CaptainVertigo: Track 3288 in area near Mullaghbeg, Dunkerron Mountains (Ireland)
Mullaghbeg and Eagles Hill
Length: 14.5km, Creator time taken: 3h46m, Ascent: 615m, Descent: 622m
Places:Start at V57866 60744, Mullach Bog, An Bhinn Riabhach, end at Start Logged as completed by 1
I propose to call this Track: Vertigo's Rhapsody on a Theme by Onzy (who in turn credits Colin Murphy) as it is but a sad rehash of his Track 2834 "South West Iveragh" .
Expectations were limited. I wished only to capture the two Arderin outliers, Mullaghbeg and Eagles Hill, with the minimum of effort, in the shortest possible time, given that the entire operation was a spousally sanctioned off shoot of a family holiday visit to Daniel O'Connell's home place in nearby Derrynane. I was delighted to be accompanied by my son John in the last days before the dreaded Leaving Cert results but young Peter had pulled a muscle at a Scout Fest and was doomed to be imprisoned in the bosom of The Liberator for the afternoon.
Where to Begin I ruled out a walk from the environs of Caherdaniel over the bog roads. I couldn't be sure how far up you might drive and if there might be parking problems and didn't have time for reconnaissance. So the Murphy/Onzy route seemed to get closest to the target mountains, from the south anyway, as well as getting the walker to a decent base height. I parked in front of the graveyard (see Start), being unwilling to risk driving up the cul-de-sac where Onzy set off least there be congestion or other difficulties. (I allow that you'd need to be alive to the possibility of a funeral at the graveyard.) The Kerry Way Now I noted that Onzy went along the Kerry Way to the southern side of Eagles Hill and then had a severe enough ascent to attain the summit. Determined to finally log a Track that would outwit the younger and fitter man, and better his time, I planned an early departure from the Way, as part of a zig-zag back to the copper mine. I figured this would get me onto the spine of the southern spur of Coad Mountain with easier gradients and I would tackle Mullaghbeg first, retrace my steps to Coad and leave the higher Eagles Hill for a fabulous finale, with a descent over steep ground to the Way and home.Carping the Diem Sure enough we appreciated the gentle ascent afforded by the zig-zagging as the day was not just bright but warm. But all the machinations and cunning plots melted away as the journey went on. I began to realise that I had, randomly, been gifted a cruise over incredible scenary on a special day. It would have been a joy to linger longer on Eagles Hill in a pivotal position over south west Iveragh. Sadly our allotted time there was brief but full of grandeur and the moment was fleetingly grasped and then relinquished. We descended rapidly (risking "the bends") and raced back to the graveyard, a suitable reminder that every diem should be carped. By the time we reached the waiting crew at Derrynane House, it was clear that we, not they, were "the liberated".
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