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CaptainVertigo
2014-04-12 14:32:52
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One Man's Pass
One Man's Pass is another man's obstacle. Said with a soft Donegal accent it might be "One Man's Pass is another's urination." I have just looked at Malcolm Haire's YouTube Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTSTfGdl890 as recommended by Peter Walker. The horror! I have been saving up Slieve League for a pet day to savour the whole experience at a gentle pace. Based on the YouTube movie I'll be getting there some other way. I think you better have a look at this Haire classic.
For many years I had believed the soothing words of Robin Wallace of CelticVideo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mB-Wm73bOM) : "Any book or website you read describing the walk along Slieve League will include a warning about the One Man's Pass. Before setting out on this walk I was seriously worried for my safety knowing that, to get to the summit, I would have to cross this Pass. As I reached it I stopped to study it for a while. It was more than a metre wide with a level path on top. The drops on either side -although they are steep - they're not vertical so off I went. The wind was blowing quire strongly but I never really felt in any danger of falling, so I suppose that the Legend of the One man's Pass was one of those bits of excitement added to the story. So when a hillwalker returns home after a day spent on Slieve League, they can tell how they bravely crossed the One Man's Pass and almost didn't make it"
I wonder which version is true? Watch both YouTube videos and make up your own mind.
Meanwhile our own Short Summary says: "The path from the upper car park leads along the top of the cliffs to Cnoc Ramhar. On the next section of the route there is a sharp 100m long rock arÍte at G5565 77553. Some writers have called this arete the One Man's Path. The arÍte can be climbed but should be treated with caution in wind or wet conditions. A rope would be advisable for the inexperienced as there is 450m drop on the left. Alternatively there is a by-pass along a path to the right. The final section of the route leads via a large plateau and then to a narrow section (known as One Man's Pass) to the summit of Slieve League."
Please tell me: what should I do with the rope? Buy those little mountain nails you see on TV and drive them into the gaps in the rock, and tie the rope to them? What?
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
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