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Go for it Capters .. by BleckCra   (Show all posts)
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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Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 20 hours ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 a day ago.
View from the west.

Track
Circuit of Dirkbeg Lough - easier ascent
simon3 2 days ago.
The purpose of this walk is to reach the Maumtrasna plateau and Maumtrasna NE top (MNET). The lattter is quite possib... walk, Len: 11.6km, Climb: 564m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce

  
Track
Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 663m, Area: Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
Track
Benwee Coastal Walk
simon3 2 days ago.
The walk starts at a small carpark and Wild Atlantic Way sign just west of Benwee. In fact some of the local rock has ... walk, Len: 8.1km, Climb: 245m, Area: An Bhinn Bhu?, North Mayo (Ireland) An B

Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 a day ago.
View from the east.

  
Forum: General
Riddle of the Spinc
BleckCra 3 days ago.
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hour...

  
Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 a day ago.
Picture from the west.

Summit Summary
Kid Island: Steepwalled island.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
Kid Island is very visible from Benwee Head.

  
Track
Lenadoon Coastal Walk
simon3 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 8m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Buckaun East: Cliffy north edge.
simon3 a day ago.
This is a picture of Buckaun East taken from the valley below.. Obviously the safest way to go up and down this is to the left or south of the ridge.


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