Glencoaghan Horseshoe, County Galway

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12 Bens, County Galway, September 9th 2014

September 9th 2014. Glencoaghan Horseshoe: Derryclare – Bencorr – Bencollaghduff – Benbreen – Bengower – Benlettery. Bright and sunny, very light winds. The descent from Bencollaghduff required some scrambling and back climbing. The descent from Benbreen via a steep scree slope required snow slope techniques. Superb views across the Connemara hills and on over to Mayo. Good practice for Italian alps next week.   Distance: 12K  Duration: 9 hours  Height gain: 1,470m   Max height: 715m

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Two of Donegal’s Finest

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View from shoulder of Slieve Snaught, Derryveagh Mountains, County Donegal, August 26th 2014

August 26th 2014. It was forty years since I set foot on Eirregal, saw it again yesterday then drove over to ascend Slieve Snaght (a new one for me).

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A walk on Maulin, County Wicklow

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View from Maulin, County Wicklow, August 22nd 2014

August 22nd 2014. A great walk with lots to see, great views of the Wicklow Mountains, Dublin Hills and the coast.

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The clearest of days on Carrauntoohil

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Hags Tooth, Carrauntoohil, County Kerry, June 2nd 2014

July 28th 2014. Led a group of walkers from UK with Tony Nation today. Hags Glen, Brother O’Sheas Gully, Beenkeeragh ridge,  Carauntoohil, Cnoc Toinne, Zig-Zags, walk out. Brilliant sunshine and a great group of people. The team at Cronin’s Yard looked after us well with tea and scones on our return. Great day. 

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Walking the Commeragh

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The Gap and Knockanaffrin, Commeragh Mountains, May 16th 2014

May 16th 2014. Walked from Kilclooney Wood to Boola. Across Coumshinagaun, Knockanaffrin (Conc an Aifrinn) , Knocksheegowna, Shauneenbreaga. Warm and sunny for the most part, some light cloud cover and haze in the afternoon, excellent visibility throughout. This was the first time I walked in Comeragh when the ground was not wet, I have seen another face of the Comeragh, great walk.  Distance: 15K  Duration: 7.5 hours  Height gain: 1,010m  Max height: 792m

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Walking the Nephin Beg Range, County Mayo

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Nephin Beg and Slieve Carr, Nephin Beg Range, September 6th 2013

September 5th & 6th 2013. Walked from Bangor to Newport. Across Slieve Corr, Nephin Beg, Glennamong, Curraunnobinnia, Ben Gorm. Warm mostly dry, a few showers, very light winds. Bivvied out on the NE slope of Glennamong, a good night for stars. Spectacular scenery and hard walking. Rucsac weight was about 13k, still felt it during ascent to Nephin Beg. Distance: 42K  Duration: 17 hours (walking)  Height gain: 2,620m  Max height: 721m

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