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BleckCra
2018-01-03 22:26:09
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The authorities in Nepal are deciding who goes into their big hills and who doesn't. New restrictions are to be imposed on novice, solo, disabled and other climbers.
The man who would never walk again. Should he be denied the opportunity to scale the biggest hills in the world and bask in the deserved glory of such an achievement?
The woman who has built her career on solo climbing and whose skills and experience in that discipline is unquestioned. Is she to be prevented from employing them on the roof of the world?
I am reminded of Terence Banjo Bannon's presentation to his mesmerised audiences when he relates an instance of a 15 minute window of opportunity enroute to bagging a Himalaya. Via a gully. A gully consumed by a Japanese lady, recipient of the climb as a gift and who had never been higher than her runners.
As good an example as any to impose some kind of restriction?
There would be 3 beneficiaries. The climbers encouraged away from killing themselves; the rescue teams excused from killing themselves; and the other climbers the rescue teams could be preventing from killing themselves.
Where do you draw the line? I am glad that I shall never be at the hard end of that decision.
But it does bring me to the thing in general - and to come down into the warm, damp bog most of us inhabit here - is the time rapidly approaching for forms, badges, microchipping and the authority of small pale boys in uniforms, to afford us access to the mountains?
I learned my trade in the Scottish Munros in very dangerous places and times. A callow youth (idiot) indulged by death long enough until I gained proper respect for it. If ye haed seen what I haed seen. Yet would I deny it to anyone? Not one bit of it; not to my children; not to my grandchildren.
But the apocalypse is coming and I have see the horsemen on the skyline. Foolish, feckless, innocents, in their sights.
It will be here when the nouveaux Donard riches, the nouveaux Carrauntoohil riches and the nouveaux Ben Nevis riches venture off piste in their plastic macs and plastic shoes into a place not notified by their phones or tablets.
At that point all our worst nightmares will collide and you and I will find ourselves obliged to carry evidence of our mountain skills before we are permitted on to the hill.
And a good thing too?
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Beinn Ghobhlach
Peter Walker 15 hours ago.
Beinn Ghobhlach by evening lightWhen you're told that you can do a walk in the morning if you're quick because your o... walk, Len: 10.9km, Climb: 739m, Area: Beinn Ghobhlach, Loch Maree to Loch Broo

  
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Suilven
Peter Walker a day ago.
I first read about Suilven when I was about 11. It was in some British geographical gazetteer, a stern washed-out pict... walk, Len: 24.0km, Climb: 1029m, Area: Lochinver to Ullapool (Britain) Suilve

  
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Slieve Elva: Fantastic scenery
Damian120 a day ago.
A stunning walk going up over Slieve Elva that you can begin and end end at Fanore Beach. Some great locations along the Caher River to stop and relax and watch the water gently flowing downstream...

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Knockannavea: Nice views to be had
csd 2 days ago.
While not very challenging, recent felling means the views along the way and from the summit are pleasant enough. A nice spot for a lunchtime walk.

  
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Maumtrasna Plateau via Dirkbeg and Buckaun Spurs
Onzy 2 days ago.
Route to the Mauntrasna plateau using the Dirkbeg spur for ascent and the Buckaun for descent. walk, Len: 10.8km, Climb: 535m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce C...

  
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Lough Oular From Tonlagee
tomlug48 2 days ago.
A beautiful July day on the summit of Tonlagee. Gazing down at the beautiful heart shaped Lough Oular.Tom Barragry & the Lugs .

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Knocknabro East Top: Drought made difficult ground trek possible
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat 4 days ago.
Knocknabro East Top is best climbed as part of a good loop walk, taking in the West and North-East tops of Knocknabro. This summit is best reached firstly via Knocknabro West Top and then onto the...

  
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Picos de Europa
peter1 3 days ago.
I can say with certainty three things: the ascent was not 3266m, given the peak is only 2503m; secondly, I will be back walk, Len: 13.9km, Climb: 3266m, Area: Spain, Cantabria ()

  
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Knocknabro North-East Top: NE Top Revealed
Collaborative entry Last edit by: CaminoPat 4 days ago.
This summit is best reached via Knocknabro West Top. Park at laneway to old farmhouse now in ruin at W15905 83498. Room for 1-2 cars to park. Climb gate at entrance and follow post and wire fence ...

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Sail Mhor
Peter Walker 5 days ago.
After a week of blazing sunshine in the Peak District overwhelmingly spent swimming in the pool, lazing by the pool a... walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 833m, Area: Sail Mhor, Loch Maree to Loch Broom (Bri

  
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.Lough Oular from Tonlagee
tomlug48 2 days ago.
A beautiful July day on the summit of Tonlagee. Gazing down at the beautiful heart shaped Lough Oular.Tom Barragry & the Brothers of the Lug.

  
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Knocknabro West Top: A Long Hard Slog
CaminoPat 4 days ago.
Park at laneway to old farmhouse now in ruin at W15905 83498. Room for 1-2 cars to park. Climb gate at entrance and follow post and wire fence heading north until W16029 84252. From there head acr...


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