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2017-09-26 21:22:24
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Today I put an old gentleman's socks on. I brushed his teeth, washed his face, combed his hair .... and I watched him in the mirror.
When I was twenty I thought it would trouble me; when I was thirty, forty; when I was fifty; and now ....? It turns out it's not that troubling.
I am troubled though that my chests have set sail for my navel. I am troubled that the skin on my arms feels like rice paper. I am troubled that I need a brown pair of specs to read and a blue pair to see the telly. I am troubled that I ask people to repeat themselves. I am troubled that my left knee sometimes goes up like a balloon - for no reason.
The desperate gravity drop off Ben Crom, Craig Meagaidh and the Aonach Eagach. The gossamer flight of bog cotton on the Annalong Buttress or behind White Coomb. The razor slice of winter sun off Carlingford, Doan, the silver Solway. The blistering howl and roar of needle hail on Slieve Commedagh and Meall nan Tarmachan. The bastard Rocky Mountain that got me eventually with a 4' rock hole and made me lame.
And I would do it again and again and again and again ....
An ingenue once asked me which part of hillwalking I liked the best.
"Going home" I said and I still wonder if she thought I meant "well thank fk that's over."
But I don't. I mean the bit when we start going home; the bracken and the brown hill cattle; the patchwork fields below, the smell of trees and a stream - and coming away from the best, the very best show on earth.


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Short walk even shorter! Killeagh Hill views & ring fort.
simoburn 12 hours ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 20m, Area: Killeagh, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Killeagh

  
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Belmore Mountain: A standing stone gathers all moss.
TommyV a week ago.
As mentioned by Harry Goodman, it's possible to drive along Belmore forest for almost two kilometers as far as a black forestry gate. There is also a standard gate here on the right giving access ...

  
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Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc 6 days ago.
Since a big gorse fire in 2016, this hill is once more easily accessible to casual walkers and has been widely visited this summer. An easy approach is possible by taking the L6636 minor road off ...

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Brougher Mountain: A quick bag.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing much to add to the comments already. Drove most of the way up from the North side of the hill to within 450 metres of the trig point. Nothing to recommend to anybody who is looking to get ...

  
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Croghan Hill: Broken Trig Pillar to be replaced
TommyMc a week ago.
The recent damage to the Croghan Hill trig pillar is covered in an article in this week's Offaly Independent. The good news is that Offaly County Council plans to replace the damaged pillar to its...

  
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Slievereagh: To drive or not to drive?
TommyV a week ago.
Geo's directions are spot on. At the aforementioned Coilte forest entrance there is a sign staing no unauthorized vehicles beyond this point as the gate may close at any point. However as the Lazy...

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Mullacor
JoHeaney 12 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.1km, Climb: 537m, Area: Mullacor, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Mullaco...

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Two summits one hike.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing to add to the directions provided by melohara. Just to mention two things, the parking place was littered with close to a hundred empty beer cans, it looks like there was a party there or ...

  
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Knockastia: Behind quarry
Fergalh 3 days ago.
At Moate take road to the pretty village of Rosemount. Drive through village and turn left around west side of mountain. At quarry there is a sign for site of old church (N2401043352) proceed up t...

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Knocknaskagh: The fast and the furious.
TommyV a week ago.
Knocknaskagh is a fairly prominent hill in North Cork. It's possible to access via a Coilte forest entrance on the South East side mentioned by jackill. After about 500 metres, there is a smaller,...

  
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MV Gathering & Awards - This Friday!!
Onzy 4 days ago.
ALL WELCOME !

  
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Camlough Mountain: Army Dreamers
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a week ago.
Relatively recent history has liberated Camlough Mountain from the bonds of the military: some metallic paraphernalia remains high on its slopes but if one puts that aside it's a cracking little e...


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