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Recent muckings about on Inishowen

Date: 4,5&6th June 2005
Submitted by: Peter Cooper
Sat. 4th June Alan Tees and myself got out to Bunagee/Dunowen, once on route the rain came down again; for once it added to the day for me. 'Lobster Pot' in particular gave much sport, as I floundered around on a top-rope trying to get past a flower and mud filled crux. It was then to McGrory's for a couple of pints. Sunday's antics with Brian Wingham, at Malin, got off to a rather late, post McGrory's Backroom, hung-over start (3 whole pints of Guiness/lang dubh...count them!). A new HVS route of no note, unless you count a spot of scary exposure and pieces coming off in my hand during an on-site lead, was put up. We did a little top-roping out of laziness or was it pure fear Brian ('project' report to follow soon I feel/hope)? Monday (yes 3 days on the trot...count them too, if you like!) saw a trip to Kinagoe with Brian. Brian led 'Forked Lightening' he found the route to be fully worthy of it's 3-star status. He then did the 2nd ascent of my 'Fools marinere 109', which he really appreciated "why do I trust you Cooper?" He hates the sea so I got him do do a rising traverse over the aforementioned (ho ho). The evening was rounded off with an ascent of 'Red Duster'. No beers afterwards, just straight home to our loved ones to proclaim "look it's still light!", the current post 10pm dusks round here work in the climber's favour by the solstice we get no fully dark nights at all; though this can screw-up post-cragging pub visits.

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