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kernowclimber
2012-11-17 21:59:22
"Our county highpoint: Lug on snowshoes" from kernowclimber Contract pics
Picture: Our county highpoint: Lug on snowshoes (Contract pics)

Scaling the Heights!
I claimed I was no summit bagger but having done many of the County Tops, it was an irresistible challenge not to complete this list: 27 summits climbed over 3 years in all conditions.

The sight of Mweelrea glowering in icy majesty from Ben Bury was intimidating; surmounting it on a hot autumn day with exquisite coastal views: unforgettable. A case of carpe diem, we did Lugnaquilla from Glenmalure on snowshoes, summiting in Arctic conditions to a riotous sunset, descending under a sky of brilliant stars. Slieve Donard, also scaled in snow, gave crystal clear views of the icy Isle of Man. On Errigal and Kippure, we watched the vermillion orb of the winter sun slip below the western horizon and the full moon rise like a paper lantern. We were tested climbing Sawel in deep snow and nearly flattened by gale force winds on Mt Brandon.

Vivaldi’s Gloria captures the euphoria of gaining Benbaun. I was bemused to see joss sticks burning at the summit of mighty Carrauntoohil. But size isn’t everything. I loved exploring little Slieve na Calliagh’s megalithic tomb and meandering amid the whispering beech trees fringing Mullaghmeen. Slieve Foye was a steep pull from sea level, but oh, the views of Carlingford Lough and the Mournes! Corn Hill and Cupidstown posed no challenge: tracks led straight to them. Slieve Gullion was quickly scaled from a nearby car park where happily, thieves seem to be a thing of the past! The prize for a bog trot goes to burst teabag Moylussa. Trostan and Cuilcagh were worthy runners-up. Seltannasaggart SE Slope was a dull affair, aqueous Arderin (why on earth would someone cart a car battery to the summit?) and Slieve Beagh SE Top, wringing wet affairs. The sight of paragliders atop Mt Leinster was delightful, quad bikers on Knockmealdown was not.

For an edgy experience the Truskmores win, bagged at the fag end of a wet and windy summer’s day. The gate to the RTÉ mast access road declared the site off limits. We hurried up the steep and dreary tarmac way, convinced that any moment our butts would be full of buckshot fired by an irate farmer! Truskmore was a deflating experience, trig point marooned within a muddy building site. Truskmore SE Top nearby offered some consolation when the cloud rose revealing fine views of Yeats Country and not a farmer in sight! Most vile climb? Knockboy. In heavy rain I fell into bog, couldn’t get out, lost part of my walking pole and was bitten alive by horseflies!

Finally, high drama on Galtymore. In dense mist we found 2 women, ill clad, disoriented, mildly hypothermic - 3 of their group were missing. We got them into our emergency bivy and were brewing hot tea as 2 more walkers appeared, panicking about a missing friend. We had to call in Mountain Rescue. Galtymore was bagged whilst trying to find the missing walkers. Mountain Rescue was stood down 3 hrs later, all casualties safe. Yes, the County Tops have given me many great memories. Some I’d happily climb again, others no way!


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BleckCra a day ago.
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Slieve Donard: Saturday 6th April Mountainviews Walk
BleckCra a day ago.
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Lackakeely: An easy bag after Mweelrea
magnumpig a day ago.
Mweelrea is a sweaty old climb (for me anyways) and if, like me, you feel that climbing it deserves bagging more than one peak, you should visit Lackaleely. Basically it's a small rise overlooking...

  
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Baurtregaum: A walk among the clouds.
TommyV 2 days ago.
I followed Scapania's directions to get started for the tough pull up to Gearhane. It was a lovely day out and the views on the climb up were spectacular but there was a cloud sitting on the highe...

  
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Crusline: Epic fail!
TommyV 2 days ago.
As mentioned by Bunsen7, the entrance to the windfarm is the best way to access this hill. Note that there are signs saying no unauthorized access but isn't that always the way. I did come across ...

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Moveen Hill: Highest on the Loop
TommyV 2 days ago.
As Moveen Hill is the highest point on the Loop Head peninsula, the views on offer are great for such little effort. As mentioned by sandman, through the quarry and then out onto the open hill is ...

  
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Truskmore SE Cairn: Nice addition to Truskmore
bertandally 2 days ago.
No excuse not to come over here for a peek if you are at Truskmore, so that's what we did and it's worth it for the extra view.

  
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Maamturks & 7 MV Summits
simoburn 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 13.9km, Climb: 949m, Area: Corc?g, Maamturks (Ireland) Corc

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Fothair na Manach
Fergalo 4 days ago.
Fothair na Manach is one of the remotest, most spectacular & magical sites in Ireland and barely accessible. It lies jus walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 1118m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland)

  
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Truskmore: Can't get much easier but so worth it!
bertandally 2 days ago.
This was our second time to climb Truskmore and we've been lucky enough each time to get space to park at the start of the transmitter road at G7438546834. As we sat having some food in the van, w...

  
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Dalkey Island: Stepping off the mainland
Maulin 2 days ago.
Every visit to an Island is such a unique experience. There is something magical about stepping off the mainland and being, even for a few hours on another Island. When thinking about visiting an ...


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