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CaptainVertigo
2014-03-29 08:47:04
Awake
I have no doubt that I could engineer some kind of faux controversy with simon3 on the distinction between summiteering and bagging. But it would be an entirely spurious exercise because I essentially agree with him. Of course, the better experience is to be fully present and conscious on the hills, to savour every aspect of them, for the time there to be "quality time". It seems almost disrespectful to treat any part of the great Earth as some beached Gulliver to be criss crossed with tiny lines until tied down, as if we were so many little power companies. Perhaps it is even more disrespectful to ourselves, as human beings, to restrain our apparently unique capacity to sense, and reflect, in pursuit of some predetermined little plan.
A child's afternoon in the corner of a summer garden may bring more presence to and engagement with the planet then a lifetime of exploration. Our brief dance on the land before we return to it is so full of possibility that every unconscious wasted day is a tragedy.
Imbued with a sense of foreboding that I will one day regret so many wasted days of half existence before the television or in the office, I have set myself certain tasks, as a discipline, much as a monk adheres to the incongruous rules of St. Benedict. I may appear to be buzzing about like a blue bummed fly but, like the monk, I proceed with awe and reverence, except that, in my case, I go forth with a deep sense of puzzlement about how we got here, why we are here at all, and where we are going.
It matters little how we organise our journey, as long as we remain awake during it.
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THE POWER OF WORDS
Pepe 9 hours ago.
There I was scratching around on Slieve Binnian. Up top, I bumped into a couple out hillwalking for the day. Pleasantries were exchanged – which way did you come up, fabulous views, the weather – ...

  
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Slieve Binnian: Mind how you go on a route Not Recommended
Pepe 14 hours ago.
Climbed this yesterday on the route leading from Brackenagh Bridge. Chose this route because I wanted to do Moolieve and the Wee Binnian on the way up. On a plus note a local farmer kindly let me ...

  
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Buckaun - Binnaw circuit.
simon3 15 hours ago.
Hydro scheme at Lough Nadirkmore.The walk starts from a point high in an east facing coum of Maumtrasna. This road goes walk, Len: 5.8km, Climb: 368m, Area: Partry/Joyce Country (Ireland)

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An Bhinn Bhuí: A spectacular landscape
Damian120 15 hours ago.
It's a seldom-visited area of County Mayo yet it boasts some of the most impressive coastal architecture in the entire country. After spending five years covering and exploring the landscape of th...

  
Track
Croghan Kinsella
jgfitz a day ago.
This is a variation on track #3938, so I will avoid repeating the comments made there, with which I fully agree. This... walk, Len: 11.4km, Climb: 412m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Irelan

  
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Knocknalougha South Top
Onzy a day ago.
Route to Knocknalougha South Top from Crow Hill carpark ... as outlined by melohara on the Hill Page... walk, Len: 11.7km, Climb: 430m, Area: Knocknalougha South Top, Knockmealdown Mo...

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Big Collin: Permission required?
StephenMullin a week ago.
Hi thereCan anybody tell me if permission is required to walk up Big Collin? If so, how does one go about obtaining this?Many thanks!

  
Track
12 (Listed) Bens - Revisited
GSheehy 3 days ago.
I was drawn back by the lure of completing the 2002 - 12 Bens Challenge route. I got the details from John J. Cotter w... walk, Len: 29.1km, Climb: 2598m, Area: Benglenisky, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Ben

  
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Anglesey Mountain: Great Carlingford views from a so-so top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
There is enough space to park one car at 100 167, just on the edge of a wood around a sharp u-bend. Proceed north for 100m before turning NE up a gentle slope, although the terrain is treacherous ...

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Re: Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
Hi daithi07The 'what's left to do in Ireland' article currently lives largely in my head rather than anywhere more tangible. It will see the light of day at some point in the next few months. I am...

  
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Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Paou to Chorto return
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 8.3km, Climb: 237m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

  
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Pigeon Rock Mountain South Top: Nondescript summit for baggers only
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
Usually done in conjunction with Pigeon Rock itself, but can be done in isolation if you want. Car park can be found at 234 278 A. Take the track directly across the road that follows the Rocky Ri...


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