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padodes
2008-10-18 18:18:36
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Boots
Replying to Moac’s query about boot repairs some time ago, Jackill did some “sole searching” (25/09/08) and came up with a place where, even in this age of unrepentant consumerism, a sole can still be saved. Some might argue that once a boot has begun to lose its sole, it is beyond redemption and should be consigned to outer darkness. On the other hand, should we cast out old friends just because deep wrinkles now furrow their brow or because their steps have begun to falter? Between a walker and a tried and trusty pair of boots there is a bond that asks for nothing better than everlasting prolongation.

Over the years, my own successive pairs of boots have espoused every bulge and bend, every curve and cleft, of my knobbly feet. They have cocooned them in relative comfort, taken them dry across sucking bogs and intact up the side of craggy mountains. They have even followed me abroad and walked with me in exotic places. Why should it all end in inconsolable divorce? I do admit that I haven’t ever gone so far as to resole my worn-out boots. Nonetheless, they continue to get a grateful coat of wax from time to time, and we still share memories that are far more enduring than vibram and leather.

I found the boots you see in the photo on top of a small hill (T 1774 9462) near Trooperstown in Wicklow. One can hardly imagine what sole-wrenching drama must have played itself out here that could have led to such a final separation.


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Camaderry South East Top: Glenealo Valley and Miners Village
sev 22 hours ago.
Glenealo Valley and Miners Village - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Glendalough Upper Lake
sev 22 hours ago.
Glendalough Upper Lake and the valley - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
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Seefin: "Megalithic Fallout Shelter"
sev a day ago.
Wicklow Mountains - Megalithic tomb on Seefin Mt.http://youtu.be/u--BKEqB-JM

Summit Summary
Skregmore: Incidental summit in the Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a day ago.
Much climbed but little remembered, Skregmore is a victim of its location. One of the highest summits in Ireland but adjacent to still higher tops, impressively rocky but still far less dramatic t...

  
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Near Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland)
Gus 3 days ago.
Tough ascent from the carpark, but once on the ridge is reasonably easy with an identifiable track. On the return kee... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 413m, Area: Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullio

  
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Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 2 days ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

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Wicklow: Cullentragh Mountain
Onzy a week ago.
Easiest route to an hill that is really just a point on the way to Mullacor and beyond ... run, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 185m, Area: Cullentragh Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Irela...

  
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Tievnabinnia: Bulky Sheeffrys summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 days ago.
Tievnabinnia is the easternmost of the higher Sheeffry Hills, a distinctly bulky eminence where gently grassy upper slopes contrast with a series of steep corries to both north and south of its ge...

  
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WalkinIreland
WalkinIreland 3 days ago.
Walking Holiday Ireland provide self-guided hiking & guided walking tours in Ireland’s Ancient East and along the Wild Atlantic Way since 2012 for hiking & trekking enthusiasts from around t...

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Maumtrasna: A steep-sided fortress in the West
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 4 days ago.
Maumtrasna is one of the most singular mountains in Ireland, a monumental sprawl of plateau plunging away in viciously steep slopes around almost all of its perimeter; these slopes are themselves ...

  
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A Postcard from the Edge
mcrtchly a week ago.
This summer we spent 2 weeks in the Faroe Islands, a remote arrowhead-shaped archipelago of 18 basalt islands rising up walk, Len: 4.3km, Climb: 216m, Area: Faroe Islands, Nor?oyar ()

  
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Corn Hill: New Pathway around the Summit
TommyMc 6 days ago.
A new pathway around the summit has been installed over the summer. Walkers are now met with a locked gate within circa 50 yards of the masts and trig point, but a new and quite attractive pathway...


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