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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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Forum: General
MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET SEPTEMBER 2018
liz50 20 hours ago.
Traverse of Brandon Ridge is scheduled for Saturday 8th September. The walk from the Connor Pass to Brandon Creek is around 18km with 1300m ascent taking around 7 hours. There is a slightly shorte...

  
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Burrane Upper
conormcbandon a day ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 43m, Area: Burrane Upper, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland)...

  
Summit Comment
Knockakishaun: Bunowen River can present problems
markwallace a day ago.
Parked at a layby further up the valley from the crossing point mentioned in James Sheerin's comment to do a circuit of Laghta Eighter and Knockakishaun. Access to Laghta Eighter was easy from hig...

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Kilmore
conormcbandon a day ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 26m, Area: Kilmore, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland) Kilmo...

  
Summit Comment
Crocknafarragh: The High Route around Glentornan Lough
jsramsey1491 2 days ago.
Last Thursday (16/08/2018) a few friends and I decided to do a recce of a walk around Glentornan Lough. We started close to the Gaelic pitch on the southwestern shore of Lough Nacung Upper, passed...

  
Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 3 days ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

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Oileán an Bhromaigh
conormcbandon a day ago.
walk, Len: 1.1km, Climb: 21m, Area: Oile?n an Bhromaigh, Galway Islands (Irelan...

  
Summit Comment
Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 3 days ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

  
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Cnoc Mordain
conormcbandon a day ago.
walk, Len: 10.0km, Climb: 457m, Area: Cnoc Mord?in, South Connemara (Ireland) C...

Summit Comment
Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 3 days ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

  
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Barraderry
conormcbandon a day ago.
walk, Len: 1.2km, Climb: 40m, Area: Barraderry, Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland) B...

  
Summit Comment
Knockafeehane: Easily Accessible and not overly demanding
Bunsen7 3 days ago.
There is a waymarked trail to the summit which loops over the ridge leading west from this hill. See track 3881.The quickest route to the top would see you park in Annascaul village and walk up th...


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