GSheehy: Track 4305 in area near Slieveanard NE Top, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
Galty Mountain Skyline Yo-Yo
Length: 51.5km, Creator time taken: 10h56m, Ascent: 2248m, Descent: 2246m
Places:Start at S03721 25857, Slieveanard NE Top, Slieveanard, Laghtshanaquilla, Greenane, Galtybeg, Carrignabinnia, Temple Hill, Lyracappul, Slievecushnabinnia, Galtymore, Greenane West, Laghtshanaquilla North-East Top, Sturrakeen, end at Start Logged as completed by 1
It's been a while and I hope this upload finds you all well.
The auld challenge walk calendar has been decimated and it's only now that the regular participants are getting going again and working on their fitness levels. No doubt you'll all have found out that having no access to the mountains for 8 weeks is going to lead to some pain on the comeback, as we tend to overdose on those first few walks when we're back on the hills. There's no fitness like hill fitness. Whilst looking through my history of tracks I discovered that the last time I did a 50+km walk one was in December 2018. To be honest, I wasn't able to contemplate one, as I was pretty wrecked from that cumulative 100,000m height gain target thing for 2017, 2018, 2019. The body just didn't want to know when I tried to push it over the last 5 months and frustration set in with the length of the recovery. However, those first 8 weeks of Covid lockdown might have worked in my favour - forced rest. I started feeling good towards the end of May so I decided to plan a long one where the height gain wasn't too savage. I came up with this track. I knew that if I wanted to bail out at any stage I could have just made a phone call and be collected with my tail between my legs. It's not just the length that makes this difficult, there are no sources of water along the way (plus it's June) and you're never sure of how much food you'll need. The challenge is just to finish it, as per every other hillwalking challenge. The day turned out good. It was nippy enough, with the wind, early in the day as I contemplated donning the spare socks on my hands - didn't think I'd need gloves that day. There was a bit of mist down from Farbrega to Lyracappul on the way out but it was clear after that. It was nice and overcast so the sun didn't appear too often to sap the energy. I met 10 other walkers between the top of the gully above Lough Curran and Galtybeg, on the way back, and that was it for the day.
Uploaded on: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 (12:08:40) Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/track/4305/ To download GPS tracks you must be enrolled and logged in. See "Login or enrol", top right - quick and easy.
Comment created by simon3 Jun-25
This is a very honest account of coming back from a rest, albeit a forced rest. The elevation profile shows the symmetry of this out and back route.
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