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CaptainVertigo
2012-09-11 21:47:32
"The Visitors are Coming!" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
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Keeping Ireland Clean
It takes a real curmudgeon to find fault with the noble sentiments expressed in the latest anti litter campaign advertisement. I am he. For some years we Irish have sold ourselves the notion that we are a mountain people. When we hear "The Heathers" sing "I want to go I want to get away from everything" we see comely maidens and their handsome boyfriends gadding about our uplands dressed for a night out. I have been trudging mournfully about the island for ages, well wrapped up, attempting to complete my Lists in peace, and stay dry. I hardly ever meet anyone, never mind maidens. Frankly, I am perfectly happy with this solitude. Physical endurance is a robust milieu for deep introspection and when the pain stops on a summit there may well be a moment of trancendance, perhaps chemically driven by the release of endorphins, perhaps lurking within waiting to come out: whatever. Now our portrayal of ourselves to others is just as much a mountainous misrepresentation as is the height of our self delusion. Try YouTube under the search "il cielo d'irlanda", for example. I know that its a bit fanciful to think that our little world on high might be invaded. After all its so hard to get there, on foot at least., while there are no paths (but there are more paths than there used to be...up to windmills and so forth). And there's the fear that global warming might suddenly make things dryer and warmer rather than wetter and cooler. All that marketing mumbo-jumbo might just actualise. So when I see my beloved hills splashed across yet another advert, I expect nothing new. No new "high" low. But there is something wince-some. Because the question is "Would you throw 5 billion away?That's what our tourism sector generates each year". Mad cranky eccentric oddball that I am, I am repulsed by the notion that we should be motivated to protect and cherish our wild heritage because part of our soul can generate huge income. Our wild heritage is valuable beyond measure. It is a treasure in itself. It is priceless.
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Slieveboy: Default hill
scannerman 3 hours ago.
I've forgotten how many times I've gone up this hill, must be over 50. I live relatively close so its the easy option when larger 'expeditions' are a non starter. It has a very decent balcony walk...

  
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Sugarloaf Hill: Easy access and log book to sign
ilenia 15 hours ago.
Sugarloaf Hill is usually climbed from Bay Lough Car Park, S03056 09981, ample parking there. Cross the road and follow the wall and the eroded path all the way up, it's steep enough but you'll re...

  
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Maulin: Misty morning
simon3 a day ago.
Just sometimes and just for a short while a damp forest can show a misty fairy side. And so it was one January day after a heavy raincloud had passed and the sun had majicked this sprite into the ...

Summit Comment
Slieve Beg: Southern plunge
simon3 a day ago.
The famous side of Slieve Beg is the NE, gashed by the Devils Coachroad. However the SE side also has its drama.Taken on a frosty slippy day from Cove.

  
Summit Comment
Chimney Rock Mountain: Rock, cloud and sea.
simon3 a day ago.
Chimney Rock photographed from between Slievelamagan and Cove.

  
Summit Comment
Dromderalough NE Top: Odd-looking formations
Colin Murphy 3 days 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...

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Dromderalough NE Top: VL Number 273 bagged....
Colin Murphy 3 days 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...

  
Track
Pic de Cresp
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 1190m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
Summit Summary
Dromderalough NE Top: Long route from the south.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 3 days 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
Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 4 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...

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

  
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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 4 days ago.
View back over route taken from Mullaghclogha to Mullaghdoo


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