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Onzy: Track 2397 in area near Keale Mountain, Ballyhoura Mountains (Ireland)
Up and down (and round) Keale Mountain
Length: 4.1km, Creator time taken: 1h13m, Ascent: 187m,
Descent: 149m

Places: Start at R69979 20171, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

This walk started promisingly with an unmarked forest track and carpark space appearing at what looked like a good starting point. However, the joy was short-lived with the debris from the storm soon evident. Tracks being blocked (I wasn't sure where they went anyhow!), I took to the rough ground at R699200, where there was a turning circle, and headed straight up over felled debris, storm debris and brambles, .

Another pleasant surprise; I hit a track at R6791019888 - this one was marked on the OS which indicated a circuit of the hill was possible. I was unclear how I was going to get to the summit as a wall of inpenetrable forest loomed right ahead of me, so I decided to follow the circular track in an anti-clockwise direction, I walked right around the hill, probing occasionally for an entry and finding none. When I had almost completed the circuit back to R6791019888, I spotted an area of felled forest and a track heading roughly in the right direction, at R6972419845 a matter of metres from my starting point!

Heading along this, it became clear that my trouble were only beginning - the summit was in the area of unfelled forest. Thus ensued a Barranisky-like, half stumble, half crawl through dense trackless forest with zero visibility clutching the gps in one paw and trying to keep branches out of my eyes with the other. Another fun day in Ballyhoura.

Uploaded on: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 (21:39:52)
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British summit data courtesy:
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(Creative Commons Licence), a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 2100 Summiteers, 1400 Contributors, Monthly Newsletter since 2007