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CaptainVertigo
2014-03-31 20:40:36
Necessity
As a boy, on November afternoons, when I tired of watching raindrops sliding into one another on the school window, I used to calculate what age I would be on the 1st of January 2000. The answer was 40, a sum so large as to be meaningless. Given that a November day at school was essentially infinite, how could I comprehend the many thousands of such days that would be required to bring me to 40?
Of course, the earth began to turn a little faster with each passing year, until, like the untethered astronaut, I floated beyond the known universe, and was thrown up on the strange shores of the Third Millennium, a place where time is hurtling towards a dead stop.
Sometime in 2005 I realised that a Svengali had published "the List" and I took my vows (but not without a little resistance -See... http://mountainviews.ie/motleyviews/general/comment/109/ .) Being neither a celibate nor an immaculate conception I had commitments to both forebears and afterbears: this prevented me from walking as often as I would have liked. A couple of years ago, my youngest son asked me how many mountains were there on The List. Then he asked me how many I generally climbed per year. He frowned, but not for long because he is good at sums, and said: "But Daddy, you'll be dead". By which he meant that I was unlikely to live to see the last mountain on the List.
So let me spell this out as plainly as I can. I have to fight to get out on the hills occasionally. Until I fell among you lot it had never occurred to me that there might be a reason to get ALL the high hills of Ireland under my hat. But I'm one of you now. Bitten by vampires. And my destiny is to struggle on as a Walking Undead. Please don't tell me that I am breaching your Code of Honour because I try to pack as many hits as possible into the short time I have left. I have no other option. That is why I am wedded to the notion that the best day out is the one where I have cunningly calculated the maximum number of hills possible in the time allowable and given the frailty of my finite carcass.
(May I add that I greatly appreciate the kind words of Simon3, Conor74, Geo, Aidy and Bleck Cra, the latter being the very first man I would call upon if manure needed urgent stirring)
PS simoburn has just logged a stunning track (2454) that will raise new levels of concern that the roses are not being smelled: Length:37.9km, Time: 10h31m, Ascent: 2565m, Descent: 2436m
Places: Shanlieve, Eagle Mountain, Slievemoughanmore, Pigeon Rock Mountain, Cock Mountain, Slievenamiskan, Butter Mountain, Ott Mountain, Slieve Loughshannagh, Doan, Ben Crom, Slieve Binnian North Tor, Slieve Binnian North Top, Slieve Binnian, Slieve Binnian East Top, Wee Binnian. Please tell me that he's twenty.


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Really getting away from it all!
peter1 13 hours ago.
This group of mountains is probably best approached from Dalwhinnie. Parking is available at the petrol station and th... walk, Len: 18.7km, Climb: 926m, Area: Loch Treig to Loch Ericht (Britain) Bei

  
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4 Munros in 2 days, part 1
peter1 13 hours ago.
I went back to Scotland to climb more Munros after an absence of nearly 15 years. This group of 4 can be done in a da... walk, Len: 11.2km, Climb: 1126m, Area: An Socach, Killilan to Inverness (Brita

  
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4 Munros in 2 days, part 2
peter1 14 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.8km, Climb: 480m, Area: Sgurr na Lapaich, Killilan to Inverness (B...

Summit Summary
Bencorrbeg: Shapely outlier, serious scrambling.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 days ago.
Bencorbeg dominates views from the mouth of the Gleninagh Valley. Although only 577m, the full extent of this height is seen when the mountain is viewed from north or east, as the mountain plunges...

  
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Binn Charrach: NE finger from the Twelve Bens offers a way in.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 days ago.
Knockpasheemore (Binn Charrach) is a small summit at the end of a 2km ridge heading NE from the lower scree slopes of Benbaun, and makes a worthwhile climb either in its own right, or as a diversi...

  
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Cadamstown to Kinnitty - Slieve Blooms
jgfitz 2 days ago.
We commenced the hike along the way-marked Silver River eco-walk. The well-illustrated information boards along the gorg walk, Len: 13.3km, Climb: 341m, Area: Slieve Bloom (Ireland)

Summit Comment
Inis Leacan: Island south of Roundstone.
simon3 a week ago.
Inishlacken is a small island south of Roundstone. Here it is viewed from Inishnee.

  
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Oileán an Chlaí: Island in Bertraghboy Bay
simon3 a week ago.
Oghly Island is around 250m from the driveable Inishnee island.

  
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The Heights of Malta
madfrankie a week ago.
When you're considering hiking trips abroad, Malta is not likely to be high on anyone's list. It's small and the human f walk, Len: 8.4km, Climb: 40m, Area: Malta, Dingli ()

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Lettershinna Hill: Grass top, distant heights.
simon3 a week ago.
As paddyhillsbagger found, the Bens form a backdrop to the top of Lettershinna. This picture was taken during a generally mist covered period one May day.

  
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Benbulbin: donieg on the summit, 2008
donieg 4 days ago.
Thursday 29.05.2008 a beautifull sunny day I decided to take on the three peaks challenge of Benbulbin followed by Benwiskin and finally Slievemore. I found 'eflanaga' comment of 15.03.06 helpfull...

  
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Benglenisky: Southern Bens easiest way up.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a week ago.
Driving towards Clifden along the N59, go 2km past the Benlettery Hostel and take the minor road on the right. I.5km along this, at point L750 499, there is a large space for parking on the right,...


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