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Comeragh Crossing 2012
"Look sharp now . . .
we need to sweep . . . "
mmm, didn't think the carpark was that dirty!
A curious utterence that we couldn't really figure out until much later in the afternoon
when we realised that these were the guys looking to do the final sweep on the Comeragh Challenge and that we were the guys still on our arses lapping up the sunshine, having the chat and enjoying an abundance of brilliant breac! Yum.
Of course this is the main checkpoint at the Nire Valley that we speak of!
But such is the day and the nature of this great challenge that at times one can easilly forget that there is more routefinding and other checkpoints that must be conquered before one should really kick up the boots.
Considering we had been told that June 2012 was the wettest since records began and that July certainly hadn't begun any better . . . . the day that was to grace this year's Comeragh Crossing was a Godsend!
The ridge parts of the walk would present sweeping views in all directions and the plateau parts of the walk showed the incredible Coums in all their glacial glory.
But the rewards of the day came with a tough price . . . !
Underfoot conditions were probably the softest in years (talk about sloppin and slurpin!) requiring considerable extra effort from all the walkers on all the different grades. Indeed these conditions certainly catapult the pains of the great day right up there with the toughest of any a Challenge!
But of course this is the nature of Challenge Walks in Ireland where one year on any given walk the struggles can be gargantuan then the next, everyone new to the walk is wondering what all the fuss is about!
But sure isn't this why we love them all so!
This, and of course the familiar welcome and expertise of the Dungarvan Hillwalking Club who continue to host with great gusto one of the most popular days in the year's calender.
With considerable proceeds going to very deserving causes locally -
Many Thanks to All,