Look up Look Down Challenge : Week 22


I enjoy hillwalking, and it fits in nicely with this challenge.   My friends and I head out on a sunny -or wet – day, all excited to be out in the fresh air, and to be getting exercise at the same time.     We park the cars, get our boots and jackets on, get the walking poles ready and walk to the base of the mountain.    Then we look at the mountain and think ‘how will we ever get to the top of that’!   We plod on, step by step, stopping for a breather to admire the view every 10 or 15 minutes, then after another while we look back to the start and think ‘wow, we have come a long way’, and we don’t even realise how much ground we have covered!

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Walking through the mists

After about two hours, we reach the top….bliss…..find a dry stone to sit on, off with the rucksacks, and out with the lunch.    We usually spend about 20 minutes at the top, then its off again, this time the trek back downhill.   This can sometimes be more strenuous than the climb, if the descent is steep, and then we are very grateful for the poles to keep us upright on the steep slopes.

Here are some of my ‘Look Up, Look Down’ pictures, most taken in Cork and Kerry.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ledrakenoir
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 13:20:24

    Very well captured – it’s looks really great – looks absolutly worth visiting… 🙂

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  2. janeykate
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 17:42:07

    Love the photos and love hill walking too! Unfortunately there are not many hills here, once I’m home though, I will be straight out into those hills
    Jane x

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  3. KerryCan
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 22:47:34

    I love hiking in the mountains, too–the photos make me wish it was the kind of weather for it! And I agree –the downhill can be every bit as difficult as going up!

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  4. Roy McCarthy
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 08:26:21

    You must be fit as a flea Joan, and an example to some much younger. But indeed the views from the Cork & Kerry mountains are unsurpassed. A couple of years ago I did a training run up a lane behind Ballyvourney, turned around after 30 minutes and gasped out loud such was the vista. Thanks for these pics

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  5. tric
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 20:09:51

    Joan, I love your blog. I do a regular post on my own blog called “Freshly Impressed” in which I feature posts I’ve enjoyed. I hope you don’t mind but I have picked two of yours. This one and the one called “Bend in the River”. I’d love my own readers to come check you out.

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  6. Trackback: Freshly Impressed #11 | My thoughts on a page.
  7. C.J. Black
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 20:47:04

    Thanks to Tric I have more trails to follow and avenues to explore.
    Chris.

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