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2017-12-07 22:14:13
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Enjoy your trip
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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Gibbet Hill Windfarm
conormcbandon a few minutes ago.
run, Len: 5.5km, Climb: 62m, Area: Gibbet Hill, North Wexford (Ireland) Gibbet ...

  
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Loop Head North East Top
conormcbandon a few minutes ago.
walk, Len: 1.1km, Climb: 44m, Area: Loop Head NE Top, Clare Coastal Hill (Irela...

  
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Knockakishaun: Bunowen River can present problems
markwallace an hour 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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East Coast: Malahide to Portmarnock
Onzy 2 hours ago.
walk, Len: 6.7km, Climb: 38m, Area: Dublin Islands (Ireland)

  
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Slievelamagan
Aidy 7 hours ago.
A walk up to Slievelamagan, then on to Cove Mountain and Slieve Beg, starting and finishing at Carrick Little. I had ... walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 790m, Area: Slievelamagan, Mourne Mountains (Ireland

  
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Brandon From The Connor Pass
Aidy 7 hours ago.
Hugely enjoyable walk, taking in seven summits, with some of the best views in Ireland. Most would probably do this i... walk, Len: 21.3km, Climb: 1463m, Area: An Bhinn Dubh, Brandon Group (Ireland)

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2 baaags please
BleckCra 10 hours ago.
Yes Aidy. Apparently there's some bad grass going around.

  
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A New Hazard!
Aidy a day ago.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45231987Never heard of this happening before.

  
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Crocknafarragh: The High Route around Glentornan Lough
jsramsey1491 a day 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...

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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 2 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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Meelin Hill, Brackloon and Knockafeehane
Bunsen7 2 days ago.
A grand and simple waymarked trail for a day of low lying cloud.Park up at the post office beside the Tom Crean mini-p... walk, Len: 7.2km, Climb: 343m, Area: Knockafeehane, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Kno

  
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Eagles Hill, Mullaghbeg, Beenrour
bogtrotter 2 days ago.
There?s plenty of room for parking at the cemetery at the top of Coad Road, near Castle Cove. From here we headed SW ... walk, Len: 21.6km, Climb: 825m, Area: Eagles Hill, Dunkerron Mountains (Irelan


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