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CaptainVertigo
2014-03-02 13:23:56
"Walk Upon England
Picture: Walk Upon England's Mountains Green (Contract pics)

And did those feet in ancient time?
I wear the trappings of office lightly, knowing that all human constructs are but transient. Such minor powers as are vested in me by my peers in Cumann na mBhinnion (An Mhi), where I have been Runai Contae for several decades, are exercised economically, efficiently and without hubris. If you are looking for tickets to the the WAI/MV annual gathering, I may be able to help you. If you're looking for ego, try somewhere else.
There has been a thread of controversy running through our internal debate for several months which has got under my skin. I have always promoted the notion that mountains transcend national borders, that they exist for human beings, not for citizens or subjects. In that context, I wholeheartedly embraced the extension of the MV Lists to the other island. As a consequence I have been on the receiving end of a campaign of abuse, dressed up as jibing and good humored banter, but it is ill disguised malice. This morning I came down from Tara, tired hungry and soaked to the skin, to find an extract from William Blake's "And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time" plastered onto to my windscreen like a large parking ticket:

"And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon England's mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England's pleasant pastures seen!

And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?"
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ0oCmDXrVk)

"No" is the answer, "No, I have not once tread a contour on Saxon soil." I turned on the car stereo, and drove off at high speed to the strains of Dochas Linn Naomh Padraig followed by shouts of "Hypocrite" from behind the hedge...

"Sléibhte, gleannta máighe,
's bailte mór na hÉireann,
Ghlan sé iad go deo dúinn,
míle glóir dár naomh dhil.
Iarrmaid ort, a Phádraig,
guí orainne Gaela,
Dia linn lá 'gus oíche
's Pádraig Aspal Éireann."

Yes, I am a complex modern Irish Binnioneer. Tolerant to a fault. Sophisticated but in an understated way. Urbanely accepting all undulations wherever they may be. But scratch a savage and you will find the love of a native shore.
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Bibliography
Ireland's Adventure Bucket List, Great Outdoor Experiences by Helen Fairbairn
aidand an hour ago.
This is an inspiring book. It is a great introduction to the wide range of outdoor activities we have on our door step. We tend to stick to our own sports be that hill walking, rock climbing, cano...

  
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Slievecoiltia: Access Closed During Drought
TommyMc 11 hours ago.
The road up Slievecoiltia, from the entrance opposite the JFK arboretum, is currently closed owing to the risk of fire arising from the current dry spell in the South East. Expect this to continue...

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Elva: Fantastic scenery
Damian120 3 days ago.
A stunning walk going up over Slieve Elva that you can begin and end end at Fanore Beach. Some great locations along the Caher River to stop and relax and watch the water gently flowing downstream...

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Suilven
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
I first read about Suilven when I was about 11. It was in some British geographical gazetteer, a stern washed-out pict... walk, Len: 24.0km, Climb: 1029m, Area: Lochinver to Ullapool (Britain) Suilve

  
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Knockannavea: Nice views to be had
csd 4 days ago.
While not very challenging, recent felling means the views along the way and from the summit are pleasant enough. A nice spot for a lunchtime walk.

  
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Beinn Ghobhlach
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
Beinn Ghobhlach by evening lightWhen you're told that you can do a walk in the morning if you're quick because your o... walk, Len: 10.9km, Climb: 739m, Area: Beinn Ghobhlach, Loch Maree to Loch Broo

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Maumtrasna Plateau via Dirkbeg and Buckaun Spurs
Onzy 4 days ago.
Route to the Mauntrasna plateau using the Dirkbeg spur for ascent and the Buckaun for descent. walk, Len: 10.8km, Climb: 535m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce C...

  
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Knocknabro East Top: Drought made difficult ground trek possible
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat 6 days ago.
Knocknabro East Top is best climbed as part of a good loop walk, taking in the West and North-East tops of Knocknabro. This summit is best reached firstly via Knocknabro West Top and then onto the...

  
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Picos de Europa
peter1 5 days ago.
I can say with certainty three things: the ascent was not 3266m, given the peak is only 2503m; secondly, I will be back walk, Len: 13.9km, Climb: 3266m, Area: Spain, Cantabria ()

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Lough Ouler From Tonlagee
tomlug48 4 days ago.
A beautiful July day on the summit of Tonlagee. Gazing down at the beautiful heart shaped Lough Oular.Tom Barragry & the Lugs .

  
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Sail Mhor
Peter Walker a week ago.
After a week of blazing sunshine in the Peak District overwhelmingly spent swimming in the pool, lazing by the pool a... walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 833m, Area: Sail Mhor, Loch Maree to Loch Broom (Bri

  
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Knocknabro North-East Top: NE Top Revealed
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat 6 days ago.
This summit is best reached via Knocknabro West Top. Park at laneway to old farmhouse now in ruin at W15905 83498. Room for 1-2 cars to park. Climb gate at entrance and follow post and wire fence ...


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