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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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Track
Lettershinna Hill
conormcbandon a few minutes ago.
walk, Len: 1.1km, Climb: 97m, Area: Lettershinna Hill, South Connemara (Ireland...

  
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Oilean Mhuighinse
conormcbandon a few minutes ago.
walk, Len: 1.3km, Climb: 37m, Area: Oile?n Mhuighinse, Galway Islands (Ireland)...

  
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Shanganagh
conormcbandon less than an hour ago.
There is parking for one car where the track leaves the road without blocking any field gates. walk, Len: 0.7km, Climb: 41m, Area: Shanganagh, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland) Sh...

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Kilmichael Hill - Impenetrable Forest
conormcbandon less than an hour ago.
I visited the high point behind the communication mast but was unable to visit the true spot height do to very dense ... run, Len: 7.2km, Climb: 186m, Area: Kilmichael Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

  
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Gibbet Hill Windfarm
conormcbandon less than an hour ago.
run, Len: 5.5km, Climb: 62m, Area: Gibbet Hill, North Wexford (Ireland) Gibbet ...

  
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Loop Head North East Top
conormcbandon less than an hour ago.
walk, Len: 1.1km, Climb: 44m, Area: Loop Head NE Top, Clare Coastal Hill (Irela...

Summit Comment
Knockakishaun: Bunowen River can present problems
markwallace 2 hours ago.
Parked at a layby further up the valley from the crossing point mentioned in James Sheerin's comment to do a circuit of Laghta Eighter and Knockakishaun. Access to Laghta Eighter was easy from hig...

  
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East Coast: Malahide to Portmarnock
Onzy 2 hours ago.
walk, Len: 6.7km, Climb: 38m, Area: Dublin Islands (Ireland)

  
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Slievelamagan
Aidy 7 hours ago.
A walk up to Slievelamagan, then on to Cove Mountain and Slieve Beg, starting and finishing at Carrick Little. I had ... walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 790m, Area: Slievelamagan, Mourne Mountains (Ireland

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Brandon From The Connor Pass
Aidy 8 hours ago.
Hugely enjoyable walk, taking in seven summits, with some of the best views in Ireland. Most would probably do this i... walk, Len: 21.3km, Climb: 1463m, Area: An Bhinn Dubh, Brandon Group (Ireland)

  
Forum: General
2 baaags please
BleckCra 11 hours ago.
Yes Aidy. Apparently there's some bad grass going around.

  
Forum: General
A New Hazard!
Aidy a day ago.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45231987Never heard of this happening before.


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