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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.
Eoin.
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La Gomera- Unfinished Business - GR132
GSheehy 4 hours ago.
Maybe the height gain above is correct. Maybe it just felt like one of the hardest things you?ve done. Maybe the cumul walk, Len: 56.3km, Climb: 3018m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
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Ben Dash: One of my earlier attempts
TommyV a day ago.
Ben Dash was one of my earlier attempts at hill bagging, back in the days when I had no gps and didn't believe I needed a map. I went through some bog that people had bagged turf on before I found...

  
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The Annapurna Circuit
Colin Murphy a day ago.
My daughter, Ciara, has just completed an 11-day trek around the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas. She's not a particularly experienced walker, so completing it was quite the achievement. Here's...

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Knockardakin: Bag it as part of the cliff walk
TommyV a day ago.
I technically haven't bagged the summit of this hill as it wasn't listed on MV when I did the Ciiffs of Moher walk, but it would be a very small detour to bag it. I was no more than 50 meters from...

  
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Pouy de Hourmigué
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 17.9km, Climb: 1379m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Clifden Hill: Didn't bag it
TommyV a day ago.
I drove as far as the point mentioned by Jamessheerin. Nice views over Lough Inchiquin, the drive trhough the trees only add about ten mentres of elevation and lots of briars so I got back in my c...

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Cloontohil: My nearest MV hill
TommyV a day ago.
This hill is only a few kilometers over the road from my home house. However without Mountain Views website you would scarcely know it's a hill as it is situated in an area of high ground anyway s...

  
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Knocknalarabana: A quick drive.
TommyV a day ago.
More of a drive than a hike. Well worth it for the views.

  
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The Laugavegur (Hot Springs) Trail, Iceland
mcrtchly a week ago.
Listed as one of the top twenty best treks in the world by National Geographic, the Laugavegur Trail (The Hot Spring Rou walk, Len: 56.6km, Climb: 1414m, Area: Iceland, South ()

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Devilsbit Mountain: Get a bit of the Devil in ya!
TommyV 2 weeks ago.
After a day of bagging some of the more unremarkable summits in North Tipperary, Devilsbit was a delight. There is designated parking at S06115 73178. Follow the waymarked path all the way to the ...

  
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Cooneen Hill: Very average
TommyV 2 weeks ago.
Nothing to add to simon3's directions. Like quite a few of the hills in North Tipperary, this one is through a Coilte forest track to begin with and then the tough push through some horrible groun...

  
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Drumnalifferny loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
Exploring Drumnalifferny as to bag the NE top. Fantastic views once the clouds lifted. I also spent some time to clim... walk, Len: 8.6km, Climb: 542m, Area: Drumnalifferny Mountain, Donegal NW (Irel


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