Walking in the Knockmealdowns, County Waterford

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Knockmealdown, County Waterford, March 2nd 2011

March 2011: 2 Great days walking in these lovely mountains.

Cruachan – Knockmeal – Knocknafallia – Knocknagnauv – Knockmealdown – Knockmoylan – Knockshane    Distance: 18K    Duration: 8 hours    Height gain: 1,000m    Max height: 794m

Knockuanaboulloga – Knockshanahullion – Knockclogga    Distance: 13K    Duration: 4.5 hours    Height gain: 630m    Max height: 852m

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A visit to Benbulben, County Sligo

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Benwiskin, County Sligo, April 21st 2013

April 21st 2013: Benbulbin.  Tackled the slope head on, so very steep ascent and descent, good practice.    Outstanding views, including the striking Benwiskin.   Distance: 4k    Duration: 2 hours    Height gain: 275m    Max height: 526m

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A walk on the Burren, County Clare

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Bush shaped by the wind, The Burren, County Clare, March 10th 2011

March 10th 2011: Black Head Loop. The track South between Cappanawalla and Gleninagh Mountain seemed quite unused now, so we picked up the lopped walk and followed that, thinking to revert to route later on. Noticed though that would have brought us across the stone flags, crossing dry-stone walls just to get to the tops, so we stayed with the looped walk so as to least disturb this unique terrain.    Distance: 26K    Duration: 6 hours    Height gain: 200m    Max height: 300m

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A walk on Kilpedder Hill, County Wicklow

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Great Sugarloaf and Little Sugarloaf, County Wicklow, October 24th 2014

October 24th 2014: KIlpedder Hill.  Not sure this place is well known but the views are special.

Great Sugarloaf & Little Sugarloaf. With Killiney Head and Howth Head in the distance (across Dublin Bay).

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Wicklow Mountains National Park

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Mountain Skills, Lugnaquilla, County Wicklow, October 2014

October 18th-19th 2014. Views of the Wicklow Mountains at Glenmalure and Glendalough taken during an assessment.

Fraughan Rock Glen, Turlough Hill, Camaderry, The Brockagh, Tonelagee, Glendasan Valley

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Autumn Day on Carrauntoohil

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Hags Glen and Eastern Reeks, McGillicuddy Reeks, County Kerry, October 4th 2014

October 4th 2014

Escorted a group to top of Carrauntoohil, great group, super views, dramatic rescue (not one of ours), walked out in moonlight.

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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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