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Conditions, padode.. by dhmiriam   (Show all posts)
Bleck Cra
2007-11-15 22:04:02
TWO BY TWO OR 4x4s?
Ten years ago a man could stand on Crannoge and touch air like it was Christmas tinsel: gritty, washed, sparkling. It was arid - like a desert, arid. Heather clung grudgingly; at the first opportunity to be off. An drunken bumble bee floated in from Spain or Poland. And we talked of countryside and environment. Our countryside. We had space - but countryside?! A year ago, I watched, under an unfazed sun, the golden aura of God’s most articulate aeronaut, a peregrine, dislodge a troupe of brown lizards. On the rock - off the rock - on the rock - off the rock. For a serpent only invented yesterday, it was singularly unnerving to be stalked by a raptor only invented this morning. Suddenly the Mourne Mountains abound with fauna, the like of which has not been seen for generations. Goats the size of deer, T-cut within an inch of their lives; raptors big, bold, bad and glistening; beetles the size of boots. Correct me if I am wrong (and I know some swat will), but are fishermen within the fall-out footprint of Chernobyl not now called something like “lucky fisherman” ?: because the land, even irradiated by something quite appalling has now borne beasts of the field, the river and the air of fabulous proportions. No this is not the sci-fi world of the doom-mongers but a true bill and they are as healthy as butchers’ dogs. The Mournes is transforming: is it you, me and other participants effecting this? Is it the retreat or the onset of some natural meteorology? Whatever it is y’all, it is certainly not as simple at the line one political agenda or another peddles. So believe none of it: absolutely none and go visit YOUR new eden - the Mourne Mountains Co Down.
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Slieve League South-East Top: The Pilgrims Path less travelled
madfrankie 20 hours ago.
The Pilgrims Path which starts from near Teelin (the path is well sign-posted from the village) is an interesting approach to the SE Top, and would be more lauded were it not for the more spectacu...

  
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Slieveboy: Default hill
scannerman 2 days 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 2 days 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 3 days 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 magicked this sprite into the ...

  
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Slieve Beg: Southern plunge
simon3 3 days 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.

  
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Chimney Rock Mountain: Rock, cloud and sea.
simon3 3 days ago.
Chimney Rock photographed from between Slievelamagan and Cove.

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Dromderalough NE Top: Odd-looking formations
Colin Murphy 5 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 5 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...

  
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Dromderalough NE Top: Long route from the south.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 5 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 ...

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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 6 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...

  
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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 6 days ago.
View back over route taken from Mullaghclogha to Mullaghdoo

  
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Knocksink Wood to Glencullen and Stepaside
jgfitz 6 days ago.
Knocksink Wood on the outskirts of Enniskerry is a lovely nature reserve. After an easy 2 km hiking, the remaining 2 km walk, Len: 14.3km, Climb: 578m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)


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