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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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Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 3 hours ago.
This is a relatively easy way to reach the Croughan ridgeline and get a taste for the magnificent all-round views. Ir... walk, Len: 7.8km, Climb: 595m, Area: Croaghaun SW Top, Achill/Corraun (Ireland

  
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Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 13 hours ago.
The way to Crocknafarragh SE Top can follow the full route up to Crocknafarragh with an additional 700m walk out to the lesser top or, part of the way up, by contouring up and around the S flanks ...

  
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eamonoc
eamonoc a day ago.
A lot of walking done and so much more to do, thank you Mountainviews for the inspiration

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Baurtregaum Far NE Top: Great views from a so-so mountain
Colin Murphy 23 hours ago.
The view over Tralee Bay at low tide from Baurtregaum Far NE Top had the appearance of the Amazon River delta!

  
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Scouting the start of the Galty Challenge.
jackill 19 hours ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 623m, Area: Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains (Irel...

  
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Bunnacunneen South Top: Simple bag from nearby tops
Colin Murphy 23 hours ago.
For approach see entry for Bunnacunneen SE Top. From that grassy summit it is just over 1km across a gently rising slope to the NW and the South Top's equally grassy summit, which has marvellous p...

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molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver 3 days ago.
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Bunnacunneen SE Top: Handy track
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 23 hours ago.
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Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 4 days ago.
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Caherbarnagh East Top: A Hidden Gem Discovered
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Park off road next to gate at the saddle between Claragh Mountain and Curracahill W23626 87990. There's room for 3-4 cars to park safely. Climb gate and follow rough stone track keeping forest to ...

  
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Puglia: Circuit south of Otranto
Onzy 5 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.1km, Climb: 215m, Area: Italy, Apulia ()

  
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Corraun Hill: Views! what views?
Harry Goodman 3 days ago.
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