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The first flurry of snow here in Armagh. A biting wind. Antenna whiskers taste the chill air and the prospect of picture postcard winter days. In no time at all, the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue will be airlifting some foundered ingenu off Cairn Toul.
There is something about the word "accident" that draws people, like fools into a damp gully in March.
If you are driving your children to school in a small car and a man coming the opposite way in a Volvo estate becomes ill and runs into you, busting up your leg bad enough that you will never work again, as happened to a colleague of mine, that is an accident.
If a man falls off Howling Ridge, the cliffs of Belbulben or off the face of Ben Crom ..... well ...., to be discussed.
I have never killed myself on a mountain (that I know of) nota bene the phraseology - "killed myself"- my phraseology although perhaps not yours, but in the hills, solo, I take all responsibility for living or dying on my own shoulders. There is no complicated kit to go wrong and blame, there is no unconscious man in a Volvo estate hurtling towards me to blame, there is no accident to blame.
... and for me, that is at the very heart of hillwalking: my decisions, my smarts and often enough my own very stupids.
Every life threatening situation I have ever got into, (phraseology again) has been got into by me and it has been me that has had to get me out of it. Running off An Stuc in black mist on to the naked crag. Lost off Slieve Bearnagh in nil vis and hanging above Crom Reservoir. Off desolate Macaterick, 180 to the correct bearing, in 2m cloud base, January. On Douglas Crag out of gas at the top of the gully - one step to heaven or hell. And only last year, pretty well done for, trapped at the edge of nightfall between torrential floods off the Glen and Blackstairs rivers.
My demise in any one of these circumstances? Not an accident in sight. All and every one my own doing. Bad planning, bad navigation, inexperience; and far too much bollocks in my head.
This impending winter we can imagine someone might take a skite off some emminently skiteable place or other and we as a community will hold and publicise our awkward and uncomfortable vigils and talk about accidents.
When the day comes that a bad decision launches me, arse foremost, into eternity, I know my friends (because they are my friends) will engage in a raucous debate about about WTF he was doing there, eejit? - and "accident" won't even come into it.
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Slieve Bawn: Now home to a Windfarm and Recreation Area
melohara 20 hours ago.
Slieve Bawn is now home to the Sliabh Bawn Windfarm and Recreation Area, a joint development between Coillte and Bord na Móna. Car parks have been provided and a number of walking trails developed...

  
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Carrauntoohil: Many routes to the top...
donalhunt a day ago.
Posting purely to share the photo which was taken from Cruach Mhór on 21 June 2014.Another source with additional routes indicated (e.g. via The Bone and Cruach Mhór) is available from http://www....

  
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Dingle to Cloghane
aidand a day ago.
David-Guenot is correct. The route I referred to crosses the col to the north of Ballysitteragh. It's an old horse and cart road so there is no difficulty with the route finding. Last summer I wal...

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Chimney Rock Mountain: Season's Greetings from up The Chimney
BleckCra 5 days ago.
Lang may yer lum reek.

  
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Irish runners in the Spine Race
IainT a day ago.
Two Irish runners are doing well in the Montane Spine Race, which started on sunday morning. It's 268 miles up the Pennine Way, unsupported, in January, so a real toughie. Eoin Keith from Cork is ...

  
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Mount Leinster: Winter coat
Kennyj a week ago.
Mount Leinster sporting it’s winter coat today,bitterly cold up there this morning

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Slievecarran: One of my favourites in the Burren
Damian120 a week ago.
Slieve Carran is an easy enough climb but still offers up some astounding scenery overlooking Eagle's Rock. At the summit, there's a huge megalithic cairn that has never been excavated. Take your ...

  
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Drumnalifferney North East Top
Aidy a week ago.
I did this route in winter conditions, and the views to be had around the Derryveagh Mountains, over Dunlewey, and ac... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 577m, Area: Drumnalifferny North-East Top, Donegal NW

  
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Carrig Mountain: Ideally combined with Keadeen
ewen a week ago.
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January Club Walk - Na Sleibhte Hillwalking Club - Route 1 (of 5 options)
GSheehy a week ago.
" 'Twas like doing the Turks challenge after the Christmas dinner." walk, Len: 31.0km, Climb: 1800m, Area: Fauscoum, Comeragh Mountains (Ireland) F...

  
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Re: Dingle to Cloghane
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
Well spotted Aidand, this would be the safest route indeed -although I guess you are talking about the col between Ballysitteragh and Gearhane (pt 397m), right ?

  
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vincentez
vincentez 6 days ago.
I like cycling and hiking the hills and mountains of Kerry and Cork. Often accompanied by my fox terrier Apache.


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