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BleckCra
2013-06-04 00:05:08
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GOOD BAD UGLY
Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival last weekend.
Good - because it was the Galtees which when in the unlikely event of being dry, are wonderful and in the even more unlikely event of not being perishing are even more wonderful. Which they were.
Bad - because at 20 euro, the registration fee was outrageous if not just plain arrogant. The 2 best hillwalking festivals in Ireland, in the face of the enormous effort by the Wee Binnians Club in the North and the rated (overrated) Ballyhouras event, are Nenagh and Upperchurch who charge 10 euros for some of the best days in the least likely hills amongst us; fabulous hospitality, endless food and the manners to spend time with their charges.
So with Aherlow what did we get for our extra 10 euro, our twice the price? Answer: Nothing or not even that.
Saturday A walk, At Registration and welcome? Not a word. Tea and buns - thanks - that'll be 2 euro. Do this, do that, do the next thing.
..... a walk that presented itself as someone off for a hike with other people following him.
This dour event kicked off from some sterile community centre to which it returned to miserable put-upon faces and so-what baps and sausages - this in the context of the above prime events force-feeding you stew, soup and endless bonhomie - in or beside a pub.
Why would you bother?
Oh yes, and Ugly - other than some splendid exceptions, my companions and myself who are spectacularly good-looking, ugly seemed to be yer ticket in.

There is not one of us in the hillwalking community stuck for twenty quid. That is our profile. I doubt if any of us would complain about stumping it up for twenty quid's worth,
The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival wasn't.


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Omey Island
Onzy 2 hours ago.
A circuit of Omey ... cut short by my fear that may car wouldn't make it back across the sound... walk, Len: 5.6km, Climb: 60m, Area: Galway Islands (Ireland)

  
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Short Loop north of Omey
Onzy 2 hours ago.
walk, Len: 2.1km, Climb: 33m, Area: Galway Coast (Ireland)

  
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Coastal Walk noth of Cleggan
Onzy 2 hours ago.
A spectacular walk circling the peninsula immediately north of Cleggan ... a detour to Olivers for lunch and a fast coun walk, Len: 22.5km, Climb: 386m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

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Scarr: A walk in the clouds.
TommyV a day ago.
This route starts on an old forest road at Oldbridge, there is room for parking 5 or 6 cars near the top at O15162 01916. From here follow the road West until you reach a gate at O14832 01892. Go ...

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Glenealo Valley and Miners Village
sev 2 days ago.
Glenealo Valley and Miners Village - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Glendalough Upper Lake
sev 2 days ago.
Glendalough Upper Lake and the valley - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

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Seefin: "Megalithic Fallout Shelter"
sev 2 days ago.
Wicklow Mountains - Megalithic tomb on Seefin Mt.http://youtu.be/u--BKEqB-JM

  
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Skregmore: Incidental summit in the Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 days ago.
Much climbed but little remembered, Skregmore is a victim of its location. One of the highest summits in Ireland but adjacent to still higher tops, impressively rocky but still far less dramatic t...

  
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Near Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland)
Gus 5 days ago.
Tough ascent from the carpark, but once on the ridge is reasonably easy with an identifiable track. On the return kee... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 413m, Area: Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullio

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Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 4 days ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

  
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Wicklow: Cullentragh Mountain
Onzy a week ago.
Easiest route to an hill that is really just a point on the way to Mullacor and beyond ... run, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 185m, Area: Cullentragh Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Irela...

  
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Tievnabinnia: Bulky Sheeffrys summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 5 days ago.
Tievnabinnia is the easternmost of the higher Sheeffry Hills, a distinctly bulky eminence where gently grassy upper slopes contrast with a series of steep corries to both north and south of its ge...


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