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BleckCra
2013-07-08 16:38:23
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SOUTH NORTH
Conversion. T.S. Eliot to Catholicism, Cat Stevens to Islam, Ireland to the Euro..... Should it all be treated with suspicion?
The weather was so splendid yesterday, yer Mother in Law would have looked good in it. So, was my epiphany, my revelation, my conversion to the mindblowingly beautiful Southern Mournes clouded (sic) by meteorology?
I know a man who grew up at the foot of the lovely Galloway Hills in South West Scotland - and had to be a stranger for 15 years before he ventured into them for the first time. The same man is 18 years in Ireland with an intimate knowledge of the High Eastern Mournes, competent in the Western Mournes, a working knowledge of the Galtees, a handle on the Reeks, etc etc ........... and a complete innocent among the Southern Mournes - 30 minutes from his own doorstep.
The very characteristic that drove the Celts of these islands to rule the world - "adventure" - is the very one that has us turn up our noses at the marvels on our own doorstep.
So when I commend the Southern Mournes to every mountainviewer, I do it a bit shamefacedly - but I commend them nonetheless.
My first solo venture into them - not big, not clever, not challenging - but that is not what they are about. What they are about is scenery "from", that is so big it just won't fit inside your head. Don't go there if you get agoraphobia.
My route was Kilbroney (out of Rostrevor) - direct ascent to Cloghmore - Slievemeen - Slieve Martin - traverse Knockshee - return summit of Knockshee to Slieve Martin - main track back to Kilbroney.
Absolutely go and do it now.


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Tomies Mountain: Light on Tomies and Purple
davsheen 4 days ago.
Tomies and Purple in the Light from Muckross

  
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An Cnoc Fada: The majesty of the Poisoned Glen in the snow
mcrtchly 3 days ago.
A snowy day gives a different perspective on the Poisoned Glen and Crockfadda. This photo was taken with a 500mm lens at a distance of 1.5km from the Scared Heart Church and 8km from the the Poiso...

  
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Derrygarriff: Free as a bird
Colin Murphy a week ago.
We were lucky to see a white tailed eagle gliding gracefully over Eirk Lough before before coming to rest on a rock, which provided the opportunity to capture a pic of the rarely seen bird of prey...

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The Beara-Breifne Way Day7
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
On Sunday, we were not attacked by the MacCarthys of Drishane Castle but started our walk on the O?Keefe Booning Castl walk, Len: 27.7km, Climb: 362m, Area: Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland)

  
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Foardal: Beyond a shadow of a doubt
Colin Murphy a week ago.
The French writer Maupassant used to say he had lunch in the Eiffel Tower every day because it was the only place in Paris that he couldn't see the thing. A similar view might be taken of Foardal,...

  
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day 6
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
Thanks to all for making the weekends on the Beara-Breifne Way so special. We have completed 187Km in 7 Day?s walking walk, Len: 30.3km, Climb: 781m, Area: Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland)

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Foardal: Simple approach from NW
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
If you want to do this in isolation, the simplest route is from the car park at V882790, and then heading SE directly up the heathery slope for 1km. The summit itself is a broad heathery mound.

  
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Hillocks
BleckCra a week ago.
Simon. Himself is the well known to some, Bernard Hill. Less well known of course are hills to do with ants, except to some. Keep er lit though. At least some sort of discussion and of course only...

  
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Derrygarriff: Fine summit, easily reached.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
There are access issues around Moll's Gap, so suggest starting at car park at V882790 and proceeding up the heathery slopes to Foardal - about 1km to the SE, before walking the 1.5km to the SW to ...

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The Beara-Breifne Way Day5
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
Day 5 we set out for Ballyvourney where some of us put our cupla focail to good use. Along this trail we came across man walk, Len: 23.4km, Climb: 483m, Area: Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland)

  
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Enjoy your trip
BleckCra a week ago.
The first flurry of snow here in Armagh. A biting wind. Antenna whiskers taste the chill air and the prospect of picture postcard winter days. In no time at all, the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue will...

  
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More midges.
simon3 a week ago.
Also, try Knocknagorraveela, hill of the midges. https://mountainviews.ie/summit/441/Though I don't remember too many of them when I was there one winter. Though there were a lot of rushes so perh...


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