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Hills. When I started, I was young. I bagged Munros, scaled crags, ran screes, denied Death ... saw God and heard wolves.
When I was young. Now I am old.

The last 10 years has seen a hatch, an infestation of walking clubs, rambling clubs, strolling clubs. No Munros, no crags, no screes, fair weather and safe in the middle pack.

When I started, I was young. When they started, they were old.
So now we are both old - alors - but I don't have to like it.

I do not like reminiscing with them about that lovely day we had on Keeper Hill or the fkn bluebells in Tullybrannigan wood.
I'd rather be recalling how Kenny had to be lifted off the Aonach Eagach or when Roisin got caught in that rockfall or how Alan and I ran up and off Tinto in 45 minutes which was long before the bleeding knee brigade was born.

But the most disappointing thing, something 'way beyond my own indignation, is there are no colts and fillies like Kenny or Roisin or Alan on the hill today. Not the real thing.

So when I saw them float in from beneath Thomas's, like ghosts, I swear I saw halos. Eyes like foxes'. Limbs elastic. Not a sag in the stretch pants and not one grey hair. Ascending that miserable bog like they were in a space ship.

I suppose more than 20 of them and every one travelling at a pace that startled me.

"Come up through the falls?" he asked me. Not a new-club-old-man question.
6 words and straight into talk of the Mournes Seven Sevens. "Any of you do it this year?" I asked.
Eight. Bldy eight of them! One of them liked it so much he just did it again a few days later.

This is the Northern Ireland Young Walkers Club. You can get them on the interweb. They are the real thing and I am so pleased to have met them, seen them in action and most importantly to know they are there.

I pulled away from them, not on some flea infested tourist trail but above the Black Stairs crag which is a comfortable distance from pipes, slippers and cardigans.
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Mangerton North Top: On the way to Mangerton
MountainHunter a day ago.
I started at Point A car park and followed the path. At about 520m (-9.4817 51.9882) the path swings westward, as you walk along the path, the coum for the Devil's Punchbowl comes into view. After...

  
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Slieve Bawn: No longer a drive-up
TommyMc a day ago.
A series of new road barriers means that it's no longer possible to drive further than the car park on the Strokestown side. A very pleasant walk uphill from the car park to the summit and back to...

  
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Knockalongy South-West Top: Choose your highest point
madfrankie a day ago.
Whichever turfy outcrop is the highest point now may not be in 10 years time.

Summit Comment
Knockalongy South-West Top: Beware of the barrier
madfrankie a day ago.
We followed sandman's route to the summit which is probably the best way to explore Knockalongy and its satellites. Gentle gradients but many eroded peat hags. Worth noting that the forest barrier...

  
Track
Carrauntoohil via the 'Back Ladder' from the Bridia Valley
peter1 3 days ago.
Park at a small turning place, just opposite The Stepping Stone / Cooky Monsters accommodation and cafe.The route fol... walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 1097m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (I

  
Summit Comment
Binn Bhriocáin: Long views of a stepped descent.
simon3 4 days ago.
Letterbreckaun can be seen from Clare island, around 33km away. It appears between Mweelrea and the high ground towards the Sheefrys.

Track
Kate's to John's - Na Sléibhte Club Walk
GSheehy 2 days ago.
When we set up the club we said it was all about the economics of supply and demand - if we supplied challenging walk... walk, Len: 24.9km, Climb: 2015m, Area: Tomies North Top, Purple Mountain (Irel

  
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Mweelrea: Coastal mountains
simon3 4 days ago.
Ben Bury and Mweelrea form an impressive sight from Clare Island.

  
Track
Croghan Kinsella & Tops
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 9.6km, Climb: 411m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)...

Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot a week ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

  
Track
Corrigasleggaun and Slieve Maan
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 17.8km, Climb: 541m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggaun,...

  
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot a week ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...


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