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Bleck Cra
2012-10-12 18:18:12
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25 years ago this month, I walked my first Munro. This was when there was a distinction between “walking” hills and “climbing” mountains. A time when Munro Bagging was an elite sport and not an alternative to shopping. A place where a confident cameraderie flourished amongst those in the know but never those in the know-everything. A world of novelty, danger, exhilaration and abstinence and not of pig-out cereal bars, mixed nuts, yoghurt and points of view.
A once-upon-a-time, when boots from the shoe shop, waterproofs from the draper’s and old cars jampacked with idealist ingenus and ingenues, lumbered on to grizzled verges, excitement uncontained – and not dull, gas-guzzling Chelsea tractors expelling their smug, apathetic contents on to clean, new, tarred carparks.
Today, those lines have become blurred – or perhaps it’s just my eyesight – the excitement of a day on the hill has been dulled by images of abandoned tents, endless rubbish and a headlong rush by the hoi poloi into our patch.
If I want anything to do with that lot, I shall go to Newry and eat something called a wrap…..

So …….. I am hanging up my boots.

I am pleased to do this while my dear hillwaking circle remains proudly, unashamedly and utterly elitist.

From Journey of the Magi by T.S. Eliot

All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.


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Forum: General
THE POWER OF WORDS
Pepe 5 hours ago.
There I was scratching around on Slieve Binnian. Up top, I bumped into a couple out hillwalking for the day. Pleasantries were exchanged – which way did you come up, fabulous views, the weather – ...

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Binnian: Mind how you go on a route Not Recommended
Pepe 9 hours ago.
Climbed this yesterday on the route leading from Brackenagh Bridge. Chose this route because I wanted to do Moolieve and the Wee Binnian on the way up. On a plus note a local farmer kindly let me ...

  
Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: A spectacular landscape
Damian120 10 hours ago.
It's a seldom-visited area of County Mayo yet it boasts some of the most impressive coastal architecture in the entire country. After spending five years covering and exploring the landscape of th...

Track
Buckaun - Binnaw circuit.
simon3 11 hours ago.
Hydro scheme at Lough Nadirkmore.The walk starts from a point high in an east facing coum of Maumtrasna. This road goes walk, Len: 5.8km, Climb: 368m, Area: Partry/Joyce Country (Ireland)

  
Track
Croghan Kinsella
jgfitz 23 hours ago.
This is a variation on track #3938, so I will avoid repeating the comments made there, with which I fully agree. This... walk, Len: 11.4km, Climb: 412m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Irelan

  
Track
Knocknalougha South Top
Onzy a day ago.
Route to Knocknalougha South Top from Crow Hill carpark ... as outlined by melohara on the Hill Page... walk, Len: 11.7km, Climb: 430m, Area: Knocknalougha South Top, Knockmealdown Mo...

Track
12 (Listed) Bens - Revisited
GSheehy 3 days ago.
I was drawn back by the lure of completing the 2002 - 12 Bens Challenge route. I got the details from John J. Cotter w... walk, Len: 29.1km, Climb: 2598m, Area: Benglenisky, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Ben

  
Forum: General
Re: Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
Hi daithi07The 'what's left to do in Ireland' article currently lives largely in my head rather than anywhere more tangible. It will see the light of day at some point in the next few months. I am...

  
Track
Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Paou to Chorto return
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 8.3km, Climb: 237m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

Track
Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Affisos to Afetes return (2)
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 9.7km, Climb: 458m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

  
Summit Comment
Big Collin: Permission required?
StephenMullin a week ago.
Hi thereCan anybody tell me if permission is required to walk up Big Collin? If so, how does one go about obtaining this?Many thanks!

  
Summit Summary
Anglesey Mountain: Great Carlingford views from a so-so top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
There is enough space to park one car at 100 167, just on the edge of a wood around a sharp u-bend. Proceed north for 100m before turning NE up a gentle slope, although the terrain is treacherous ...


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