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CaptainVertigo
2014-12-29 09:29:53
"The Triumphal Procession" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
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Congratulations!
Heartiest congratulations to Simon Byrne on his great achievement.
I had hoped to be there personally but the moment clashed with the annual gathering of my clan in Athlone so I missed the great event. It is like NOT having been in the GPO in 1916. Simon hasn't just demolished most of the Lists in one year: along the way he has set down some truly remarkable routes, as we can see from the Tracks he uploaded. Reaching his goal is a testament not just to his physical stamina but also to his mental toughness. There MUST have been times when he asked himself "Am I mad to be doing this?" (truth to tell I ask myself most days when I have parked the car and am about to put on my boots!). But he kept going. His achievement singles him out as one of the most employable people in the country - focused, committed, relentless, clever (look at the routes) and very likely to successfully complete any project he takes on.
One aspect of the journey that I can't comprehend is how Simon managed to avoid injury over a twelve month period. And I don't necessarily mean dramatic injuries of the "falling off " variety: I'm thinking sprains, pulled muscles and ligaments, sore back , wonky knees and the like. These are the kinds of injuries that tend to persist unless the patient rests, and there is really no evidence that Simon ever rested.
Well done Simon! Your success will travel with you to the end of your days. Thank you for sharing the adventure with us.
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Summit Comment
Knockbwee: Summit Revealed
CaminoPat 2 hours ago.
From the south, parking available for only one car at W124 775. Proceed uphill from junction with local road in a NNW direction along a rough stone covered road until you come to a six bar field g...

  
Track
Slieveboy Loop
jgfitz 7 hours ago.
We followed the official National Loop Walk, Loop 106C, which is the purple trail. We took one small shortcut, but add... walk, Len: 14.1km, Climb: 424m, Area: Slieveboy, North Wexford (Ireland) Slie

  
Summit Summary
Crocknafarragh SE Top: Climb it, but include one or more "cousins"
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day 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 ...

Track
Croughan ridge by going around Lough Acorrymore
simon3 18 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

  
Summit Comment
Baurtregaum Far NE Top: Great views from a so-so mountain
Colin Murphy a day 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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eamonoc
eamonoc 2 days ago.
A lot of walking done and so much more to do, thank you Mountainviews for the inspiration

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

  
Summit Comment
Bunnacunneen South Top: Simple bag from nearby tops
Colin Murphy a day 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...

  
Track
molls gap loop walk
strangeweaver 4 days ago.
From the car park at molls gap follow the narrow country lane down to the pass between to stumpa duloigh and Knocklome... walk, Len: 17.6km, Climb: 985m, Area: Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland) Knocklome

Summit Summary
Bunnacunneen SE Top: Handy track
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day ago.
Although there was a sign on the track at L973 570 forbidding trespassers, the farmer in the nearby farmhouse had no problem with us using the track, which curved up the hillside almost to the sum...

  
Track
Simple ascent of Minaun.
simon3 5 days ago.
An easy way up starting from the carpark. walk, Len: 3.6km, Climb: 121m, Area: Minaun, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Minaun

  
Summit Summary
Caherbarnagh East Top: A Hidden Gem Discovered
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 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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