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BleckCra
2014-01-31 19:21:02
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Bag it and Bin it
Isn't the market a fickle place? It reacts as quickly as your finger in the fire - and all is fair.
Apologies to the South if you don't have the following hillwalking brands but trust me.
Today I exchanged old owls in the woods and the horny black toad for the big smoke - Belfast. No jokes about "smoke" now ....
Mission - to offload a backlog of very old gift vouchers.
My father was a golfer and crestfallen when he was given golf stuff as presents.
"What's the matter with people? If I wanted that, I would have bought it myself ..."
So all these gift vouchers are for hillwalking shops.
Into the city centre and ..........
Bathgate no more, Linwood no more, Methil no more ...... Tiso's no more, Milletts no more, Blacks no more, Surf Mountain no more. At least no more in Belfast.
Some, if not all of these, were at the very leading edge of Hillwalking and Mountaineering equipment.
A world without Graham Tiso's is a world without some outrageously dear kit but also one without the very best, money could buy.
And for today's hillwalker ... ish, what do we have? On the table d'hote menu in Belfast today Sir/Madam we have .... Trespass and Cotswolds.
I have no idea if their stuff is any good. I certainly don't own any of it because what I see is fashionwear for the mountains which is a whole different thing from mountainwear for the mountains.
In the beautiful art of high hillwalking, there has been a freefall dumbing down since I bagged my first Munro in 1990.
In the last few years the suffocation of that spirit has been staggering
I so mourn its passing.
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Carrauntoohil via the 'Back Ladder' from the Bridia Valley
peter1 less than an hour ago.
Park at a small turning place, just opposite The Stepping Stone / Cooky Monsters accommodation and cafe.The route fol... walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 1097m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (I

  
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Croghan Kinsella & Tops
Peter Walker 3 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.6km, Climb: 411m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)...

  
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Corrigasleggaun and Slieve Maan
Peter Walker 14 hours ago.
walk, Len: 17.8km, Climb: 541m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggaun,...

Summit Comment
Binn Bhriocáin: Long views of a stepped descent.
simon3 a day ago.
Letterbreckaun can be seen from Clare island, around 33km away. It appears between Mweelrea and the high ground towards the Sheefrys.

  
Summit Comment
Mweelrea: Coastal mountains
simon3 a day ago.
Ben Bury and Mweelrea form an impressive sight from Clare Island.

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

Track
High tour of Clare Island
simon3 2 days ago.
There are various ways of visiting Clare Island. We opted for a route that took us to the two main summits which also ... walk, Len: 15.0km, Climb: 622m, Area: Knocknaveen, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) K

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...

  
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Glencullin ridge to Ben Bury/Mweelrea
markwallace 3 days ago.
This route was suggested by the Grade 1 scramble up the Glencullin Ridge described in Alan Tees? Scrambles in Ulster ... walk, Len: 16.5km, Climb: 1097m, Area: Ben Bury, Mweelrea Mountains (Ireland)

Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: A worthwhile addition.
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
This summit is easily reached from the main Caherbarnagh ridge and seems easy enough to get to from Curracahill as well. If coming from Caherbarnagh, best is to cross the fence just before the col...

  
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Dart & Sawel
Peter Walker 5 days ago.
(Note: the time is bonkers, and the ascent isn't right either, but hey, at least the distance is correct. And it ende... walk, Len: 16.3km, Climb: 635m, Area: Dart Mountain, Sperrin Mountains (Irelan

  
Summit Comment
The Paps East: Two shapely hills.
TommyV a week ago.
There is a forestry road in the Clydagh Valley with parking at W12955 83343. Following this road will lead you out onto the open mountain. From here it's a steep pull up to spot height 562 metres ...


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