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Message posted by BRYANMITCH on 03/2/2019 at 12:41am
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Come on backpackers and lightweight campers...no tales of daring exploits! No photos of our recent expeditions?
I thoroughly enjoy hearing and seeing what you get up to! No longer able to yomp around the hills and camp behind a wall wrapped in a bin bag (due to my body surrendering basically)--You guys are my link to the great outdoors! I can still get from my tent to the pub provided the distance is reasonable -- and even get back after a few glasses of liquid pain relief. But I do check regularly to see what youve been up to! Stay SAFE.

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Only day hillwalks every week at the moment. Don't have the time off. I'm off tomorrow so heading up My Leinster to hagnit's top and on to Black Rock mountain. Last Sunday was a jaunt up Croaghanmoira in the Wicklow mountains.Very windy, almost got blown away.
We have a trip planned for the Mournes in May or June. Two or three day with high mountain camps.
The next big walk is in 2020. Family commitments mean we had to delay it. Basically it involves doing part of the the Kungsleden trail in Sweden. South to North from Nikkaluokta to Abisko either in June or September. Need to organise flights, sleeper train and logistics. Also need two new insulated air mats. We will be camping as hut fees are expensive and the wife doesn't like sleeping in bunk houses anyway.
A good site to go to for hills in Ireland is mountainviews.ie lots of trip reports and photos etc.


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Message posted by BRYANMITCH on 03/2/2019 at 9:43pm
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Wish my diary looked like that Ewen! We visited Ireland last summer-hired a boat on the Shannon --loved it and will be back for more! Loved the place and the people.So much to see on our own doorstep.One of our travelling companions/fellow campers has a total block on flying so its roads or ferries for us--not complaining--so much to see.Enjoy and look forward to youre reports.

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I prefer boats and trains as well. I don't like the waiting around in airports and the security and the pain in my ears. I always seem to catch cold too.
I would love to go up the Shannon but I am not confident in handling a boat.
Off to bed now as day in lieu tomorrow so going hillwalking.

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Had to do a shorter walk. Road up was covered in frozen snow will a sheer drop on one side. There was no way I could get to the parking. I had to reverse on I've about 2km before I could do a three pointer. Bit of a squeeky bum moment.

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Hello Bryanmitch .
Sorry to hear you can't yomp or hike to far anymore.
Can you still camp out on forest sites with short trail track walks, and campsite near canals with towpaths were you can do leisurely walks .
With pubs nearby For liquid refreshments to ease your pain .
Regards to reports of expeditions hikes walks and backpacking . I have done lots of reviews .On the Backpacking forum , What I did find was there was not much Interest show only a few people replied to my quests.


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I find I am back to using my wee tents more than the big tent. The way my roster has worked out, I might be able to manage an overnighter in the Wicklow mountains. Thinking get dropped of at the Sally gap to laragh with a pitch near Mullaghcleevaun and second day down to the pub for a pick up by the wife.

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A tarp?
Personally a tent is my choice followed by tarp combined with a bivvy bag. A hammock isn't much use as most of my wild camping is in areas where there aren't trees or the trees are commercially planted with no room. A tarp and bivvy are no use after May for me because of the midges.
I am guessing extreme stealth will be in order as there are patrols checking on wild camping. Give me somewhere where it is legal. Less stress.

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Struggling at moment. Last trip was October to Knoydart.   Riding a lot to keep fitness up but basically my ankle is shot with arthritis.   Seeing a specialist in a few weeks to discuss options.



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Message posted by Ewen c on 06/3/2019 at 6:25am via mobile
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Sorry to hear that SB. I guess our younger days take their toll. My knees need taping up and I dread a return of the sciatica.
Was that a through trip to inverie? A lot of the routes seem to be getting busier. It seems more people are getting their boots on.
Luckily I still manage a hill walk a week. I used to disparage hill baggers but it gives me an incentive to get out these days. I am used to early starts from Scotland but the Irish hit the hills late. I'm usually coming down when they are getting their stuff out of the cars so I get the hill to myself. I would rather be going up at dawn than coming down at sunset.

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Cheers. Aye - we started in Glenfinnan. Handy for train. We got for a week every year at the start of our 'season'. Missed 3 or 4 trips since & unlikely to make this years trip.   Specialist podiatrist discovered my right lower leg is misaligned, probably from birth & that has caused gradual issue with supination & lead to wear & tear & my current situation.   Explains a few things over the years I didn't give too much thought to at the time.   I can still ride fortunately & will be bikepacking hopefully. Not sure what will happen yet but ankle fusion has been mentioned.

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Not nice.
That is a nice walk from Glenfinnan. Lovely photo. What are you using, phone, DSLR? I can't get mine like that.

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That was a little Sony compact but now using the Huawei P20 pro with triple Leica lens. Bit of help from Snapseed on the editing as a lot of pics don't look as good as what the naked eye saw.

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Ah, I don't edit unless I shoot in raw.I don't have the skills, time or patience. I was looking at the P20 pro as have an upgrade next month ..
Always fancied a leica.
Never use the phone though. I have a little nikon1 V1. Discontinued but a lovely, if quirky, camera.

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P20 pro takes great shots so little more than cropping ever needed. Great night shots too - city light, starry skies. I send camera shots to phone to edit in Snapseed as much easier than Photoshop for me.

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Afternoon guys! Still here! That looks great SB..I went to Knoydart a few years back(had to have a pint at the Forge!) only took the easy way by boat from Mallaig.
Zizag..not wanting to dwell on my problems too much(hip gone on one side and knee on the other)but I am able to camp ok but can only realistically walk for 20 mins--however I did purchase a folding mountain bike last year which has extended my range considerably and only a matter of days ago had a tryout on an E-BIKE! This was a mountain bike made by Giant.Absolutely fantastic--but brings its own problems. Firsty the cost!! -But this particular bike belonged to a friend who buys through a cycle to work scheme who may be willing to part with it soon and secondly--I would need to camp with an EHU in order to keep the thing charged up.I have a few favourite sites which cater for my particular needs..I spend a lot of weekends at Traffords park near Bassenthwaite which serves as a good base for anybody walking in the Keswick area--basic-cheap-and a bus stop at the gate. I bought a Slumit Grizzly 4 last year which works well for me ..a bit of space to live in and easy to handle when camping alone.
Ewen..booking a boat out of Portumna for a week in september..will be carrying binoculars ..so will keep an eye out for you!!
ps..looking to book a local weekend soon..visited proctor stead campsite website----dogs welcome--tent campers and trailer tents no longer allowed!!

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