevaun circuit
osullivanm a day 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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An Alp for OAPs...
Colin Murphy 3 days 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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Scrabo Hill: Hill with a tower on top
Wilderness 5 days ago.
The hill on its own is 160 meters high and the tower is 40 meters high. The tower is closed during the winter months.The hill can be climbed from the car park just below the Golf Clubhouse at J475...

  
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Bonscale Pike-Wether Hill Loop
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
A beautiful route which takes in 6 wainwrights (Bonscale Pike, Arthur's Pike, Loadpot Hill, Wether Hill, Steel Knotts... walk, Len: 17.3km, Climb: 948m, Area: Swarth Fell (Ullswater), Lake District -

  
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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET APRIL 2018
liz50 4 days ago.
Not long now until the first Mountainviews members meet of 2018. We will be walking in the Galtee mountains on Saturday 28th April. If you are thinking of joining us and would like more details pl...

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Keelogyboy Mtn Far E Top: A small beautifully shaped mountain.
Wilderness 6 days ago.
This mountain is easy to recognise because of its shape. A good place to start is at Doon Lough car park at G794363. From here walk down the R278 towards Sligo and take the second country road on ...

  
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Divis: Great views
Wilderness 4 days ago.
The car park is quite high up on the west side of the mountain at J266741. There are a number of different trails to walk around on Divis and Black mountain. Divis is the highest point (478m), wi...

  
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Great Mell Fell
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 3.2km, Climb: 277m, Area: Great Mell Fell, Lake District - Eastern F...


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